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Joe's Cable Car Restaurant ***
Closing March 16, 2014
4320 Mission Street (at Silver)
Mission District near Alemany
Map of Joe's
Cable Car Restaurant
Cuisine: Old-Fashioned American
Description & Atmosphere
OK... so we watched Guy Fieri from the Food Network TV
Drive-In's and Dives" as he munched down — and
raved over — one
of Joe's famous hamburgers (or as owner Joe likes
to call them, "Fresh Ground
Always on a quest to find the perfect hamburger, we set out for
Joe's Cable Car Restaurant (located in San Francisco's Mission
District) to taste for ourselves. Judging from the crowds inside — and
the line out the door — we
weren't the only "hamburger-lovers" who watched Guy's TV
Some say that Joe's burgers are the best in
San Francisco — and you know what... they're the best we've tasted!
The casual restaurant offers booth and table seating. Decor is
somewhat whimsical. Fieri describes
the neon lights inside the restaurant as a "little
— Joe says the theme is "cheerful." Whatever...
the burgers are sure to bring a smile to your face :)
Joe (an Armenian native who came to San Francisco in 1962), grinds
his own fresh chuck daily — and you can really taste the
Big, fresh, juicy and flavorful best describe the Fresh Ground
Beef Steaks (100% U.S.D.A. federally selected choice beef chuck)
that are available in three sizes — 4oz,
6oz and 8oz.
Enjoy an amazing variety of hamburger options, including:
- The Cable Burger
- Joe's Burger
- The California Burger
- The Mushroom Burger
- The Bacon Burger
- The French Burger
- The Tom Burger
- The Pita Burger
- The Patty Melt
- The Diet Burger
- The Chili Burger
- Avocado Burger
- Pizza Burger
- Country Burger
- Terriyaki Burger
- BBQ Burger
- Rib Eye Steak
- Steak A La Joe
Skinny Fries and thick Onion Rings are deliciously crisp and tasty — and
not in the least bit greasy. Either one is a perfect complement
burger — don't
even think about counting calories... just enjoy!
Sandwiches, Fresh Salads and Hot Dogs are also available.
can see that Joe is passionate about his food — he's
been turning out exceptional burgers for over 40 years!
And he really knows how to work a crowd and make
you feel as if you're "family" — this is a great
place for young and old alike... and everyone in between!
Don't ask for your burger well-done (even
if you're a Brit like me) — they
prefer to serve them medium-rare, unless you specify otherwise.
We compromised — one
medium (pictured below) and one medium-well (that would be mine)
and both tasted
Milk Shakes & Malts
Milk Shakes and Malts are made with Bud's famous San Francisco Ice Cream.
The shake is the perfect consistency — not too thick so you can drink
it through a straw :)
Flavors come in Banana, Chocolate, Coffee,
Strawberry, Vanilla, Root Beer Float, Root Beer Freeze and Orange
Freeze — or
Our favorite is the
Chocolate Banana Malted Milk Shakes — yum!
Soft drinks, Beer and Wines are also available.
Open daily 11am-11pm
(except announced holidays)
No reservations; be prepared to wait in line during peak hours
Limited free parking (at side and back of restaurant) and metered
Friendly and efficient service — with a smile
*$6.00 cover charge for split-plate orders. $15
minimum service charge per person. Gratuity charge for parties
of five or more. Major credit cards accepted.
Joe's Cable Car Restaurant
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