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Five Favorite Diners in San Francisco

By Travel Savvy

It can be argued that there is nothing more quintessentially American than the diner. From dusk til dawn, in every city across the country, you'll find satisfaction when you slide into a vinyl booth and tuck into a plate of flapjacks or a stuffed omelette...maybe a BLT or a juicy burger. Afterall, classics never go out of style, and -- let's face it ---the "fast casual" dining concept is perfect for every situation.

As one of the best foodie destinations on the West Coast, San Francisco knows how to serve it up, at these Top Five Diners of San Francisco.

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It's Tops Coffee Shop

1801 Market Street


Open Monday through Saturday 8:00AM - 3:00PM; Wednesday through Saturday 8:00PM - 3:00AM; Sunday  8:00AM - 11:00PM

This hometown favorite in the Mission District has been serving loyal clients since 1935. Walking into It's Tops Coffee Shop is like stepping into a time machine complete with chrome countertops, vinyl booths, counterstools and jukeboxes. Let's not forget favorites such as hotcakes, stuffed waffles, bacon (of course) and the ice cream fountain.           


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Just For You Cafe

732 22nd Street


Open Monday through Friday 7:30AM - 3:00PM; Saturday and Sunday 8:00AM - 4:00PM

If you happen to be walking around the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco and notice a delicious aroma of coffee and baked goods, it's definitely wafting from the Just For You Cafe. This diner specializes in all the usual diner classics with just a touch of culinary influences from Mexico, New Orleans, or California. Locals recommend the beignets for dessert.

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Eddie's Cafe

800 Divisadero Street

Open Monday through Saturday 7:30AM - 3:30PM; Sunday 8:30AM - 3:30PM

Enjoy a hearty, homestyle breakfast with extra bacon at Eddie's Cafe. Locals line up at this Alamo neighborhood favorite for excellent no-frills breakfast dishes, priced at around $10. For those needing a daily jolt of caffeine, you'll be happy with the bottomless refills, served in one of their quirky coffee mugs; no two mugs are the same. Cash only.

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St. Francis Fountain

2801 24th Street

Open Monday through Friday 8:00AM - 3:00PM; Saturday and Sunday 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Open since 1918, St. Francis Fountain is a beloved Mission District staple, offering everything from Huevos Rancheros to Buttermilk Hotcakes. New owners took over in '02, adding vegan and vegetarian options as well. The best part of this classic luncheonette-style diner is the full page of dessert offerings, including shakes, sundaes, floats, and banana splits.

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Lori's Diner

500 Sutter Street


Open every day for 24 hours.

Serving customers since the 80's, Lori's Diner relocated in 1993 to a bigger space on Sutter Street, which is just down the road from Union Square. Step into the 50's at this rockin' diner complete with sparkling red booths, a gas pump, a collection of vintage radios and even a '59 Edsel (a Ford Motor Company vehicle that was only manufactured from '58 to '60)! Breakfast is served all day long. 


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