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Historic drive-in diner seen in George Lucas's American Graffiti serves up fare such as homemade pies & grass-fed half-pound burgers

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Expires Jan 29th, 2014. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Valid for dine-in or take-out only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $12 for $24 worth of classic diner fare for a table of two people or more
  • $25 for $50 worth of classic diner fare for a table of four people or more

See the menu of appetizers and entrees and breakfast and drinks.

Mel's Drive-In

In 1947, owners Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs assembled a staff of 14 carhops to serve passing motorists at the first Mel's Drive-In. For the next two decades, customers partial to automobile dining flocked to the chain’s 11 California locations, eager to wash down grass-fed half-pound burgers with thick milk shakes. As fast-food outlets outpaced the drive-in's once-speedy service, its popularity declined, and it was eventually scheduled for demolition. The building got a temporary reprieve, however, when filmmaker George Lucas decided to use the drive-in's original location on Lombard Street as the colorful backdrop for his film American Graffiti. As bulldozers destroyed the last remnants of the historic drive-in, American Graffiti opened in theaters.

A decade later, though, Mel's son Steven reopened Mel's Drive-In in an attempt to carry on his father's dream. Steven restored the drive-in's multiple locations to mirror their original motif by stocking each with midcentury must-haves such as illuminated marquees, jukeboxes, and Elvis-themed WiFi passwords. The drive-in’s menu, meanwhile, balances period-appropriate fare, such as hot dogs and burgers, with healthy options, such as the Haven’s Famous vegetarian sandwich, two slices of nine-grain bread topped with avocado, sprouts, and tomatoes.


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  • “Good food at affordable price, friendly staffs.”

  • “Good service and tasty food!”

  • “the one on Sunset is quieter if you want that.”

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    Mel's Drive-in

    3355 Geary Blvd.

    San Francisco, CA 94118

    +14153872255

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    Mel's Drive-in

    1050 Van Ness Ave

    San Francisco, CA 94109

    +14152926357

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  3. 3

    Mel's Drive-in

    801 Mission St.

    San Francisco, CA 94103

    +14152270793

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Midday meals that bridge breakfast and lunch
Uncomplicated dining experiences that won't waste your time or budget
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