The P Mack
Aspiring chef? Well, here’s your shot at the big time. Get your burger on The Pub at Ghirardelli Square‘s menu for six months and win a $200 gift certificate. That’s free money, people! The Pub, better known for barbecue, tots, and mac ‘n’ cheese, also serves up quite the burger. When owner Scott Broccoli’s wife was pregnant and wanted Mickey D’s, he invented a take on the Big Mac and called it the P Mack. Thinking it might appeal to more than the knocked up, he started selling it at the Pub. In Cute Dad News, when his daughter was born, Chef Broccoli added a baby-sized slider version to the menu. Adorable story? Hells yes. Now it’s your turn to submit your own original burger. Your recipe must include eight ounces of premium ground beef, be cooked over an open flame, and be served on ciabatta, sesame roll, or sourdough bread. They also ask that you keep the ingredients under $15, so don’t go all crazy adding expensive shit like mayonnaise made of gold.
Last year’s winner was the Espresso Burger, which featured an espresso and brown sugar dry rub, blue cheese, garlic mayo, bacon, and onion rings. Dang. To join its ranks, submit your favorite original beef patty burger recipe to Burger.ThePubSF(at)gmail(dot)com by Tuesday, June 7. For full deets and fine print, check this out.
Full disclosure: Carina Ost helps the Pub with social media efforts and will be on the panel to help pick the winner.
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Castro flamer: Blue's Flaming Mac and Cheese ($10.29), perfect with a side of tots.
Childhood favorites individually, mac ‘n’ cheese and tater tots combined add up to the perfect hangover combo or blue-day pick-me-up. When the urge for mac and tots strikes, we head to one of these three places:
Q Restaurant and Wine Bar: 225 Clement (at Third Ave.), 752-2298.
This is a place that knows the power of the mac and tot combo. Q’s Macaroni and Cheezy with Tater Tots ($9.50) pairs them for you, one on top of the other. The creaminess of the cheese sauce with the crispiness of the tot is a mashup worthy of the cheesiest Valentine’s Day date.
The Pub at Ghirardelli Square:
The Pub's Buffalo Blue Mac 'n' Cheese ($11).
851 Beach (at Larkin), 351-0500.
We’ve already noted the importance of the mac and tot on blue days, but The Pub makes it even bluer. The Buffalo Blue Mac ‘n’ Cheese ($11), with blue cheese and Buffalo wing sauce, simultaneously makes you remember why you love wings and forget that you’re not actually eating chicken. Speaking of meatless, the Tommy Tots ($7) are extra crisp, tossed with a sweet and spicy sauce that makes you think of Hunan chicken. To make sure you stay in your Picasso-esque blue period, there’s blue cheese on top.
Blue: 2337 Market (at 16th St.), 863-2583.
Sticking to the theme is Castro restaurant Blue, which serves standard tater tots ($4.99) that you can jazz up with chili cheese ($1.99). They also offer the Blue Bacon Mac and Cheese (12.99), but considering the neighborhood, we’d rather go flaming than blue. The Flaming Mac and Cheese ($10.29) is the mac daddy you want. Think spicy, served with chile peppers and tomato sauce.