*Editor’s note: Freelance photographer and longtime friend of The Hamblogger, David Paul Morris, continues his burger adventure as he fills in while Justin takes a break from the daily burger grind. David is a recovering vegetarian with a keen appetite for well made burgers, steak, chicken and fish. He is a photographer who covers news, features and sports as well as commercial and corporate assignments based in San Francisco with frequent trips to Asia.http://www.davidpaulmorris.com

Some things are better left unchanged.  This holds true for a lot of things – including burgers and venues to eat burgers. This has been the philosophy for Bruce Chapman and his sister Sheila Chapman, co-owners of It’s Tops Coffee Shop in San Francisco, who think they’re doing something right – and they are. Celebrating 25 years in business after taking over from their father Richard “Dick” Chapman, the brother and sister team plan on keeping everything the same. Originally opened in 1935, It’s Tops has been in the Chapman family since Dick Chapman bought it in 1952 and instilled a tradition of quality food and great service set in a relaxed atmosphere. The retro eatery is on the fringe of the Castro on the corner of Market and Octavia streets sandwiched between Grooves Vinyl Attractions and Al’s comics. [click to continue…]

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Joe's Corner

Nineteen hours in Ulaanbaatar and my need for a burger was burning. Normally when I travel I do my best to avoid Western food and eat as many indigenous delicacies as possible, but the coming day was Tsagaan Sar (the Mongolian lunar new year celebration) and I would be up to my nose in buuz and airag. The time for a burger was now. [click to continue…]

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*Editor’s noteToday’s burger review comes to us from Matt Mills McKnight, a freelance photojournalist based in the Inland Northwest town of Sandpoint, Idaho. To see more of Matt’s work, check out his website www.mattmillsphoto.com

Before I ever moved to the Inland Northwest my mind had conjured up ideas of the region with help from David Lynch’s television series Twin Peaks. For those not familiar with the series, it was supposed to take place somewhere in the no man’s land north of Spokane, Wash. moving towards the Canadian border. [click to continue…]

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*Editor’s note: Freelance photographer and longtime friend of The Hamblogger, David Paul Morris, continues his burger adventure as he fills in while Justin takes a break from the daily burger grind. David is a recovering vegetarian with a keen appetite for well made burgers, steak, chicken and fish. He is a photographer who covers news, features and sports as well as commercial and corporate assignments based in San Francisco with frequent trips to Asia.http://www.davidpaulmorris.com

On the edge of the Presidio just outside the Lombard Street gate sits Liverpool Lil’s. A long established restaurant in the neighborhood, Liverpool Lil’s was opened in 1973 by a man named Ralph Maher who named it after a woman he fell for while traveling back and forth to Liverpool. He was hoping that by doing so it would help persuade her to move to San Francisco to be with him. The years have gone by, Ralph has moved on and Lil never relocated. The name remains along with a pub and restaurant that offers up a great atmosphere, good drinks and quality food. [click to continue…]

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B-Stove – Ulsan, South Korea

by Josh on January 28, 2011

B-StoveFive months have passed and I’ve found myself working in Ulsan again.  The weather in Ulsan is relatively temperate compared to the rest of the Korean peninsula.  While it may not be known for extremes, the city experienced a record-setting heat wave when I was here in the summer.  Now, during the height of winter, it is experiencing record-setting cold temperatures.  Awesome. [click to continue…]

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Super Duper – San Francisco, CA

by admin on January 26, 2011

*Editor’s note: Please welcome back freelance photographer and longtime friend of The Hamblogger, David Paul Morris. David is filling in as the San Francisco Bay Area correspondent while Justin takes a break from the daily burger grind. David is a recovering vegetarian with a keen appetite for well made burgers, steak, chicken and fish. He is a photographer who covers news, features and sports as well as commercial and corporate assignments based in San Francisco with frequent trips to Asia.http://www.davidpaulmorris.com

In the process of exploring different eateries, I love when I come across a place that just makes me smile. If you are a burger lover and also a lover of the environment, especially the environment you are in at the moment, then Super Duper is the place for you. Opening in April 2010, Super Duper looks like a stylish old-fashioned diner set in an atmosphere that is bright and relaxed with seating for about 40 people inside and 6 comfortably outside. If you do choose to sit outside on a nice day there’s plenty of people watching to entertain you on busy Market Street in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District. [click to continue…]

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*Editor’s noteToday’s post comes to us from freelance photojournalist JD Pooley in Bowling Green, Ohio. JD has been eating burgers all of his life, beginning at around age seven when his mom would fry them up in a pan. He is a great photographer that covers just about everything under the sun – from presidential visits to the county fair. To see more of JD’s work, check out his websitewww.jdpooley.com

Jay Surdasky, owner of the Koral Hamburg in Waterville, Ohio, (the burger at its best since 1926), insisted that I try their “Kardiac” burger. Layered with pretty much everything in the kitchen, I gave it a whirl. After looking at my photographs, I know what you are thinking. Why in the world would they serve such an enormous burger on such a small plate? [click to continue…]

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Editor’s Note: Welcome back husband and wife team Scott Sommerdorf and Lesli Neilson who bring us today’s post from Park City, Utah. Before Scott met Lesli, he was the junk food king. She has since changed his eating habits and fine tuned his palate with her fabulous home cooked meals. They are a busy duo with jobs and kids that keep them running but always find time to enjoy a well made burger. To see more of Lesli’s writing check out the SLC Trib’s website www.sltrib.com/food

If you live in Salt Lake City, then you’re lucky enough to have the choice of seven ski resorts that are within a 30-minute drive. I’m partial to Park City Ski Resort because that’s where I learned to ski and, after years of practice, I’m able to tackle one of the resort’s most difficult bowls — Jupiter Bowl. [click to continue…]

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Sammy’s L.A. Pastrami & Burgers – Las Vegas, NV

January 19, 2011

*Editor’s Note - Today’s Hamblog was cooked up by our Sin City correspondent and Las Vegas Sun staff photographer Sam Morris. Before he picked up a camera professionally, Sam got his start flipping burgers at a McDonald’s in Iowa – a job from which he was fired.  You can see more of Sam’s work at http://www.lasvegassun.com/staff/sam-morris/ How do […]

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Andie’s Cafe – Napa, CA

January 17, 2011

*Editor’s note: Please welcome freelance photographer and longtime friend of The Hamblogger, David Paul Morris. David will be filling in as the San Francisco Bay Area correspondent while Justin takes a break from the daily burger grind. David is a recovering vegetarian with a keen appetite for well made burgers, steak, chicken and fish. He […]

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