Appetizers
July 1, 2013
Jim-Denny's Superburger makes the list of 50 best burgers

burger art.JPG"The definition of a perfect burger is open to opinion," understates the arbiters of all things food and drink at The Daily Meal.

That loaded line is part of the introduction to their "40 Best Burgers in America" list, compiled by their panel of experts nationwide. Take a look at www.thedailymeal.com/40-best-burgers-america.

The Daily Meal makes a habit of going out on a culinary limb. In recent months it has assembled national "best of" lists for food trucks, pork and beef ribs, coffee shops, sports bars - even the top 101 restaurants.

Not surprisingly, lots of California businesses have made the lists, including the latest. The Superburger at Sacramento's Jim-Denny's came in at No. 35 (816 12th St., 916-443-9655).

The judges said of the half-pound burger ($8.75):

"The bready, no-frills bun encloses a griddled patty, well-done but still at least a little juicy, dressed with mustard and mayo and layered with the usual tomato and lettuce."

At No. 7 is the half-pound Niman Ranch cheeseburger at chef Cindy Pawlcyn's Mustards Grill near St. Helena in the Napa Valley: "So big and juicy and tasty that it's hard to resist."

No. 9 is the cheeseburger at Gott's Roadside in San Francisco: "Thick and juicy. An icon."

No. 13 is the burger at Zuni Cafe in San Francisco: "The lunch-only grass-fed burger is ground in-house and comes on grilled rosemary focaccia slathered with aioli."

No. 16 is the house-specialty burger at the Father's Office in Los Angeles: "With caramelized onion, bacon, Gruyere and Maytag blue cheeses, and arugula."

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