SinglePlatform Customer, Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers, Honored on TripAdvisor’s List of Top 10 Burgers in America


Yet another SinglePlatform customer was recognized on TripAdvisor’s recent Top 10 Burgers in America. We know, our customers rule!

Travel site and our partner, TripAdvisor, released the juicy list last month. To qualify, the restaurants had to have at least 200 reviews, at least 4.5 out of 5 stars, and 10 locations or fewer. The ranking was based on the millions of reviews and opinions the site has accumulated, so we’re pretty confident that spots on the list were well deserved. And Pearl’s Deluxe, a SinglePlatform customer, was one of the deserving burger joints to make the cut.

We talked about the other SinglePlatform winner, Brooks Burgers, last week on our blog. Today we’re focusing on the other honoree, Pearl’s Deluxe.

Pearl’s Deluxe

  • Where: San Francisco
  • Since When: 2003
  • Signature Burger: “The King” 1/4 pound patty topped with a 1/2 pound hot dog, American cheese, cheddar cheese and 1000 island dressing

Pearl’s Deluxe is a pleasant surprise where you least expect it. The small facade on a San Francisco strip has been home to some of America’s best burgers for fifteen years now. And although the outside isn’t all glitz and glam, what they’re serving up inside is something to talk about.

The menu items are a mixture of simplicity and specialty. All burgers can be made with a chicken breast, turkey, or veggie patty instead of beef. If you’re feeling fancy, you can also upgrade to a buffalo or Kobe patty. The classic burgers come topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo. If you’re feeling more adventurous, go with one of Pearl’s 11 “special burgers,” all of which come in ¼ pound and ½ pound sizes. The Phat Bob boasts BBQ sauce, bacon, mayo, onion rings, and jack cheese. The Bula is topped with jack cheese, bacon, mayo, and spicy BBQ pineapple sauce. The Bomb? An open-faced burger with homemade chili, shredded cheddar, and diced red onions.

Pearl’s uses natural beef from Niman Ranch, and offer other Americana staples like hot dogs, milkshakes, and an assortment of fries in addition to the burgers.

In fact, Pearl’s signature burger, rightly dubbed “The King” is topped with a ½ pound hot dog! The massive creation also features American cheese, cheddar cheese, and thousand island dressing.

 The King via The Hungry Muse The King via The Hungry Muse

If you’re not in the mood for plain fries, Pearl’s Deluxe also serves sweet potato fries, garlic fries, and homemade onion rings that TripAdvisor user Peterisme called “out of this world.” Can’t choose between fries and onion rings? The restaurant is also known for its “Frings,” a mixture of the two served in a single dish.

 Frings made with Pearl’s sweet potato fries via TripAdvisor user magnoliaeleven Frings made with Pearl’s sweet potato fries via TripAdvisor user magnoliaeleven

As for the owner, Sylvia Yi is a Korean American born and bred in San Francisco. She describes San Fran as a “food mecca” which influenced some spicy additions to the Pearl’s Deluxe menu.  And Sylvia’s family is no stranger to the restaurant industry. Her mom ran American diners, while her aunt and uncle had a fish and chips place. At Pearl’s Deluxe, Sylvia’s love for spicy foods has inspired her to mix south of the border ingredients with flavors from her Korean heritage.

The TripAdvisor reviews attest to the large selection in such an unassuming place:

“Wow wow wow wow wow!”

“Quite possibly the best burger I’ve ever had! I’ve had a fair few in my time and this really does rank somewhere in the top 2 ever. The place only has about 14 or so spaces to sit so you may have to take away but it’d be well worth it for sure. There’s a broad selection of both meat and veggie options and a plethora of sides, drinks and options to make the meal your own. The chips and onion rings (Frings) were sublime and the coffee milkshake brilliant. All in all a great establishment and one I hope to visit again before the end of my stay here.”

“Best Burger I’ve Ever Eaten!”

“I can not recommend Pearls enough. It’s a tiny little place, very friendly with a really varied menu. My burger was delicious! I shared ‘Frings; with my husband which onion rings and fries together. The portions were huge! You can eat in but there are limited seats. Nice clean place. Located a short walk from Union Square. Please don’t miss this place out, it’s well worth the short walk there!”

“You won’t find a tastier burger across San Francisco!!”

This small, little cafe type burger bar is a hidden gem; especially if you want something quick and tasty. The staff are very helpful and the food is so good, we have been back twice. If you really fancy a good burger, and don’t mind squeezing into the small cafe, you won’t b disappointed!!”

And this isn’t the first accolade Pearl’s Deluxe has received. Did we mention that Tyler Florence chose Pearl’s Deluxe as his pick for The Best Thing I Ever Ate?

He’s not the only celebrity chef to give Pearl’s Deluxe two thumbs up. On GrubStreet’s The Food Chain, Susan Feniger called the Spicy Sly burger topped with jack cheese, grilled onions, grilled peppers, mayo, and habanero sauce a personal favorite. “I really love a gooey burger,” she said. “And this one is really gooey.”

 Spicy Sly via TV Food and Drink Spicy Sly via TV Food and Drink

Burgers are an American staple. But, the mastery of burger making goes far beyond the grill in our backyards. Pearl’s Deluxe has perfected the art of burger-making, from the quality of the ingredients to the abundance of the toppings. And after they were chosen as one of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Burgers in America, it’s safe to say their burgers are pretty darn delicious.

Congratulations Pearl’s Deluxe!

Pearl’s Deluxe has been a SinglePlatform customer since 2013.  

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