• Paul Mansfield

Red’s Java House Hamburger joint

Many say San Francisco has lost much of its cultural soul and identity due to the major tech companies coming to town & ‘Manhattanizing’ the downtown city scape. Certainly, while Dave and I were deciding what to order at Red’s, he spoke of a San Francisco past, that was home to beats, union workers, political idealists, artists and people seeking a safe place to express sexual identity.

Sometime last year, my photo comrade and I went on a photo junket down along the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Dave had been telling me about this great breakfast deal 

at an age-old ‘Good-Eats’ spot near the San Francisco Giants stadium. It was called Red’s Java House and the doors have been open for 60 years.

Camera choices: Dave was shooting with a Leica DSLR and that day, I was shooting with a Nikon F100 with Ilford Delta Pro 400 film. Film & Digital, salt & pepper, you say tomato and I say tamato, when it comes to choosing photographic mediums.

But lest I get ahead of myself, we were at Red’s Java House, to order some basic good grub, and explore the scenic San Francisco Pier area. We ordered the Two Egg Breakfast Plate - $10.51, which was a great deal, and tasted amazing. The house coffee was endless.

Red's Java House is still open during the Pandemic, last time I checked. They've got a great deal: Hamburger or Hot Dog - $5.97. Of course Chili Cheese Fries are so filling too! It's definitely worth going down to the Embarcadero and doing some take-out.!/menu (tweet!)

Red's Java House: 'Good Food through the Ages'

And I even wanted to try my hand at sketching from a vintage photo, I imagine was taken at Red's Java House back in the 60's. I'm sure the food tasted as good then, as it does now.

Paul Mansfield is a 'culinary beat writer' for the Pescado Press division of blogosphere San Francisco Bay Area.

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