Staff Writer Madeleine Forbes Checks Out the New Craze on Four-dollar Toast
More independent coffee shops are opening around the city, trying to make their mark with different coffee roasts, fancy baked goods, and more recently— toast. Toast is the latest artisanal food craze that has taken over SF. Cafés are using bread from local bakers and putting their own twist to the standard breakfast toast.
Are you looking for a tasty little bite on a Friday night? Well Roam Artisan Burgers is just a short ride on the 38 to Fillmore away. The tasty burger joint gives you that “I got off campus” feel without being too far away. Walking inside, I could feel the youthful energy and hip vibe all throughout the place.
Standing in line, I examined the menu posted on the wall—should I order a beef, turkey, bison, veggie or elk burger? I ended up ordering their Sunny Side burger (organic free range egg, aged white cheddars, caramelized onions, greens, tomato and sweet chili sauce) and an orange creamsicle shake.
After ordering, finding a seat can be a bit of a challenge. Roam has and informal, semi-beer hall seating which adds to the social and warm atmosphere. A couple left, freeing up a table, and we were quickly seated. About 10 minutes later burger arrtive along with my cold creamsicle shake.
This place definitely follows the saying “If it doesn’t get all over the place it doesn’t belong in your face.” From that first bite of juicy free range beef, combined with a good balance between the egg and the sweet caramelized onions, I found myself having to use a napkin frequently; the burger seemingly unable to contain all of the amazing chili sauce. Yet, even the messiness of the burger added to the taste and experience of eating a Roam burger, and trust me, you had to be 100% focused on eating this burger. Sipping on the creamy and smooth shake in-between bites of my burger completed the delicious experience.
Once I finished eating and throwing away my piles of napkins, I noticed the scores of people waiting to take my seat. It just goes to show you how beloved Roam Artisan Burgers is amongst San Franciscans.
Roam Artisan Burger Locations:
1923 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA
1785 Union Street
San Francisco, CA
Food Columnist Devin Hardy offers up a tasty Valentine’s Day dinner for two.
It’s Valentine’s Day next Thursday, and you haven’t made a reservation! Don’t panic, keep it old school and prepare that special someone a fun, tasty meal. This meal is all about comfort. Time to get started on this taste adventure!
Let’s start off with something a little cheesy, an artichoke melt. This will dissolve any lingering tensions and melt away those reservations you have about tackling this challenge of cooking from scratch.
Appetizer: Artichoke Melt
Sourdough or white break, thickly sliced
Mayo (substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream)
Combine mayo and hearts in a bowl, and spread the mixture over the bread. Top with a layer of mozzarella, bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Option: for presentation points, serve it over a sprinkle of parsley flakes.
Now, it’s time to get into the meat of this story, quite literally. We’ll dive into the main course—a bourbon (or substitute*) marinated steak that has a smokey flavor to it, but is also slightly sweet.
Main Course: Marinated Steak
Caramelize the onions, and then add the chili and garlic. Then after letting them sauté, add coke. Then place your meat in it and let it sit for 5 hours. Take those out and sear in a pan. You can also boil the rest of the marinade for a reduction/the onions absorb the liquid making it a bit more flavorful. When the center of the steak gets to about 160 degrees in the middle, take them out and then you can finish it in the oven.
*(Option: You can substitute the entire marinade above for coke, seven-up, soy sauce, and sesame oil. This goes better with thin slices of steak like brisket or flank. It is a lighter, more citrus flavor. It won’t overwhelm you either since it’s much simpler).
Dessert: Chocolate Caramel Corn
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
12 cups popcorn
Melt butter over medium heat. Add in sugar and corn syrup, whisking until mixture begins to bubble. Turn off heat and whisk in vanilla, salt and baking soda. Fold in popcorn. This is the point in time when I melt the chocolates and drizzle over Carmel corn.
Well, adventurer, you’ve reached the end of this story. Bottom line: Food on Valentine’s Day is about comfort. Because when you have comfort food, you feel as ease with that special someone.
Food Columnist Karina Alexander graduates and signs off.
San Francisco has been my home for the past four years. I have tried great food, developed an respectable palette that consists of more than Top Ramen and Jell-o, and explored more restaurants than I can count (or even remember). Although I am sad to leave, I am excited to share my food adventures at my next destination. San Francisco has shaped the foodie I am today and left me a closet full of food tips that I bid you all adieu with.
KARINA’s Do’s and Don’ts of the SF Food Scene
Don’t be afraid to take advice from a stranger
I have talked to too many of my friends who think that strangers who give them suggestions on where to eat are crazy. I think my friends are crazy. The best unknown restaurants I have eaten at have been recommended by people on the bus, strangers who have eavesdropped on a conversation, and even homeless people. That being said, never pass up an opportunity for good food.
Don’t knock it until you try it
Over the years, I have found myself fond of foods that I claimed to have absolutely despised. I got caught off guard one night when a friend called me out on it. This being said, you really won’t be able to enjoy the food of San Francisco without at least giving the weird cuisine a shot.
Do ask for the recipes
This is one of the better tips I’ve gotten over the years. If you are out eating somewhere and absolutely love something, ask for the recipe! Most of the time they will provide you with it or at least the general way in which the food was prepared. I was always too shy to ask for the recipe to some of my favorite dishes, but more times than not, chefs are happy to share! This provides you with a framework to either adapt the recipe to put your own spin on it or simply remake it to share with friends.
Do branch out
For some reason, it took me the majority of my time living in San Francisco to realize that there is amazing food just outside of the city’s walls. I have had some of the best Dim Sum in Daly City, amazing soul food in Oakland, and Puerto Rican food to die for in San Rafael. If you have a car, take advantage of it and go explore the Bay Area! There is tons of food waiting for you to try it, but sometimes you need to make a special trek outside of the City to get to it.