Posts Tagged ‘Joe’s’

Turns Out That the Best Way to Fill Up the Parking Lot at the Horrible LUCKY PENNY Diner was SHUTTING THE PLACE DOWN

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Here’s the lot of our former LUCKY PENNY (“People Hate Us On YELP!”) as it is these days:

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Man, the only time I’ve seen as many cars here was that week in December when news got out that the joint was going kaput. (Otherwise, this place was like a ghost town in the daytime…)

So now this parcel of land can fulfill its highest and best purpose – as a parking lot for neighboring Trader Joe’s #100:

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Good times.

Hey, are people living inside the Lucky Penny, our Brokedown Palace these days? IDK. But what are the people in there doing?

Oh well.

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.)