SF’s Iconic Diners

 November 12, 2015
Posted by jenn

Take some time to visit these iconic SF diners.

Photo: Douglas Zimmerman, SF Gate / Douglas Zimmerman

The exterior of Orphan Andy’s cafe in San Francisco.  I used to go here for their roast chicken dinner with mashed potatoes. They don’t serve either of those now. The place is open 24 hours and has been a mainstay in the Castro for years. Very East Coast diner feel inside.  Address: 3991 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, Phone:(415) 864-9795

Photo: Douglas Zimmerman, SF Gate / Douglas Zimmerman

The exterior of It’s Tops Cafe in San Francisco.  The exterior as well as the interior transport you to an old time era. Address: 1801 Market St, San Francisco, California 94103, Phone:(415) 431-6395

Has a bustling weekend breakfast crowd, busy for lunch. Unfortunately, due to increase in food and labor costs and decrease in evening business, they aren’t open for dinner. When they do serve dinner, you can get your entrée, choice of potato, fresh vegetables and dessert for around $11.00. The décor looks like it hasn’t been changed since the 1960’s. It’s not a place for neat freaks. The exterior of Howard’s Cafe in San Francisco.  Address: 1309 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122 Phone: (415) 564-4723

Good place for comfort food at reasonable prices. They’ve recently painted the interior. But, the place still has a throw-back to the 1950’s feel to it. The exterior of Tennessee Grill in San Francisco.  Address: 1128 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116 Phone:(415) 664-7834

The exterior of the Silver Crest Donut Shop in San Francisco. I used to stop here years ago, on my way home to the Excelsior. They sold the biggest donuts in town. I’d get one that was glazed and frosted. Last time I was there, that ring of sugary delight cost 75 cents. Very San Francisco old school interior.  Address: 340 Bayshore Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94124, Phone:(415) 826-0753

The exterior of the Benkyo-do in San Francisco.  The restaurant, famous for its manju and mochi, has been own and run by the Okamura family in Japantown since 1906. Address: 1747 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115, Phone:(415) 922-1244

Chuck and Chick Jeung opened the Manor Coffee Shop in West Portal in 1967.  The current owner, son Raymond Jeung, has put the restaurant up for sale.  Address: 321 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127, Phone:(415) 661-2468

Long lines happen every day for breakfast at Mama’s in San Francisco.  The Washington Square restaurant has been offering fresh and quality ingredients for its breakfast and brunch creations since Frances and Michael Sanchez opened its doors in 1964. Gourmet Magazine credited Mama’s as “a kind of super American brasserie, the best that the country has to offer.”  Address: 1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133, Phone:(415) 362-6421

Brazen Head has been a fixture in the Marina since the 1970’s. The restaurant has no outside sign and is a favorite with neighborhood locals for its “English pub atmosphere”.  Address: 3166 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94123, Phone:(415) 921-7600

The exterior of the original Swensen’s Ice Cream in San Francisco.  Earle Swensen opened his first ice cream parlor at the corner of Union and Hyde streets in 1948.  Address: 1999 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109, Phone:(415) 775-6818

The exterior of Whiz Burgers looks like it hasn’t changed much since it was built in 1950’s at the corner of 18th Street and South Van Ness.  Address: 700 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, Phone:(415) 824-5888

The Far East Cafe in San Francisco has been operating out of the same location on Grant Street in Chinatown since 1920.  Address: アメリカ合衆国, 631 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

St. Francis Fountain, San Francisco’s oldest ice cream parlor, has been open since 1918.  Basic California inspired diner fare and all-day breakfast have kept the restaurant a popular brunch spot in the Mission.  Address: 2801 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, Phone:(415) 826-4210

(Taken from SFGATE)

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