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Jul 27, 2008 10:28 AM

2 SF Legends-Lesters and Tarks

Recently spent a few days in Hollywood and got to eat at 2 of my all time favorites. Breakfast at Lesters takes you back to the 50s - red booths and all. Bakery items looked awesome but settled for eggs and polish sausage - would have had corned beef hash but shame on Lesters' - it's from a can. Good biscuits. Dining partner had eggs benedict and said they were good. Good cup of coffee too. Hasn't changed for years.

Next night I fed my craving for seafood at Tarks. They've been doing it the same way since 1964. What a dive this place is but it doesn't get much better. Started with cold beer and oysters - sweet and shucked right before me. Tried conch fritters - good - and alligator bites - chewy. On to whole belly clams fried with a light batter - great and better priced than in Maine. Friends had a seafood platter - everything was fresh battered and fried and another had BBQ shrimp. The fish on the platter was filleted and battered as it was ordered. Would have got some wings to go but was stuffed - and we were headed to Jackson's for some ice cream. If you want fair priced fresh seafood, don't be put off by Tarks appearance. It doesn't get much better than this.

Jackson's ice cream is good - but a bit high priced - $6 for a generous pint. The cherry chocolate garden - vanilla with cherry and choclate chips was not as good as cherry garcia but the rocky road was some of the best.

Enjoyed my trip back to the 50s and 60s!

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  1. I'm a big fan of Lester's as well, though I will be the first to admit that some menu items there are just weird. I agree that breakfast is a terrific diner-style meal. In my heydey, I used to love to go to Lester's late-night. Never had a better grilled cheese or burger. Now that I'm only up at that time for crying children, I like to go there mid-day for the grilled cheese.

    I'm a native from S Florida. Used to go to Tark's with my parents. Not sure if it's worth revisiting, though your post make me curious.

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    1. re: amyvc

      I lived in SF for 40 years. Whenever I'm back for a visit I always go to Tarks and am never disappointed. Fresh clams and oysters always and some of the best wings. The "dive" part provides all the entertainment and atmosphere I need!