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The Spookiest Place to be this Halloween is Mel’s Diner on Geary in the Inner Richmond – Surrounded by Burial GroundsThursday, 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.)