Chowdown Report: Farewell Dago Mary's
I few of us went to today's Last Lunch at Dago Mary's.
It hasn't changed much since I went there regularly as a poor new arrival to this city in the 1980s. It was a beautiful sunny day and we got the best table in the house - the furthest corner table so we had two picture windows looking out over the bay.
The four of us had:
Crispy Calamary appetizer $9.50
Spaghetti & Housemade Meatballs $13.50
Sole Picatta lemon caper sauce with mashed potatoes and vegetable $16.95
Dungeness Crab Louis $16.95
Half Pound Fresh Ground Cheesburger & fries $10.75
Our drinks were a Bloody Mary, Iced Tea & Anchor Steams.
The calamari was wonderfully tender. The spaghetti was your basic old school dish. The sole & potatoes were lovely and I was happy to find the mixed vegetables fresh & still with some snap. The crab louis came with a decent portion of fresh crab and the sauce on the side (I love being able to control the sauce since too many places drown the crab with way too much sauce). The burger was ordered rare and came with nice grill marks but a red and tender interior - it was quite flavorful. The fries were steak fries and decent if not remarkable.
All in all it was wonderful Friday lunch - a beautiful warm day on the bay with good food.
The place was packed with plenty of people angling for their Dago Mary's Last Supper as well.
Bye Mary! Hope you make it back to the new Hunters Point Shipyard development, but I doubt you will ever be the same.
See also, today's sfgate story:
Thanks for posting, it was a blast to see this place for the first time and help celebrate its history. There's still time 'hounds to head over there for a beer and a plate of the excellent calamari --- tender, juicy, nice cornmeal crust. Here are my photos of our lunch, the interior, and the view from the two picture windows.
re: Melanie Wong
For a while, they made them change the name to "Al's Place"...didn't work. About 50 years ago I spent a lot of time at Al's when working in Sacto. They only had one main dish, NY steak. No menu, waitress would just ask "how you want it". In summer, the best homegrown tomatoes in the whole world, big as softballs. The cook was a friend named George Shinn, and when I complained that the steaks be charcoal broiled, the owner said "no...George drinks and he would burn us down. Once is enough." I've taken many visitors there over the years, and it is a memorable experience. Everyone should go to Al's before they die.
Replying to myself, to old thread. The reason Dago Mary's was demolished is because Lennar/the City wanted to change the road approach to the shipyard. That is not going to happen. So a restaurant many people enjoyed was demolished and didn't need to be. I find this pretty galling.