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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.

4505 Meats

4505 Meats, San Francisco, CA - I found the menu confusing. There are four regular items on the menu with three specials listed on the “Specials” menu. The Classic Cheeseburger with all the Fixings on the regular menu for $8 turned out to be identical to “The Best Damn Cheeseburger” listed on the Specials menu with the same price. So, I’m not sure what was so special about it.

Meats 4505 Classic Cheeseburger (AKA The Best Damn Cheeseburger)

4505 Meats: The Classic Cheeseburger with all the Fixings (AKA The Best Damn Cheeseburger) is made with grass fed, dry aged beef from Magruder Ranch with gruyere cheese, fresh crispy lettuce, sliced red onion, and a secret sauce on a house made buttery sesame scallion bun for $8.

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.

Meats 4505 Hot Roast Beef Sandwich

4505 Meats: The Hot Roast Beef Sandwich is made with a cheddar sauce, melted onions and mixed greens on a griddled, ACME bun for $10. Speaking of the bun, this one doubled as a life preserver for my sandwich which was floating in a pool of liquids.

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.

Butchering the Whole Beast, Chef Ryan Farr

Chef Ryan's book, Whole Beast Butchery

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.

Service: 4
Menu Selection: 3.5
Quality: 2.5
Creativity: 4.5
Price: 2

Overall Impression:

3.3

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About the Author

Chris Ford is the founder of Stitches 'n Dishes and editor in chief with a passion for food, photography and travel. Chris is a Media Correspondent for the Food Network TV show, Eat St, a syndicated blogger, seasoned event organizer and promoter, a food critic, a marketing consultant and Social Media Marketing expert. Chris is also a fashion and entertainment photographer. When he's not dining on the sidewalk, he's snapping photos on the catwalk.