Sunday, August 05, 2012

Celeb Chow: Pearl's Phat Burger

On Sunday, my poor jelly legs took a grueling hike up the Bay Area's highest point at Mount Tamalpais -- and even though Zhuang claims that it was only a 2.5 mile hike,- it was
still uphill and a freakin' three-hour hike which I'm amazed that I survived having had only a cup of coffee and two pieces of my homemade Strawberry Marshmallow Meteorite Biskies for breakfast! (PS: Photos of Mount Tamalpais to come!)

So what better way to reward ourselves than with stuffing our faces with *drumroll* Pearl's Deluxe Burgers. We were starving after our hike so we stopped by Mill Valley for lunch since it was a 15-20 min drive from Mount Tamalpais (I still think it sounds like Mount Tamales). We parked, came out of the car and smelled BACON. Needless to say, the hungry folks followed the bacon and ended upp at Pearl's Phat Burger, a few stores down from Tyler Florence's store. Trivia time: Food Network chef Tyler Florence is from Mill Valley! Of course, the Mill Valley boy would have his "Best Thing I Ever Ate - Burgers" at Pearl's. His fave was Pearl's Phat Burger with bacon and cheese, rare. I had a mini version of the burger (1/4 pound of beef instead of 1/2 pound), medium and had it with Swiss cheese, no onions. My verdict: Doesn't look like much in the photo but yums! Definitely good quality beef done just right!

Other burgers that the rest of the crew tried: Bula (with spicy pineapple teriyaki sauce and bacon) and Prized Pearl (bacon, onions, blue cheese) and we also had onion rings (thumbs up!) and sweet potato fries (meh). Zhuang and I shared a mint chocolate milkshake with malt but we've had better.

Here's the video of Tyler Florence at Pearl's:

Pearl's Deluxe Burgers
8 E. Blithedale Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (They also have locations in San Francisco and Alameda too)



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