Readers’ Choice 2019: Hamburger

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(650) 755-1941  •

A burger you can trust and enjoy to the hilt! Burgers are made with Niman Ranch beef and the veggies served are all locally sourced from reputable farms to ensure they’re fresh. Creative touches on various menu items include the Firehouse Burger, a zippy dish of beef patty, fried egg, jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, jalapeño cilantro mayo.  No compromise here on this burger place, a newly selected favorite by the readers of J.



Wood Tavern


(510) 654-6607  •

Rustic, scrumptious American brasserie nestled into a cozy spot on College Avenue. Open for lunch and dinner plus that “impossible to find” food crunch time from 3 to 5:30 p.m., between lunch and dinner. Creative cocktails and nice wines round out the offerings of a varied menu of burgers, meats and fish, plus some special cheese boards.





(650) 637-9257   •

Make me an offer I can’t refuse — a burger from Godfather’s! Boasting burgers that are fresh, organic, local, vegetarian and vegan-friendly (a special “Beyond Burger” is plant-based and rumored to fool most meat lovers) Godfather’s aims to please, even offering gluten-free buns. Other beef alternatives abound: crabcake burger, salmon burger, chicken burger, and even a Philly cheese-steak burger! Sides and salads join shakes, floats and desserts (the brownie decadence and Oreo martini sundae will surely tempt you!) to make this a fun menu to peruse and let your taste buds dream.



HopMonk Tavern

Various North Bay locations

With an amazingly varied menu for lunch and dinner along with live music, football and trivia nights, Hopmonk is an easy choice for food and entertainment if you are in Novato, Sonoma, Sebastapol or Twin Oaks. Oh yeah, and about their burgers — like a Hollywood luminary “who knows who she is,” this burger can go bare bones or adorned and still shine like the brightest star in the firmament.  Lots of other menu options range from traditional to creative tavern fare.

Phyllis’ Giant Burgers


(415) 381-6010

Phyllis’ Giant Burgers in Mill Valley gives what every burger-lover wants: more burger! At a full half-pound of the finest ground chuck, you’ll love every bite. And if beef isn’t your thing, you can opt for chicken, veggie or turkey burgers.

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