42 South B St (At 1st Ave)
San Mateo, CA 94401
Jeffrey’s Hamburgers is a popular burger joint in downtown San Mateo open since 1997. They also have a location in Menlo Park. They serve American fast food including burgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, salads, fries, and shakes. Seems like every town has a place like this, San Francisco has its Mel’s Drive in.. We have been here several times over the years and find them pretty much during lunch time.
Decor, Vibe – Jeffrey’s Hamburgers has a 50’s diner retro look with counter seating and a back patio are. Lots of families, friends, and groups chowing down.
Burgers, salads, fish and chips, and other classic fare.
Fish and Chips ($7.99) had 2 large pieces of fish. Freshly fried and vinegar ready to go. Quality of fish was good. French Fries were decent too. This was better than the burger.
Chocolate Shake ($3.99) made with premium ice cream, was tall, frosty, and very thick. It also out did their burgers.
Bacon Cheeseburger ($6.99) was of decent size and had tons of bacon. They did ask how we wanted it and produced a slightly reddish medium rare. Not juicy or particular good beef quality. Cheese was of standard quality and needs to be upgraded. No claims of organic or Angus meat here.
They have a huge condiment bar with lots of fresh items, so you can load up tomatoes, lettuce, pickles etc.
Chili Dog ($4.99) with cheese (+$0.50) was a heaping mess that needed to be eated with a fork and knife. The chili was average and not particularly spicy.
Hot Dog ($3.99) had a huge dog that exceeded the bun’s size. Decent quality but not as good as a Windy City dog.
Garlic Fries ($2.29) were pretty standard fare. Lots of fries, big strips of garlic on top. OK but not up to Gordon Biersch ballpark quality.
Burgers came quickly, in about 5 minutes. Prices are reasonable. Quality was above that of fast food places but not as high as top notch places in San Francisco including Pearls. We would also rank Palo Alto’s The Counter, Godfathers, Jack’s Prime, and nearby Rave Burger as better than Jeffrey’s Hamburgers for burgers.
If you are in need of a quick burger on the Peninsula, do not hesitate going to this place. Their shakes are pretty good.
Jeffrey’s Menlo Park
888 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA, 94025