We both knew of a place in the City where we could satisfy that need, and even better, do it on the cheap. I'm a sucker for any excuse to make the 35 minute drive in to San Francisco...I think Jim is right there with me though. I had been looking for an excuse anyway, ( burger and a trip to the City) so we gathered the dog, and off we went. First stop was Red's Java House. Red's has been sitting at the end of Bryant St on the Embarcadero for years. It's where folks go for one of those simply delicious burgers, made that way with good beef and a traditional San Francisco sourdough roll (the famous sourdough comes from the yeast in the SF air...seriously!). No crazy fixins', but you can add your own condiments...my rule with this burger is just a dab of mustard, a bit of onion and that's it. Another rule of thumb with us is, if you're going to eat a Red's burger, order it with a beer. So we did. Fries too.
But with Brody waiting in the back of the car...hoping for a stop at the beach for a romp in the surf, we downed our beer, licked our fingers clean and headed over to Crissey Field where we strolled the beach, laughed at our deliriously happy, salty-wet pup running himself ragged, and ended our incredibly wonderful day with a salute directed straight up to the Presidio.
That was one happy day.
Red's Java House Pier 30 San Francisco