In Fairfield: 1055 N. Texas St.
Hour: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday
Dave’s is consistently voted the best hamburger in the area by Daily Republic readers. This year is no exception. Lesa Gonzalez, the manager, and daughter of the late Dave Heim, the burger joint’s founder, said that her father would be “tickled” to know the business is still up and running. This July, Dave’s will celebrate its 50th anniversary. After Gonzalez’s father died, her mother took over and when her mother retires, Gonzalez will be ready to take the helm. She said that what keeps the customers coming back is the personal touch they offer customers and the taste of the custom-made burgers. “It just tastes so good,” Gonzalez said. “We just cook them the right way.” Dave’s uses fresh meat and fresh buns. But don’t ask for fries. Dave’s is a “no french fry” restaurant and Gonzalez said there are no plans to change that. “It just makes us different” Gonzalez said. “It’s all about the burger.”
Runners-up: In-N-Out Burger, Monsoon Burgers, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Crossroads Food Truck