By Tamara Palmer

Fivetenburger takes the idea of a hamburger to-go literally. The mobile burger joint, named for the 510 area code it predominantly roams, serves artisan burgers, the kind you’d expect to find at a restaurant with sturdy china. Yet Fivetenburger dispenses these haute patties on the street—quickly—and for an affordable price. Made with a choice of locally sourced grain or grass-fed beef, patties are seasoned with a savory blend of hand-ground salt and pepper and topped with a list of cheeses that includes American, Swiss, Cheddar, blue, or white American (aka Philly cheese goo). Once the burger is dressed in a house-mixed mayonnaise (regular, chili, or garlic), and enhanced with optional additions of bacon or a fried egg, it’s really ready to go. These burgers have substantial heft, but they’re packed into a North Beach Bakery bun and bundled so tightly, you’re guaranteed not to wear more of it than you’ve eaten. Thin fries are fried in canola, then bathed in roasted garlic oil—a nice kick—remaining perfectly crisp, and other menu items, such as the generously-stuffed rib-eye sandwich, also feature quality local ingredients. And who knows—maybe they’ll start Fouronefiveburger soon?

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Fivetenburger creator Roland Robles brings a decade of culinary experience to his mobile eatery. He began to perfect his artisan burgers while at the helm of the now-defunct Bar Johnny in San Francisco.


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price range

$2.50 (garlic oil fries) to $8.75 (grass-fed burger)