Posts Tagged ‘drive in’

Sonic Boom: Our Greater Bay Area Now has Five (5) SONIC DRIVE-INs – Photo As Seen in Cow Town – Is Oak Town Next?

Friday, January 13th, 2017

I’ve never had the Sonic myself – I’m too old/fat for that. But you young-uns have at it.

As seen in Vaca (cow) ville (town), which still has cows, but was named after Manuel Cabeza Vaca, of course.

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Anyway, Oakland would seem to be an excellent fit for the Sonic – we’ll see…

Red, Blue, Green, Yellow: “DRIVE-IN, BURGERS, SHAKES FRIES, HOT DOGS” – Tony’s Cable Car Restaurant, Geary Expressway

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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3.9 on G+

3.5 on Yelp

The Spookiest Place to be this Halloween is Mel’s Diner on Geary in the Inner Richmond – Surrounded by Burial Grounds

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

San Francisco’s Big Four Cemeteries, Odd Fellows’ (aka Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.)), Masonic, Laurel Hill, and Calvary, used to surround our  Mel’s Diner on 3355 Geary. Philip Ferrato has the deets and some photos of what these places used to look like.

All the people buried got dug up and sent to Colma by the 1940’s, but the ghosts remain, I’m sure.

Keep that in mind when your noshing on three-star Yelp-rated fare at the Mel’s…

The bulk of the University of San Francisco used to be Masonic Cemetery. See?


St. Ignatius Church, aerial view. Masonic Cemetery remains in background. The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley

Keep a look out.


Tony’s Cable Car vs. Joe’s Cable Car – Comparing Burgers in San Francisco

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

If you want a burger from a cable car in San Francisco (and really, why wouldn’t you?), you’ve got two choices.

Starting with Tony’s Cable Car. It’s a simple old-skool hamburger stand at 2500 Geary perched over the tunnel that goes under Masonic. A portion of the ingredients have been previously frozen, so that’s offputting to some. But if you pay $13 for burgers and fries, the bag they put it in will have some heft and the contents will be well-prepared, hot, and yummy.  

O.K. then.


Now we’re ending with Joe’s Cable Car at 4320 Mission. Did you know that Joe Grinds His Own Fresh Chuck Daily, or something? Lot’s of people know that because this joint has been featured on the Food Network. So you’ll get tourists making pilgramages down to the Outer Mission.

People tend to like the food, but not the high prices (adding 2 oz. more chuck to your burger costs $3.50 – that’s $26/lb!) or the $15 per capita minimum order service charge. All that daily grinding costs money, you see, but some question if Joe has gone too far with his pricing scheme.

The Yelpers seem to prefer Tony’s.

If you’re looking for a tie-breaker, the San Francisco Department of Health‘s most recent report has this to say about Joe’s:

Floors, Walls, Ceilings Improperly constructed, in disrepair, not clean   
Improper Storage: Equipment. Utensils, Linens    
Foods not separated or protected

For Tony’s, aka “Geary Drive In”, the DPH simply states:

This location has no violations

So there you have it. You make the call.

(Or you could compromise on the cable car theme and check out Bill’s Place on Clement. Lot’s of people like that joint.)