If you live in Hayward and have friends and have never tried Val's Burgers then you need to stop considering those people as friends. Val's burgers is the best burger joint in the East Bay HANDS DOWN! I'd wager that its the best burger joint in all of the Bay Area and Northern California, but I haven't tried them all. If you have a friend that isn't from the area and they want something you can't get anywhere else. Val's is your place. And when they say you only need one order of fries for two people, they mean it.
first of all, im a burger kinda guy. i love burgers no matter what. going to vals on my 19th birthday was my first time every going there and just like the title says. it blew my taste buds away. even though it was some what hard to find, and it took about a 15 minute wait to get it. it was WELL worth it. the burgers were cooked perfectly. juicy but still crumbles. the fries were soft, and delicious. condements such as ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes are on the table infront of you so that was a nice touch. cheese and everything else is a little extra. the burgers came in 3 sizes babie (1/4) mama (1/2) and the papa (1lb). the milk shakes are delicioius but it DEPENDs on the type of milkshake you order. my best advice is to go for the ALL AROUND milk shake. trust me you wont regret it. um...its true the place is a lil cramped. but other than that its a really nice atmosphere. great service, nice people. heck i even went back there one time and i didn't even have enough money so they left me come back the next day to pay it off which is really awesome. i've been there a total of about 4, 5 times. and every time i go back its like experiencing it all over again. going to vals has REALLY changed my taste and standards of burgers.
This is my friends and mine favorite place to go hang out, i am 17 years old and in love with that whole old time diner thing. Their shakes are amazing and eating the entire papa burger is my life goal...you have to try this place but be warned, the portions are HUGE
Overall I'd say Val's is a really good place, the burgers are definitely good, I think it's the atmosphere that really makes this place though, the milk shakes are excellent, they give you a glass then the metal mixer full of more shake, so it's almost like getting two shakes in one, they'll make the shake with any ice cream flavor they've got, i think they have at least 10-20, i usually get cookies n' cream, i actually like the shakes more than the burgers i think, they also serve those thick steak fries which are good, i don't think you even need to get a papa burger, mama, fries and a shake is usually more than enough for me, you can split one order of fries w/ two people usually cuz they are such a big basket, it does get crowded though, i think weekends and nights is probably worst, usually you'll have to wait at least 5-10 mins, sometimes longer, but most times it's not too bad, check the hours they're closed sundays and mondays i think, I don't think these are the absolute best burgers I've had, but they are very good and the atmosphere, large fries and delicious shakes all add up to a very good dining experience..
Lived down the streest from Val's & still going to Val's. Since moving to reno, nv! There's no place like Va's. It's worth driving 4.5 hours, to get a Val's burger & shake! Haven't found another humburger like Val's!
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