Sam’s been grilling hamburgers since June 16, 1970, at his well-worn spot located near the corner of Broadway and Columbus. Sam can still be found behind the grill most nights until 03:00. On a recent visit, I was regaled with stories of both Sam and his son, Amed, who also boasted that their burger joint is now the longest standing restaurant in the area with 45 years of flipping burgers to feed locals and visitors to the former beatnik neighborhood.
One of America’s gurus of all things gastronomical, Anthony Bourdain, once drunkenly said this was a top 3 burger in his life.
But let’s get to the meat of what makes Sam’s so special:
1. They use grass fed beef, and that is vital to making a great burger. Sam is particularly proud of the superb quality of his food.
2. The price is right, especially their $ 10 burger deal including fries and soft drink. It’ll be money well spent in this increasingly expensive city.
3. The original 1970’s decor and memorabilia. The place oozes charm like the burgers do grease. By the way, that’s meant as a compliment.
The list could go on and on, but I’m sure you’ll find that this spot lives up to this raving review. The joint may look worn and tired, but like me, you may find a visit to Sam’s is sorta like meeting an old friend and finding comfort in the thought that some things in life never change. And that can be a beautiful thing.