Taylor’s Refresher in St. Helena has been a Wine Country staple for years. It’s THE place to grab a stellar burger and shake, and more recently, their San Francisco location in the Ferry Building, as well.
Recently, they changed their name to “Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet.” Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. Fortunately, the food hasn’t changed.
I visited the Ferry Building location for some greasy goodness and a side of fries. For whatever reason, I wasn’t in the mood for a cheeseburger. These days, I consider the In N Out Double Double the standard, so nothing’s been living up to it. Why disappoint myself?
I went for the Wisconsin Sourdough Burger, which had BBQ sauce, sauteed mushrooms, Wisconsin cheddar and bacon, all on toasty sourdough. No way I could pass that up! I decided to go for broke and add to that an order of Garlic Fries, too. Mmmmm, Garlic Fries…
And they didn’t disappoint! They were thin and perfectly crispy. And I love when they pile on the garlic and herbs. This was a total winner.
And the burger? Fortunately, it was no slouch either. I’m not usually a fan of bacon, but I left it on there. The combination of all those elements was total overkill but oh so good. I am a sucker for a burger on sourdough, and add to that mushrooms? I was in greasy, toasty, heart attack heaven.
My only complaint is that it’s a tad bit pricer than most casual burger joints. Again, I think I’m spoiled by the value that In N Out delivers. Other than that, if you’re in the city and are craving a casual burger on a nice warm day/night, you could do a LOT worse.