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Sit Down Restaurants Northern California



Original Joe's
San Francisco, CA
Photos and info courtesy of Justin Montano

Original Joe's is a restaurant and bar that serves up American and Italian food (I believe). It's in the "Tenderloin" neighborhood, but it has had it's better days.

(Far left) A shot of the venerable Original Joe's in San Francisco



San Francisco, CA
Photo courtesy Justin Montano

Here's the famous neon fish from Alioto's off Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.




Spenger's Grotto
Berkeley, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Looking for some good eats at a place with neon signs galore? Then Spenger's Grotto in Berkeley is the place to be.

(Near right) The neon sign for Spenger's Grotto in Berkeley, CA features a few neon fish atop some brightly lit letters

(Far right) The colorful signage alongside the Spenger's Grotto



Original Joe's
San Jose, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

The Original Joe's in San Jose is quite the night stop in town. Check out the fancy neon script on the side building.



Gold Spike
San Francisco, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Looking to grab an Italian dinner while in the Bay area? How does the Gold Spike sound? Though the name may not sound Italian, at least the neon marquee outside looks like a spike and lights up to boot.





Fresh Pond Cafeteria
Photo and info courtesy Dave van Hulsteyn

Here's the marquee for the Fresh Pond, long out of business. And no wonder – would you eat at a place called the Fresh Pond? Maybe as a frog.


UPDATE 04/05 : The Fresh Pond cafeteria was named for a local landmark. The Greyhound busses always had this as a pit stop between South Lake Tahoe and points towards the SFO Bay Area, at least in the 60's and 70's. The food was actually pretty good. Seems that once the buses quit stopping there, it folded. The sign may now be gone. It used to be quite busy when the buses pulled in. Many thanks to John from Carson City for update. 04-05








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