Cross the threshold here and you're back in the days of sock hops and big Chevy sedans. Dressed in red and turquoise, with checkered floors and comfy booths, the retro Burger Joint serves Niman Ranch natural beef burgers, ridiculously thick and creamy milk shakes, big root-beer floats, and crisp, stocky fries. Every burger comes with tomatoes, lettuce, onion, and pickles, a toasted sesame bun, and a pile of fries (or mixed greens). A petite appetite? The mini-cheeseburger
and fries fit the bill. Cheeseburger partisans can dress up their patties with American, cheddar, Swiss, or Monterey Jack. Non–beef eaters can opt for a gardenburger, turkey, or chicken-breast burger. There's another location in SoMa on King Street.