My only and recurring experience of Gott’s is as a lunch treat with one of my favorite co-workers. A mid-day haven from the monotony of office life, we occasionally escape to the Ferry Building to share an overly-filling, calorie-laden, sun-bathed lunch together. We talk about work, friends, his upcoming wedding, river rafting, and more. We sit outside, in their designated area of picnic tables, and enjoy our “slow” food in the sun. It’s excellent.
So, obviously part of my affection for Gott’s comes from my particular way of experiencing it. But, the other part comes from the food. Which is good. Think 50’s hamburger joint, but classed up with local, quality ingredients, a contemporary Bay Area palette, and prices to match. In addition to burgers, hot dogs, and fries, they also serve salads, chicken, and fish dishes. My go-to is the Ahi Burger ($15), which is a slab of seared ahi with ginger wasabi mayo and Asian slaw on a toasted egg bun. It’s heavenly.
The special for Summer/Fall was an Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich (pictured above), which I had twice and was sooo happy about.
But my real favorites are the onion rings. I love them. More than just them, I love the sauce they have for you to dip them in. You ask for a side of ranch (it’s made in-house) when you pick up your order at the counter, but it’s got something else in it. Pesto? I don’t know. It’s delicious. I want to drink it out of the tiny plastic cup container. I’m content just generously dipping the massive, beer-battered onion rings. Mmmm.
I don’t know how good the burgers are, but my co-worker habitually orders the bacon cheese, and can rarely finish it. I’m always so full that I’m in pretty serious danger of being afflicted by a food coma when we return to work. But I can’t not order the rings. I must! And so, on our occasional jaunts to Gott’s, I have to prepare my stomach for a temporary overload. To which it submits, willingly, every time.
I had Gotts for the first time a few months ago and totally agree with you. It was a nice change of pace from the other Ferry Building foods. Your tomato and mozz sandwich looks amazing! Add a little basil and baby, you got my favorite combo goin’.
I can attest for the hamburgers. They are really that good.