Best Burger 

The Townhouse Bar and Grill

She is gorgeous. She is meaty and juicy, with cheese dripping down her sides. She is, without a doubt, the all-American cheeseburger. And she is no finer than when prepared at the Townhouse in Emeryville. OK, so the Townhouse does her a little pricey -- $9.50 -- but let's consider the entire Townhouse cheeseburger experience. For starters, she arrives with an overqualified support staff: a glorious pile of the best tasting garlic fries north of Gilroy, and a garnish complement so colorful and lively that it demands immediate description. There's a single slice of fresh red onion cut as thick as a nickel, three chips of emerald green pickle, a wedge of juicy red tomato, and a leaf of green crispy lettuce big enough to shade a small village. The patty is hand-prepared, seasoned into a cloud of salt 'n' pepper heaven, then grilled with expert care. The bun -- oh, the bun! -- is toasted to the golden color of sunlight at summer's end. The inaugural bite into this masterpiece stirs feelings of committing a crime against beauty, yet it is a crime worth its consequences in full. Yes, friends, she is at once the Townhouse cheeseburger, and she is also America. Gorgeous indeed.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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