Where to Enjoy the Impossible Burger in San Francisco
So many revolutionary ideas were born in the Bay Area. It's no surprise, then, that the latest craze in healthy, sustainable eating started here, too. Impossible Foods' meat-free creation, the Impossible Burger, is appearing on menus across the country. Made from coconut oil, potato protein, soy protein, and plant-based heme, the Impossible Burger looks, tastes, and runs down your chin just like your traditional burger, but it's completely meat-free.
If you want to get a taste of this miracle of modern food science, there are plenty of places across the Bay Area to find it. Here are some of our favorites.
The Barrel Room (415 Sansome St.)
The Barrel Room is an upscale wine bar with Portuguese-inspired cuisine. The Impossible Burger can only be found on their lunch menu, but we say a glass of wine in the middle of the day is never a bad idea. This healthy sandwich is topped with a vegan aioli, pickled onions, and fresh arugula to create a simple yet delicious meal.
The Brixton (2140 Union St.)
This spacious bar and restaurant in the Marina is always popular for brunch—and we say there's no bad time to try an Impossible Burger. Theirs is served on a Panorama bun, with balsamic red onion, lettuce, roma tomatoes, and pickles. You can add cheese or avocado if you want. Explore the neighborhood by taking the 22 Muni bus to Fillmore and Union streets.
Cockscomb (564 Fourth St.)
Head to Cockscomb in SoMa for the stunning, inspiring atmosphere; stay for the Impossible Burger. Cockscomb is now serving the burger every day during lunch, and they top it with lettuce, Dijon, Gruyere, bread and butter pickles, and caramelized onion. To get to Cockscomb in the heart of the city, take the N or T Muni light rail to Fourth and King streets.
EPIC Steak (369 Embarcadero)
Steak isn't the only thing you can get at EPIC Steak. Vegetarians and non-meat eaters will love their version of the Impossible Burger, which is served with caramelized onions, smoked cheddar and chipotle aioli.
Gott's Roadside (The Ferry Building)
Gott's Roadside is located in San Francisco's famous Ferry Building. Enjoy your Impossible Burger in a classic cheeseburger style with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and special sauce. You can also choose from a big selection of other burgers, including a Texas Avocado burger, which has Jack cheese and sliced avocado.
Marengo on the Alley (531 Commercial St.)
This modern bar and grill champions the hamburger’s little brother: the slider. Of course, they put their own twist on vegan burgers and introduced the Impossible slider. Each slider can be ordered individually, so this is a perfect place to mix and match a variety of flavors and creations.
The Melt (455 Market St., 925 Market St., and 1 Embarcadero Center)
This San Francisco-based chain has revolutionized the grilled cheese sandwich and has expanded to include more sandwich creations, all of which are comprised of the best organic ingredients. Their version of the Impossible Burger is great for those who like a little kick, as it is filled with jalapeños, spicy pickle mix, homemade Melt sauce, and, of course, tons of melted cheddar cheese.
Public House (24 Willie Mays Plaza)
Public House is where to get an Impossible Burger while you're watching the Giants at Oracle Park. The burger comes with caramelized onions, provolone, and smoke and spice sauce. It's easy to get to the ballpark. Take the N or T Muni light rail lines to Second and King streets.
Schroeder's (240 Front St.)
This downtown German beer hall is popular with all the office workers in the neighborhood for weekday happy hours. You might not expect a place that's serving up bratwursts and schnitzels to care about vegetarians, but Schroeder's offers the option to make any of their burgers "Impossible." You can add just about anything you want to it, making this not only a healthy option, but a creative one, too!
Umami Burger (242 King St.)
One of the most talked-about Impossible Burgers in the area is at Umami Burger. Here, your Impossible Burger is served with caramelized onions, miso-mustard, house spread, dill pickles, lettuce, tomato and American cheese. You can find Umami Burger just off the Second and King streets Muni stop on the N or T light rail.
West of Pecos (550 Valencia St.)
This southwestern saloon in the Mission takes the Impossible Burger across the border by offering Impossible Tacos. They're served with butternut squash puree, crema, pepitas, and scallions. It's just around the corner from the 16th St. BART station, and it makes for a great place to start a self-guided food tour of the Mission.
This restaurant is a tourist hotspot, thanks to its awesome décor, ideal location, and extensive menu. However, their menu just got a bit bigger with the addition of the Impossible Burger. Their take on the vegan patty is a simple one with the classic fixin’s, plus a spread of pesto aioli. This is a great spot to grab a vegan burger while exploring Fisherman’s Wharf.
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