4 August 2006-
Bistro Burger: 201 Mission Street in San Francisco
Cost: $6.59 (niman ranch bacon cheeseburger, fries extra)
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I have this to say about Bistro Burger. Same name, different burgers at all of their locations. I don't think the burgers at each restaurant are consistent by any means. Based on my recollection, the joint in downtown Oakland is by far, the best. This location, within the 2 block radius of work, usually gets packed, but it's an inferior burger in comparison.
I ordered a "bacon cheeseburger royale" with provolone. Whilst the franchise does offer a variety of cheeses, there's no grilling preference option. It's also not my preference to have a burger served without any condiments. Mayo, which is my burger condiment of choice, came in squeezable packages. I squirted a couple of servings of Hellman's and dove into my burger. The patty was grilled at a decent medium, with adequate burger juices. But there was an unfortunate generic mayo after taste with every juicy bite. Plus, the bun wasn't toasted enough.
Verdict: Although it's niman ranch, it's not a very favorable burger experience. I'm going to start reviewing each location separately because I think the name and the reputation that goes along with it, deserves a second chance.