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Mel’s Drive-In

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Mel's Drive-In
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Time Out says

Like Lori’s, this retro diner is a nostalgic throwback to the ‘50s—but it’s actually legit, because it opened in 1947 and was even used for scenes in American Graffiti. There’s quite the Marina bro scene after last call, but tourists staying at the motels along Lombard are also attracted to the bright lights. As for the menu, you should get a Melburger (they use grass-fed California beef—it’s a sign of the times) and there are even poached eggs on avocado toast. There are also BLTs, a fried egg sandwich and milkshakes. Play rock & roll off the mini jukeboxes on the tables while you eat.

By: Marcia Gagliardi



Address: 2165 Lombard St
San Francisco

Opening hours: Fri-Sat 24 hours
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