Venturing to Visitacion Valley for Africa Fries
The T train can feel like the red brick road that Dorothy never followed out of Munchkinland. Beyond the Dogpatch, where does it go?
Pete Kane Africa Fries at V2
It doesn't lead you to sleepy time in a field of opiates, but if you follow it to V2 in Visitacion Valley, a burger and Africa fries might put you in a most delightful food coma.
Newly open in a barebones spot on Leland Avenue, V2 -- as in "V-Squared," not "V-Two" -- is a trek for a lot of folks, but anyone in pursuit of an excellent, inexpensive burger should make a pilgrimage for the half- or quarter-pound option, in beef or a house-made vegetable patty. Throw some bacon or avocado over those thick-sliced onions and you may want to unhinge your jaw to consume it whole.
Not unlike some super-secret menu item at In-N-Out that only the true elite know about and which can only be ordered when the moon is waxing gibbous, the Africa Fries are the proverbial heart-attack-on-a-plate. Covered with fried onions, ketchup, Berbere mayo, and lots of cheese, they're an addicting combination of sweet and savory and must be eaten with a fork.
Pete Kane Burgers at V2
Sure, there isn't a lot of seating and you need to ask for a napkin, but if you're a burger fiend who considers keeping lunch below $10 while becoming very full to be a moral victory of sorts, you have your new quarry.
V2 Burger, 167 Leland Avenue. [No phone or site].
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