The Experience: My wife and I were recently invited to partake in a celebratory brunch for some friends who had just gotten engaged. The brunch happened at Triptych, located on the formerly-sketchy, now-trendy SoMa neighborhood in San Francisco on Folsom between 7th and 8th Streets. This is the area that, for one weekend a year, becomes the home of the Folsom Street Fair, a thing you should never search for at work. But the rest of the year, it is now just condos and up-and-coming restaurants.
I am aware that for many across America, brunch is only for trendy yoga-pantsed moms and their gay cohorts, primarily so they can chug mimosas and make Samantha-from-Sex-and-the-City catty jokes. And that is mostly true, but also be aware that Eggs Benedict is delicious and sometimes it’s fun to let the cat out of the bag, if you know what I mean, mmm-hmmm, girl. And also, straight guys, get on this – brunch has lots of yoga-pantsed ladies getting tipsy on mimosas. Forget standing in line at the club on Saturday night – and at brunch you can get bacon.
Burger Ordered: Tryptych Burger with Brie Cheese
The Taste: This burger is fantastic, and the brie cheese is an amazing addition. Cooked to medium rare, this thing was perfect. Not overly greasy or gooey with the reminders of its former living existence, the flavor was fantastic and the meat was complemented by the cheese, not overpowered. The burger is served with fresh lettuce, onions, pickles and tomatoes for you to top as you see fit, along with some mayo and dijon mustard.
I went with the standard mixed greens but we also got some orders of Tater Tots for the table, and Triptych also has some great Sweet Potato Fries if you’re into that sort of thing. The tots are served with their house-made Aioli that has a nice creamy zest to it. The tots are fried in an actual deep fryer and have that awesome, crunchy goodness that only comes when you know you’re cutting a few minutes off the end of your life.
We rounded out our brunchtastic brunch-ening with the Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake, which had all of us making some pretty obscene noises. So much so, the couple seated next to us did a Harry Met Sally-esque “We’ll have what they’re having” routine. But here’s what a nice guy I am – I slid my desert over to them to let them sample it, because as everybody should know, I am the greatest, kindest and most humble man on the planet.
YOU ARE WELCOME, WORLD. I AM YOUR DESSERT JESUS.
The Verdict: Shortly after leaving the meal, I was texting/emailing other burger fans around San Francisco to be sure to give this one a try. And I urge you to do the same.
Triptych is located at 1155 Folsom Street in San Francisco, California.
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