Death and Taxes and Rosamunde’s Burger
wrote Benjamin Franklin in 1789. On Haight Street, there’s nothing more certain
than Moonlight Brewing's Death and Taxes dark lager with Rosamunde's addictively luscious cheeseburger.
Death arrives but once in a lifetime and taxes, thankfully, come around only once a year. But Rosamunde grills its heavenly concoction of prime ground meat, cheese and garnish embraced by a fresh kaiser roll every Tuesday. And thanks to Toronado's affinity for brewer Brian Hunt, Moonlight's beers are on tap all the time. Along with the toasty Death and Taxes, Toronado this week featured the amber ale Toast, Lunatic Lager pils, and on cask Bombay by Boat IPA and Twist of Fate, an English style bitter. On a dreary, cold afternoon, sipping a gently carbonated English-style ale like Twist of Fate (while waiting for the cook at Rosamunde to work his magic) makes Toronado feel even more like a British pub than usual. It's no wonder Brits refer to such ales as session beers, since you could easily pass an afternoon in their comfortable company. Cask-conditioned ale is apparently not restricted to England and its Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
Death and Taxes is fine by itself, but it also calls out for food to complement its roasty flavors. The dark lager looks heavy but is refreshing and surprisingly light. It stands up deliciously to the slightly charred, velvet textured, medium rare burger, whose addictive secrets have never been fully revealed, not even to Rosamunde’s namesake sausage restaurant on Mission Street.
If you find yourself hungry near Haight on a Tuesday afternoon, go out of your way to stop in at Rosamunde for a burger before settling in for a pint or two at Toronado. But don't think about it too long; the burgers have been known to disappear by 2.
Rosamunde Sausage Grill
545 Haight St
(between Fillmore St & Steiner St)
San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Lower Haight