Mama's Royal Cafe: 4012 Broadway in Oakland
Cost: $9.00 (niman ranch bacon cheeseburger, including side salad)
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I had lunch with a friend on Friday, and couldn't pass up an opportunity to indulge in another burger. Ironically, he's one of the only friends who isn't an FBE (fellow burger enthusiast). In any case, Mama's is a spacious diner in between Piedmont Avenue and Rockridge. It's another one of those places that represents a good cross section of the diversity in Oakland. I think the staffs all got some serious style too. Mama's also has an annual napkin art contest where contestants can win up to 300 dollars cash in prizes and free meals.
Today I ordered Mama's Niman Ranch 1/3 lb. bacon cheeseburger with Jarlsburg and a side salad. I specified "medium-rare" as the grilling preference.
Verdict: Although I was initially impressed by the presentation; note those ski shaped strips of bacon. I was a little disappointed by the choice of bun, and lack of toastiness. Because of the lack of toastiness, the bun easily fell apart when handling the burger and contributed to the somewhat overall dry experience. The bacon and salad were great, however.