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Feb-22-2010

Where’s the beef? Not on this burger…

There’s plenty of good hamburgers to be had in the Richmond, just stop in the legendary Bill’s Place or Namu when the craving strikes.

But the Tee Off Bar & Grill at Clement and 32nd Avenue is serving up a different kind of burger. UrbanDaddy stopped into try their latest menu addition, the kangaroo burger. Served only on the weekends and with housemade sweet potato chips.

I know what you’re thinking – I can’t imagine biting into one either. And no, it doesn’t take like chicken. Urbandaddy writes, “The juicy meat tastes somewhat like beef, but slightly sweeter, with a subtle tanginess, and it’s lean like venison.”

The traditional way to serve a ‘roo burger in Australia is with sliced beets and a fried egg on top. So watch for that variation on the menu soon.

So what do you say? Will you be hopping over to the Tee Off next weekend for a ‘roo burger?

Special thanks to Jim at SFCitzen for the tip.

Sarah B.

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5:12 pm | Posted under Food | 14 comments
  1. jessica said (02/22/10; 8:07 pm):

    are you kidding me?!? NO I WILL NOT BE “HOPPING” OVER THERE! “hopping!” you are hilarious! hopping was what kangaroos used to do before dumb ass humans killed them, shipped them 7,500 miles (literally, i counted) and then served it as “food” to super awesome hipster san franciscans that like to eat things they would probably think are “adorable” if they saw them at the ZOO.

  2. David said (02/22/10; 8:08 pm):

    Crikey!

  3. Olivia said (02/22/10; 8:36 pm):

    I grew up in Australia and I can assure you there is no “traditional” way to serve Kangaroo. Reason being, it is not a common menu item, as we are raised to love Kangaroos, being one of Australia’s iconic animals and all. I’m disgusted to see them being eaten by Americans.

  4. DanB said (02/23/10; 1:13 am):

    Olivia, please sit down and stop trolling before I’m forced to spank you with hard, verifiable facts about the Australian kangaroo harvest and its in-country consumption.

  5. Olivia said (02/23/10; 10:34 am):

    You can “spank” me with whatever facts that you want, but the fact is my entire family lives in Australia, I grew up there, and I only ate Kangaroo once in Sydney where they were serving it as a curiosity.

  6. Megan Allison said (02/23/10; 12:43 pm):

    I’m idly curious why the masthead picture of the Richmond blog is the Academy of Sciences? Arguably, that’s on the Sunset side of the park, or at least of the concourse. I would think the de Young, or even the conservatory of flowers would be more representative.

    This is totally inconsequential and unrelated to the kangaroo thing.

  7. Megan Allison said (02/23/10; 12:45 pm):

    OIC, it changes. Never mind. But still.

  8. Administrator said (02/23/10; 12:45 pm):

    Hi Megan – Golden Gate Park and its contents are part of the Richmond District according to city district maps. The header of the site rotates between several dozen images, so you’re sure to see many other pics up there as you cruise around.

    Sarah B.

  9. Megan Allison said (02/23/10; 12:46 pm):

    @Sarah thanks! sorry to be a nudge. :)

  10. Debbers said (02/23/10; 4:32 pm):

    Dan B, there is quite a kangaroo harvest, but it is mainly served to tourists.

  11. Sonni said (02/23/10; 7:15 pm):

    disgusting. seriously, that’s DISGUSTING. jessica is right. EW.

  12. DanB said (02/23/10; 9:28 pm):

    I didn’t realize that tourists were picking up chops and other cuts from Woolworth’s these days. That’s interesting to know!

    Olivia, your knowledge of Australia and at least this particular industry is shockingly abysmal (perhaps intentionally so) and culturally insensitive, however, I must admit that I’ve always had little patience for the common city dweller affliction of anthropomorphizing food products.

  13. kristin said (02/25/10; 2:37 pm):

    i don’t think it’s having ethics and morality with one’s food choices is the same thing as the “anthropomorphization of food products.” anthropomorphism is to ascribe human values to non-human beings, not to feel empathy and kinship with sentient beings. “wow, those kangaroos are smart, rational and complex” is not the same as “eating meat is unnecessary, cruel and selfish.”

    but, obviously, the end result is that DanB will never see the world the way i do, and vice versa. we are all going to have different justifications for our behavior, things that we do that we are proud of and not so proud of, and things that we do blindly, one of which i would suggest is animal consumption. DanB, if you are able to go and kill a kangaroo while its baby watches you, then skin and gut it, and still have the stomach (pun intended) to eat it, go ahead. if not, i suggest you move your sarcasm elsewhere.

  14. Scott said (02/25/10; 5:50 pm):

    Eating kangaroo is a personal choice. It is marketed in Australia and overseas as an environmentally friendly alternative to other red meat but there are downsides that rarely get mentioned. The biggest one is the number of kangaroo joeys that fall victim to this trade. For every 100 female kangaroos taken in the wild there are 115 joeys that perish. Female kangaroos make up about 25-50% of the trade and there are no such things as kangaroo farms. I won’t go into detail about the fate of these joeys but there is no shortage of info on the subject. For what it’s worth I believe that Australians are just as much in the dark about the kangaroo industry as those overseas.

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