Joe’s Cable Car, San Francisco

by foodhoe on September 28, 2005

4320 Mission Street (between Silver Ave & Tingley St) |

Joe grinds his chuck fresh daily was about all the information I needed. Because Joe’s Cable Car is located way the hell out on Mission at Silver, and we are next to the Maritime Museum at the absolute end of Van Ness, I had to negotiate a deal with a co-worker to drive us out there and back. Free Fries and Onion Rings. That sounded good to me. Joe’s is a food shrine, it resembles a cable car festooned with bright neon lights on the outside, and we were greeted boisterously by Joe, who gave us the best seats in the house, right next to the grill where we could watch them flipping burgers. The decor was very festive and it’s just so damn bright and jolly in there that I was bursting with good cheer and anticipation. The service was upbeat and professional, these people take a genuine pride in their business. I ordered the Cable Fresh Ground Steak, 4 oz, which is cooked to order and served open face on a sesame bun with the works, including pepperoncini if you want them. I’ve had a lot of awesome burgers (Cafe Rouge, Rose Pistola, Burgermeister’s Niman ranch burgers, Butterfly’s Kobe beef burgers, ) and the texture of Joe’s burger was not a packed down flat patty of dry brown chewy meat. It had a fluffy, chewy texture, delicately crisped on the edges, juicy and packed with flavor. Worth the $17 each. The onion rings and fries were fresh from the fryer. Hmmm, must find a way to get out there again one day…

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