Between the two of us, there is one who will try just about any food item in the city, maybe the world, and one who pretty much orders the same thing for every meal (I call it being a “phase eater “- I go through phases where I only want one type of food. Or maybe it’s called being a toddler, I don’t know). While we like a lot of the same food, we generally take very different approaches when selecting what to order, as I tend to order one of the same few items just about anywhere we go and Jenna mixes it up most of the time, always willing to try something new.
With one person being so adventurous and the other being the exact opposite, there isn’t always a lot of overlap, except with the basics: pizza and burgers. That may be obvious at places like Una Pizza or a Umami Burger, but we still order pretty different pizza or burgers, so when we are at a restaurant that doesn’t specialize in something so specific and we both have the same dish, you know it must be something really good.
This was the case at Serpentine in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. With such a creative and sophisticated menu, it was especially surprising that we both ordered the Prather Ranch Hamburger, but as we expected, neither of us had any regrets. We each had a different cheese (I had cheddar, Jenna has gruyere), but other than that, the burgers were about as similar as they could be, and that was a good thing. The beef itself was excellent, cooked perfectly and served on an Acme roll that wasn’t too bread-y, nor too dry, my normal complaints with a bun. Also on deck were Early Girl tomatoes, pickled onions, homemade pickles and arugula, which all tasted really fresh and the arugula provided nice, peppery twist. It was a wonderful balance, and one of the better burgers we have both had the good fortune of enjoying in SF.
We also have to recognize the perfectly cooked fries, although it’s rare we meet fries we don’t like, and the condiment set up that came with the burger. We are both glad we ordered the burger, and plan to enjoy another one in the not-too-distant future.