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Burger Bar’s Beer Floats

By Jasmine · December 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Have you ever had a beer or a meal that made you feel warm and fuzzy every time you thought about it? At Burger Bar I had both. Burger Bar is Hubert Keller’s new restaurant on the sixth floor of Macy’s in San Francisco’s Union Square. After waiting an absurd about of time for a table (it was a Friday night–we had no one to blame but ourselves) we sat at a booth (with our very own TV). I had the buffalo burger–Hubert-style with carmelized onions, blue cheese and spinach. It was good, but I was slightly underwhelmed. Joe’s Country Natural with bacon, however, was drool-worthy. The onion rings were done just like I like them–fat and crunchy–and the sweet potatoes and fried zucchini were great too.

But the thing that still makes me smile, that I still dream about, was dessert.Burger Bar beer floats

Six different beer floats, sized to share. First (farthest to the right) is 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon with a scoop of raspberry sorbet–this may be the best one. The rest in order from right to left are: Eel River porter with chocolate ice cream (nice but nothing special), Beamish with coffee ice cream (yum. This was the one I finished.), Lindeman’s Framboise with vanilla ice cream (good, but a teeny bit sweet for me. I’ve never been a huge fan of Lindeman’s. My dining companions, however, dubbed this their favorite), Speakeasy White Lightning with strawberry ice cream (tasty–a very unique flavor), and finally Fernet with Dr. Pepper and vanilla ice cream. That last one was probably the strangest. No one else liked it but me. I think it’s one of those love-it-or-hate-it things. Not everyone digs the strong herbal qualities of Fernet. I don’t mind it, and I thought the Dr. Pepper taste combined with it really well, while the vanilla helped to tone everything down.

When you finish your meal at Burger Bar, you will be stuffed–so start prepping your dining companions early. Walk around the dining room, pointing at other people’s paddles of beer floats, gushing about how good it looks. Gasp in delight every time a waitress walks by with one. That way, when everyone is exploding with bugers and fries, they won’t be able to resist.

Brainwashing. It works.

Tags: Beer & Food

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Joey // Dec 5, 2009 at 11:07 am

    This sounds excellent!

    Mr Keller is a man after my own heart / stomach. So glad San Francisco has its own Burger Bar now.

  • 2 Dorothy // Dec 7, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Now that’s a float i would love to try… especially the one with coffee icecream…