The Ferry Building Farmers Market is one of our favorite reasons to go to the Embarcadero over the weekend. You can ogle at vegetables you’ve never heard of, max out on free samples of fresh fruit, and look at strollers that have more gears and functions than a mountain bike built for James Bond. But you can only eat so many pluot slices before you realize that you actually want a full meal. That’s when we head to Gott’s Roadside.
Gott’s is the rare burger spot where everything they have feels like a first-choice order. The burgers are the main reason to come here - the regular burgers are great, but you can also get toppings like kimchi and BBQ sauce and they all come on an egg bun. We’ll also trade beef out for the tuna burger on days when we feel like we haven’t seen the ocean enough recently. But the salads are also fantastic, and the garlic fries have the full effect of going to a Giants game, without the sunburn and frostbite that come with spending an afternoon at Oracle Park.
Even if you’re full from grazing through the market, having a few drinks on their patio out front is reason enough to come here on a nice day. Aside from buckets of PBR, Gott’s also has a bunch of local beers on tap, and their wine list is better than some nice sit-down spots that we’ve gone on unsuccessful first dates at. Whatever you get, you’ll have a good time sitting at a picnic table and watching joggers who are way too excited about running on a flat surface go by, all while trying to figure out what you’re going to make for the next week with the eight pounds of parsnips and rutabagas you just bought at the farmers market.