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Sit Down Restaurants Northern California


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



Sacramento, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Trails is a little roadside joint that's found in Sacramento somewhat near the Tower District.



Tad's Steaks
San Francisco, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Here's the sign for Tad's Steaks all lit up. This steak house is located near Union Square in San Francisco.





Golden Tee Inn Restaurant (Demolished)
Sacramento, CA
Photos and info courtesy John Flores

Here are a couple of shots of the Golden Tee Restaurant & Hotel, located on Auburn Blvd. in Sacramento.  The Golden Tee has also been torn down . The demolition crew seems to be having a whole buffet of teardowns lately after tearing down the Lyon's Restaurant on Watt Avenue. 06-07

(Far left) The sign and view from the parking lot at the Golden Tee

(Near left) Another shot of the entrance



A & W Restaurant
San Rafael, CA
Photos and info courtesy Heather David

Check out the A & W restaurant in the town of San Rafael, CA. This A&W is located at 3741 Redwood Highway (across from the Marin Civic Center). A & W was founded in Lodi, California in 1922.  By 1960, the company had 2000 restaurants.  This A & W in San Rafael has been nicely maintained. 09-08

(Near left) The A & W hat shows the way to the restaurant

(Far right) The A & W marquee in its familiar colors









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