The Bottom Line
Three of us went to lunch at Hamburger Mary's at 7th Street and Camelback. We each had a lunch entree and shared a This That Plat appetizer, which is the combo appetizer and the largest one on the menu. The bill, excluding beverages, tax, and tip, came to about $12 per person.
- Fun environment
- Ground turkey and wheat buns available as substitution for burgers
- Reasonably priced
- Dull appetizers
- The first Hamburger Mary's was started in 1972 in San Francisco. It is a gay-friendly establishment.
- Hamburger Mary's is open for lunch and dinner, and serves Sunday Brunch.
- There's a separate nonsmoking dining room, and a large outdoor patio.
- Plenty of parking behind the restaurant.
- All prices and offerings mentioned here are subject to change without notice.
Guide Review - Hamburger Mary's
The decor at Hamburger Mary's is sports bar dark/funky, with lots of TVs, a game room, and tables in what I imagine is a pretty busy place on weekend evenings. At lunchtime, the non-smoking room and patio are inviting, lighter, airier, and still upbeat and fun.
The server mentioned that many of the appetizers were on the combo platter, so we ordered one. There were no mushrooms (which she said were the best appetizer) no chicken wings or strips. It included fried zucchini, fried cheese sticks, fried onion rings, and half a chicken and cheese quesadilla. I'd pass on it at my next visit. I was reminded of frozen Costco fried appetizers (some of which are better than these) and the quesadilla was not very flavorful. The salsa was probably a Pace product.
Lunch arrived, and the entrees were much better. The burgers were good. The fish and chips was a good choice, with two large, crispy, juicy fish pieces, fries and cole slaw.
The clientele at Hamburger Mary's is described at the web site as "diverse and delightful." The original chain began in San Francisco. Get it? During the day, you'd never know this place is a favorite of the gay community--it's just folks eating lunch. In the evening, I'd pick somewhere else if you tend to homophobia.