Vals is by far the best burger joint in the bay area. Their milkshakes are awesome as well. Their fries can use some work in my opionion but common now I am going there for the tasty burger and shake. I think everyone who leaves this place a bad review are just idiots and do not know how to rate a good burger. They complain about the service or the price etc... If you want the best be prepared to the pay the price. Nonetheless vals has my highest recommendations
I had heard all the great things about Val's, and I was disappointed. For a Patty Melt, the grilled onions are an EXTRA (what's a patty melt without grilled onions?) Then I was told they didn't have grilled onions before 1pm on Saturday (I don't get it . . .you have onions, you have a grill back there . . .what's the problem?) The waittress went to bat for me when she saw how annoyed I was and got them to do the grilled onions, but to me, that was a poorly planned move on management's part; there's no notice on the menu about the limitation. The burger was ok, but I'm not used to a patty melt coming 'open' before (and me putting the top piece of bread on it), and they didn't shape the patty to fit the bread. Also, my strawberry milkshake didn't arrive until I was almost done with my melt and fries. My hubby enjoyed his burger, but it came with no fries or other side; that's extra. Sorry to diss a long-standing place, but this just wasn't worth it.
Vals is truly great. My dad started going there over 20 years ago when he lived down the street, and has always taken us there for special occasions for the past 19 years. The food is excellent and well worth the wait during the lunch crowd. This place is a great Bay Area tradition, and makes the best burgers around. The shakes, are wonderful, better than anything you could get at another burger joint. Vals is the perfect place to go to get the 1950's burger joint experience.
Must've been an off day. Ordered 1/2 lb & reg burgers, o-rings, 2 Vanilla shakes. Burgers dry,tasteless, o-rings tasted like the frozen ones at J-Box. After reading about this place for years, thought it'd be way better than it was.
Shakes great - 2 stars...only for the shakes. In&Out better at 1/4 the price.
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