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Coffee Shops Northern California

 

Biff's Coffee Shop (Closed)
Oakland, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Yes Biff's certainly belongs among the classic coffee shops. A non-profit group called Save Biff's saved this one from the big coffee shop in the sky. Today an auto dealership occupies the lot but the building still stands.

 

 

Pancake Circus
Sacramento, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Pancake Circus is a must eat place if you're in or visiting the Sacramento area. The breakfasts are generous, the service is good, and the food is tasty!

 

 

It's Tops Coffee Shop
San Francisco, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Check out this flashback to the times when a neighborhood coffee shop was the place to grab a hot meal. Give It's Tops a try if you're in the Bay Area.

 

 

Dave's Coffee Shop (Gone)
Oakland, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

This fun sign for Dave's Coffee Shop points to an eatery that appears to sadly be no more. Check out the dancing chef character on this marquee who appears rather happy at this point in time.

According to this contributor to Yelp, Dave's opened its doors in 1930 and closed in 2004. Word is the sign was removed around 2008.

 

UPDATE 09/10 : Dave's is (was) in Oakland, CA. I had the pleasure of working at both Biff's and Dave's in the 80's. They don't make em' like that anymore! Many thanks to Penny Magalong for update. 09-10

 

 

Mel's Bowl Restaurant
Redwood City, CA
Photo courtesy Jason Carlton

Here's the sign above the restaurant area at Mel's Bowl in Redwood City, CA. Looks like the lettering was at the least formerly neon.

 

 

 

Denny's Restaurant
Redwood City, CA
Photo courtesy Jason Carlton

Sneak a peek at this classic old Denny's sign, made long before Denny's followed through on notions to become a diner.


This Redwood City location also features a traditional Armet and Davis designed boomerang siding on its restaurant. Luckily, this Denny's doesn't appear to have been "dinerized" yet.

 

 

Denny's Restaurant
Mountain View, CA
Photo courtesy Jason Carlton

Here's another of the Armet and Davis styled Denny's, still in pristine shape.

 

 

Hunter's Grill
Yuba City, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's the Hunter's Grill of Yuba City. This coffee shop was once a Sambo's Restaurant. The side view looks like a polygon version of a boomerang. Many thanks to Mark Fahey for the Sambo's ID.

 

 

 

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