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The San Francisco Extreme Meat Map

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It's been a week of meaty mayhem with The Five Days of Meat, and we're celebrating the final day with an ode to the most over-the-top meat experiences in the city. From cardiologist-disapproved burgers to porky surprises to alligator, grasshopper and more, we present 10 of the most extreme dishes to be found within city limits.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bacon Bacon

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205 Frederick St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 571-8516
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With a name like Bacon Bacon, you can certainly expect meat, but the Hot Italian is some next-level meatiness. It combines Molinari salami and mortadella, roasted pork belly, provolone, and bacon bits. The arugula is definitely a failed conciliatory offering. (We should also mention the turkey sandwich with chicken-fried bacon on it.)

2. Art's Cafe

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747 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 665-7440
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Art's hash-brown sandwich has long been a hangover helper. In and of itself, it's a beast-- a crisp pile of hash browns, folded crepe-like over melted cheese and topped with runny eggs-- but tucking some sausage or bulgogi (it's a Korean diner) inside is really what takes it to the next level.

3. Starbelly

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3583 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 252-7500
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A burger is rich enough, but only Starbelly has the gumption to add a big slab of chicken liver pâté on top for this secret menu item. The restaurant calls it "Doc's Way," but we doubt Doc is a cardiologist.

4. 4505 Burgers & BBQ

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705 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 231-6993
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4505 caused quite a stir when it introduced the "Big Mac," a double cheeseburger with a wedge of Ryan Farr's signature Frankaroni in the middle. What is Frankaroni, you ask? Oh, only mac and cheese with bacon-studded hot dog pieces that's breaded and fried. And then wedged between cheeseburger patties.

5. Ike’s Place

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3489 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 553-6888
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Extreme meat is something of a specialty at Ike's, but the Doomsday sandwich, at $26, is the crown jewel. It contains all of the following: ham, mozzarella sticks, pastrami, roast beef, turkey, salami, bacon, jack, and habanero salsa. Or try the equally expensive Lex Luthor, with steak, chicken-fried steak, fried chicken, mozzarella sticks, French dressing, and American cheese.

6. Gilberth's Rotisserie & Grill

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2437 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
This modest Dogpatch spot boasts some of the most adventurous eating you can find in one spot. Though its trio of ostrich, venison and alligator sliders are off the menu, you can still find alligator tacos and elk sliders along with daily specials like alligator & chips (pictured), wild boar roast sandwich and bison meatloaf.

7. La Palma Mexicatessen

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2884 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 647-1500
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Maker of the best tortillas in town, La Palma also boasts a pretty good taqueria situation, most notably via its breakfast burrito. It has all the standards-- chorizo, eggs, cheese, pinto beans-- but if you really want to bust a hangover wide open, get them to add chicharrones to it.

8. HRD Coffee Shop

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521A 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 543-2355
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Extreme is basically the name of the game at this tech-corridor favorite. Do you want bulgogi enchiladas with mozzarella covered in Japanese curry sauce? They can do that. Or perhaps a Mongolian beef cheesesteak is your thing? They can do that too.

9. The Sycamore

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2140 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 252-7704
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Pork belly-stuffed donut holes with Maker's Mark glaze. So wrong, but so right. (Sister bar The Willows has them too.)

10. La Oaxaqueña Bakery & Restaurant

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2128 Mission St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 621-5446
Grasshopper is back on the menu at La Oaxaqueña, where you can enjoy the fried insects in a jumbo taco or ask to have them sprinkled on your nachos (they've also got ostrich and venison tacos available).

1. Bacon Bacon

205 Frederick St, San Francisco, CA 94117
With a name like Bacon Bacon, you can certainly expect meat, but the Hot Italian is some next-level meatiness. It combines Molinari salami and mortadella, roasted pork belly, provolone, and bacon bits. The arugula is definitely a failed conciliatory offering. (We should also mention the turkey sandwich with chicken-fried bacon on it.)
205 Frederick St
San Francisco, CA 94117

2. Art's Cafe

747 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Art's hash-brown sandwich has long been a hangover helper. In and of itself, it's a beast-- a crisp pile of hash browns, folded crepe-like over melted cheese and topped with runny eggs-- but tucking some sausage or bulgogi (it's a Korean diner) inside is really what takes it to the next level.
747 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

3. Starbelly

3583 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
A burger is rich enough, but only Starbelly has the gumption to add a big slab of chicken liver pâté on top for this secret menu item. The restaurant calls it "Doc's Way," but we doubt Doc is a cardiologist.
3583 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

4. 4505 Burgers & BBQ

705 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
4505 caused quite a stir when it introduced the "Big Mac," a double cheeseburger with a wedge of Ryan Farr's signature Frankaroni in the middle. What is Frankaroni, you ask? Oh, only mac and cheese with bacon-studded hot dog pieces that's breaded and fried. And then wedged between cheeseburger patties.
705 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

5. Ike’s Place

3489 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Extreme meat is something of a specialty at Ike's, but the Doomsday sandwich, at $26, is the crown jewel. It contains all of the following: ham, mozzarella sticks, pastrami, roast beef, turkey, salami, bacon, jack, and habanero salsa. Or try the equally expensive Lex Luthor, with steak, chicken-fried steak, fried chicken, mozzarella sticks, French dressing, and American cheese.
3489 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

6. Gilberth's Rotisserie & Grill

2437 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
This modest Dogpatch spot boasts some of the most adventurous eating you can find in one spot. Though its trio of ostrich, venison and alligator sliders are off the menu, you can still find alligator tacos and elk sliders along with daily specials like alligator & chips (pictured), wild boar roast sandwich and bison meatloaf.
2437 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

7. La Palma Mexicatessen

2884 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Maker of the best tortillas in town, La Palma also boasts a pretty good taqueria situation, most notably via its breakfast burrito. It has all the standards-- chorizo, eggs, cheese, pinto beans-- but if you really want to bust a hangover wide open, get them to add chicharrones to it.
2884 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. HRD Coffee Shop

521A 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Extreme is basically the name of the game at this tech-corridor favorite. Do you want bulgogi enchiladas with mozzarella covered in Japanese curry sauce? They can do that. Or perhaps a Mongolian beef cheesesteak is your thing? They can do that too.
521A 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

9. The Sycamore

2140 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Pork belly-stuffed donut holes with Maker's Mark glaze. So wrong, but so right. (Sister bar The Willows has them too.)
2140 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

10. La Oaxaqueña Bakery & Restaurant

2128 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Grasshopper is back on the menu at La Oaxaqueña, where you can enjoy the fried insects in a jumbo taco or ask to have them sprinkled on your nachos (they've also got ostrich and venison tacos available).
2128 Mission St
San Francisco, CA

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