When you snag a seat at Maverick Jack’s, brace yourself. Since its located right beside the Caltrain’s Broadway Station, trains frequently rumble past the Burlingame, California burger joint, but its the juicy burgers Maverick Jack’s cooks up that really knock your socks off.
On the weekends, Maverick Jack’s throw open its doors early and serves up breakfast. You can put yourself in a food coma with its southwest breakfast burrito, a classic Benedict or even some kind of morning magic called the tostini: salt (which consists of toasted rustic bread topped with avocado, poached eggs, bacon bits and roasted cherry tomatoes drenched in olive oil).
Throughout the week in the afternoon you can snag beer battered deep fried pickles, salads and lighter fare like Pacific surf salmon or the southwest veggie burger. Chances are, if you caught a glimpse of the sign before you entered the restaurant, what you really want is one of Maverick Jack’s insane all natural seasoned Niman Ranch beef burgers.
The beermeister burger served at Maverick Jack’s is no joke. It’s a thing of beauty: an all beef patty topped with Gruyère cheese, sautéed cremini mushrooms (I swapped the ‘shrooms for jalapeños which gave it a delicious kick), deep fried pickles, iceberg lettuce and Sierra Nevada pale ale mustard sauce.
The beermeister isn’t the only stunner on the menu. There’s also the outlaw burger which pops pepper jack cheese, hickory smoked bacon and jalapeños between two buns. The grill masters at Maverick Jack’s let you opt for a slathering of house made barbecue sauce or chipotle mayo on top (we went for the BBQ sauce). Crispy onion strings and red onion are also options, but we held off on those. Extra fire is also available if you need it, but the burger is pretty hot to trot as assembled.
The interior of Maverick Jack’s is sleek and stylish without feeling pretentious. Railroad memorabilia is sprinkled throughout the restaurant.
You probably won’t have room for dessert, so order a shake with your meal instead. The staff at Maverick Jack’s are on top of things and attentive. It wasn’t on the menu, but our awesome waitress was able to get us a refreshing peanut butter shake that had the perfect amount of vanilla bean flavor in it. The shake is brought to your table in a glass and the leftover milkshake comes with it in a stainless steel cup (this means you almost end up getting two full shakes for the price of one).
If mouthwatering burgers and wonderful shakes weren’t enough to hook you, Maverick Jack’s also has a pretty nifty loyalty program.
Oh, and there’s a Little Free Library outside Maverick Jack’s, so you can always tell your significant other that you’re going out for a book run with the kids.
Whether you’re in the mood mostly for burgers… or drinks… or other food… or just a nice corner where you can curl up with a good book and watch the trains go by, Maverick Jack’s in Burlingame hits the spot.
1190 California Drive
Burlingame California 94010
Hours: Monday Through Friday 11:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:00am to 9:00pm *Breakfast is only served on weekends from 8:00am to 11:00am.
Phone: (650) 347-3061
Pricing (All in USD): Breakfast Items $10.00 to $14.00 (Kids Breakfast Items are $6.00), Appetizers $4.50, Burgers $12.00 to $15.00, Salads $11.00 to $13.50, Lighter Fare $12.00 to $14.00, Kids’ Meals $7.00, Floats $5.00, Milkshakes $6.00, Beer $4.00 to $6.50 (Pitchers are $18.00), Wine by the Glass $8.00 to $14.00, Sundaes $7.00 (Kids’ Cones are $4.00)