This week, Stitch put his critic’s hat back on and sniffed out a street food stand that he’s been eyeing for review. He brought our guest food writer, Wayne Hangad who’s an avid world traveler, and just returned to the States from Australia. Wayne was hoping to discover an excellent beef sandwich, but got a lot more than he bargained for at 4505 Meats.
I met up with Andrew who took the amazing pictures for my review. Stitch navigated us to the Ferry building at the end of Market St. at Embarcardero St. in San Francisco where we discovered 4505 Meats, a sidewalk food stand owned by Chef Ryan Farr. Chef Farr happens to be a butcher as well, and he wrote an amazing book about it. I wrote a story about that last week for Stitches ‘n Dishes.
The cheeseburger was cooked medium rare to perfection, but very small for the price. The secret sauce adds a savory, sweet and tangy flavor reminiscent of a creamy Japanese miso dressing. The medley of flavors is amazing; I just wish there had been more of it to enjoy.
As much as I hate to say this, if I hadn’t ordered this for a review, I would have demanded a refund, because the sandwich was served in a pool of some type of grayish liquid that I can’t imagine should have been there. The bottom piece of bread was mush, and I couldn’t hold the sandwich, much less even pick it up.
I did pick some pieces of the roast beef off of the sandwich, and it was tender, juicy and delicious. The top piece of bread was toasted perfectly and buttery. I was surprised to see mixed greens on the sandwich, because it’s not mentioned on the menu description at all, but they were fresh all the same.
Overall, the service at 4505 Meats is excellent, and the quality of the meat is superb, but the prices are very high for a food stand, especially for the portion size. I’d order a cheeseburger again, if it were $2-$3 less or a few ounces larger, otherwise I’ll just stick with Chef Ryan’s great book.