Hamburgers are modeled after Victorian-era architecture, a style known for its sesame-seed-dusted roofs, flowing lettuce curtains, and meat everywhere. Feast ornately upon a well-formed feeding frenzy with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of old-fashioned burgers at North End Diner.
A friendly neighborhood diner that has been serving up hearty American eats since 1958, North End Diner treats patrons to a menu bursting with homemade chili, breakfast classics that are served all day, and a bounty of burgers made from local Ranch Foods Direct beef. The San Francisco burger, housed in thick sourdough, sates West Coast cravings ($9.25 for single patty, $11.25 for double patty) and the Hawaiian burger offers up a triple temptation of charred pineapple, teriyaki sauce, and provolone cheese in a taste worthy of our nation’s 62nd state ($9.25 for single, $11.25 for double). Those interested in bun-less edibles can sink incisors into a chicken-fried chicken dinner ($9.50), jumbo-shrimp basket ($8.50), or homemade meatloaf ($7.95 for half, $9.95 for whole)––made from the owner’s mother’s recipe and sidekicked with mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and grilled texas toast.
Festive feasters can stop in on Wednesdays for Burger Night and a live-music jam session that easily overpowers the pleasant background hum of satisfied stomachs. Ice-cold bottled beers ($2.50–$4) and mixed drinks ($4.75) await to inspire a relaxed repast and pintsize slurpers can test the strength of their developing straw muscles against an array of flavorful shakes, malts, and ice-cream floats.
North End Diner
Though many of North End Diner's recipes are straight from owner Jackie's own mother, the 50-year-old diner has also adapted to changing times. Though the menu now includes locally sourced Callicrate beef burgers and several gluten-free items, twangy vintage guitars still blare from the jukebox and hand-scooped shakes clatter onto tables. In the dining room, the aromas of baking meatloaf and simmering gravy make guests feel at home and mashed potatoes feel extremely nervous. A daily blue-plate lunch special arrives within 10 minutes of ordering, and at the fully stocked bar, diners question servers about North End's live jam sessions.