San Francisco Vacation: Mel’s Drive-In

There was this one morning we took the Caltrain to San Francisco. It was pretty early and we were deciding what we wanted for breakfast. So we decided to walk from the Caltrain station near the Giants Stadium up to the Market and Powell. There were quite a few places available for breakfast. We actually had a hard time choosing because it’s either someone who wanted something else. But when we came across Mel’s Drive-In, it was unanimous. I am not sure exactly what it is but perhaps it’s the cheeriness and warmth of this place.


This is not a drive-in, despite its name. But it has a very nice 1950s nostalgic theme. This appears to be a very popular restaurant.


We love checking out the Juke Box on our table. Well, the boys does not recognize any songs at all. Not sure about you all, I love busy-looking table for breakfasts … you know … lots of condiments, straw dispenser, menus with pictures, coffee cups and all.


We ordered three things to share between the four of us. First, it was the diced ham and eggs. All of us loves eggs except Suanne. So, she stayed away from touching this.


We also had what is called the Waffle Combo. Nice crispy bacon and also more eggs. I like the butter they serve in a kind of open sided packs — makes it easier to open and its mostly soft and melted.


Then there is the Lumber Jack. A monster of the lot. Only Nanzaro and I know how to enjoy sunny side up eggs. That, to us, is the only way to completely savour eggs. We have perfected the fine art of slurping up the yoke with a loud slurp.


That large piece of ham is simply too thick and large. We are no particularly fond of hams but we finished it off.


And the humble butter and toast. Suanne, not wanting any food to go to waste, finished them off. It was a large breakfast for us.


This is a first I came across … they printed a “Tip Guide” at the bottom of the check. They even printed in caps “TIP IS NOT INCLUDED”. Well, well … what do you say?


Total damage on the bill is $37. It was quite reasonable considering what we had. We had lesser food for more money before. We left happy.


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  1. D.A. Pennington

    Mel’s Drive-in?

    American Graffiti. Hello?

    Mel’s drive-in was the focal shooting location for George Lucas’s film American Graffiti. the film alone saved the drive-in from going out of business

  2. Chubbypanda

    Mel’s Drive-in isn’t bad. It’s a good place for a late dinner or early breakfast, but overall there are better places in that area.

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