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Michelle Pollak Landwehr is a freelance PR consultant. In her spare time, she loves trying new restaurants with and recipes for her new husband, M., looking for hot, classic designs in neighborhood boutiques, supporting local charity events, and visiting the newest museum exhibits. Additionally, Michelle volunteers for a Montessori school in San Francisco, and sits on the board of an East Bay non-profit which supports those living with cancer. If you have a Bay area event, restaurant, boutique, art or cultural event you would like covered on Miss A, please contact Michelle at mplittlep@gmail.com. You can follow her on her blog.

Burger Bar San Francisco in Macy’s Union Square

Hubert Keller’s Burger Bar in Macy’s Union Square in San Francisco has an AMAZING view.  It also has some pretty darn tasty burgers at a high price.  Burger Bar is in Macy’s on the 6th floor.

M. and I went there for dinner on a Friday night on a whim, after I picked him up from his office.  We booked our table last minute on OpenTable and were surprised at how quiet it was there and all about Union Square.  It was the second time that he and I had been there.  I also met the other girls from AskMissA.com there for drinks in December.

My favorite part of Burger Bar is the view.  Burger Bar has a row of windows overlooking Union Square.  One sitting even two tables away from the windows can see all of Union Square – the shops, the people, the beautiful hotels.  In December, the view was of the ice-skating rink and the large Christmas tree and all of the decorations.  Gorgeous – no matter what time of the year.

M. and I were definitely in the mood for burgers.  I went for the Burger Bar sliders, which come with three sliders (buffalo with caramelized onions, angus with plain bacon country, and natural beef with American cheese) and skinny fries.  M. loves his spicy food so he ate the peppercorn burger, country natural beef burger with fresh and dried peppercorns and Dijon, mustard served on a plain bun with peppercorn cream sauce on the side.  His came with skinny fries too.  M. didn’t care for the peppercorn cream sauce but added some A1 steak sauce to the mix and enjoyed himself.

We each had a drink – I, my favorite sparking wine and he, a Belgium beer.  M. asked me if I wanted dessert, which I usually don’t but for some reason I said that I could order a milkshake.  At that point, our waitress walked over and said that the bartender had made an extra milkshake, would we want it?  Seriously?  Of course!  And, it was good – the Irish Coffee milkshake had coffee ice cream, coffee liquor, Irish Whisky, caramel syrup and chocolate coffee beans.  And, it was all topped with whipped cream.  Boy, was it a loaded shake.  M. had to drive us home that night!

Burger Bar is not a cheap.  For (essentially) two burgers and two drinks – we didn’t have to pay for the milkshake – our bill without tip was around $59.  If you are on a budget and in the mood for a burger, you might want to head to In ‘N Out instead.  If you are in the mood for a pricey burger – prices range from $9.75 for the basic burger without any toppings to $60 for the Rossini kobe burger with foie gras and truffles – make a reservation.  You can also order other delectable dishes than burgers at Burger Bar!  You can also find Burger Bar in Las Vegas and St. Louis.

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