Taylor’s Refresher – San Francisco Ferry Building

November 6, 2005 at 11:55 pm | Posted in Burgers, Food, Restaurants | 3 Comments

Taylor’s Refresher is a throw-back diner located in the front left corner of the newly-remodeled San Francisco Ferry Building. Taylor’s is very well know by wine country buffs, but it is becomming well known by SF’s local burger contingent as well. Weekends at the Ferry Building see locals and tourists gather to browse the offerings from many of the Bay Area’s farmers, food and beverage proprietors. It is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon walking around, eating and enjoying the outdoors. But, if you are like me, and you really enjoy a good hamburger, then a trip to Taylor’s Refresher should be on your “To Do” list.

Taylor’s Refresher is a large diner, probably 5,000 sq. ft. of interior space with a huge shared outdoor patio that can accommodate another few hundred people. On a sunny day, expect to wait a few minutes in line as you will not be the only one looking to sample their tasty burgers. I am not one to wait in line for anything, but this is something that I would wait in a line for. First of all, they are ready for the line. Taylor’s sets up stools outside with loads of menus so that by the time you make it up to the front, you (and everyone else) will be ready to order. They are very efficient at the ordering stations and have the pickup station setup on the far end of the restaurant…making ingress and egress as easy as possible. They put some thought into this.

I just had the Western Bacon Cheeseburger…no this is not Carl’s Jr., but it comes made in a similar way. Included is a 1/2 lb. patty, thick bacon (gourmet bacon, no fatty, thin crap), blue cheese, an onion ring and bbq sauce. It is a mighty burger that filled me up big time with the side of fries I ordered. I am 6′-4″ and 200lbs, and I like to eat. Adjust your order accordingly. The meat is top notch, the condiments are as well. The bacon they use is thick cut, gourmet stuff. Not the skinny, fatty crap you will find elsewhere (I like that stuff too btw). The buns are fresh and soft. It is a great all around burger and one of the best in the city by far.

Here is the hot tip. On a cloudy, drizzly, overcast Sunday, think about heading to Taylor’s Refresher as there will likely not be a big crowd there. A perfect time to walk in with absolutely no hassle and have a great burger and fries.

San Francisco, Taylor’s Refresher, Burgers, Food



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