Burger at this popular joint fall flat for me.

Located near Casa Peralta, Rocky’s Charcoal Grill has long been a favorite among burger aficionados in San Leandro. I reviewed it many years ago and I’d visited a handful of times over the years, mostly when I was in the neighborhood. I’ve never been a huge fan of it, but thought I’d give it another try in my quest for finding the best burger in San Leandro. So far, I’m sad to say, this isn’t it.

Rocky’s is a cute, tiny place. It has a handful of tables inside and outdoors and a small kitchen. They serve a large variety of burgers, some grilled sandwiches as well as a steak and ribs. They also have well regarded shakes. Burgers come without condiments, which you add yourself. They are all 1/3 lb.

I had the Guacaburger ($8.75), which came with guacamole. It was OK. The patty was thin, so on the dry side. I prefer juicy burgers, and this was not that. It did have a nice, not too strong, charcoal flavor but I felt the meat was under-seasoned. In all, this felt like a home made burger, which is not what I’m looking when I order one.

Mike had the Oaklandburger ($10.25) which includes Cheddar and Jack cheeses and bacon and comes in a sourdough bun. Mike liked his burger more than I did, though not as much as Nation’s.

I ordered a peanut butter milkshake ($6.25) to take home and wow, was it good. I’d definitely go back for those.

The people who work at Rocky’s are very friendly and the food was prompt.

Rocky’s Charcoal Grill
300 W. Estudillo Ave
San Leandro, California 94577
(510) 351-6228
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