Location: San Francisco, California
Pearl’s is a pleasant surprise in a neighborhood with a not-so-pleasant reputation. The Tenderloin District is generally seen as a place to avoid when in SF, but if you want a burger that will make you feel alive, you need to check out Pearl’s.
I was at the Westfield Mall near Market Street with a friend when we decided to look for a good and inexpensive restaurant nearby. After checking Yelp, Pearl’s immediately stood out to me because their burgers looked great at an affordable price. It was a good 15 minute walk to get to Pearl’s, but it was well worth it. At first, the restaurant seems rather plain. There’s nothing on the outside that catches the eye, and the inside seems simple. But the aroma of the restaurant is all you need to be convinced that they serve good food. Pearls’ list of specialty burgers is something to be admired. I had a hard time trying to decide on a burger, but I went with my gut and decided on the Phat Bob. This particular burger included BBQ sauce, bacon, mayo, onion rings, and jack cheese. I also ordered a chocolate milkshake on the side (not the most healthy meal ha).
The burger was unreal. In a world full of fast food, it’s sometimes hard to find a burger that really stands out, but this burger did just that. The milkshake was great too. Overall, the meal exceeded my expectations. My friend ordered the veggie burger with a side of frings (half french fries, half onion rings). He really enjoyed his meal as well. The fries were good and the onion rings were average, but the burgers overshadow any other part of the Pearl’s experience. I can’t wait to go back to try more burgers on the menu. If you are looking for a healthy option and a nice dining experience, then Pearl’s probably isn’t the best option for you. But if you want a burger that will leave you satisfied, look no further.