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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Three Kid-Friendly Burger Joints in San Francisco

A busy day of sightseeing is enough to make anyone hungry, and when traveling with kids, what food makes everyone happy? Pizza!

Oops - that's another post. I meant burgers and fries. And not that double arches kind. Go for a Bay Area chain instead. Here are three great burger joints to help you refuel after a long day of exploring the city:

Mel’s Drive-In – If you’ve seen American Graffiti, you’ve seen Mel’s. While no longer a drive-in, this 50’s diner retains its period charm with the help of cheeky waitresses, burgers and shakes. Kids get their burgers delivered in paper cars – which they notoriously drive around the table and then take home, ketchup stains and all. You’ll find four Mel’s locations in the City. When seeing the museums downtown, try the one at 4th and Mission.

Taylor’s Refresher – Order your food at the counter and then find a spot at high tables with swiveling stools. Here you’ll find a range of items, including quality Niman Ranch beef burgers, topped with your choice of bacon, blue cheese, onion rings, and even guacamole. As for fries, go crazy. The sweet potato fries and garlic fries are scrumptious. Plus you can quench your thirst with wine, local Anchor Steam beer or root beer floats. It's at the Ferry Plaza.

Max’s Opera Cafe – A singing wait staff and extremely large portions make this place an all-around winner. Work up an appetite checking out the dessert case when you enter – then use the proverbial carrot (cake) to get the kids to eat a decent meal. The kids’ menu also offers a sundae, complete with gummy worms. Delicious! 601 Van Ness Avenue.

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