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Oct 23, 2009 06:28 PM

Tad's Steakhouse???

I was browsing the listings and came across Tad's Steakhouse (est. 1955). I don't remember ever seeing it referenced here. It seems to be one of those "stuck in a timewarp" places that might be cool or might be a good example of why things have changed. Any experiences?

Tad's Steakhouse
120 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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  1. Yes, a few times back in the early 90s. My friends and I thought it was a great deal getting a full steak meal for under $10 while in college and walking around Union Square. IIRC, cafeteria-ish -- grab a tray, tell them what you want, pay and grab a seat.

    Looks like it's gone up to about $13 now, doubt much has changed -- except I probably wouldn't go now if given the choice.

    1. I remember eating at Tad's when we came into the city from Berkeley around 1968-69. Steak dinners were like $1.99 or something like that. It was cheap, filling and for stoned, hungry teenagers a decent enough meal, then off to the Fillmore for a night of music.

      Great memories and though I walk by Tad's sometimes when visiting, I'm not inclined to stop in to eat. Guess for me it's a place stuck in the past and better left there. But thanks for asking and bringing back those days for me.

      1. Thanks for the reports. Actually, it looks like the chicken fried steak might be decent.

        1. Baked potato is good. There is more variety underneath Westfield Center, but a Tad more expensive.

          Tad's Steakhouse
          120 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

          1. My Tad's memory is a bit older:

            On a high school trip to NYC in the early 60's we ate at Tad's 99 Cent Steaks. Yup, $0.99. I think the baked potato was a bit extra. The steak, as I recall, was adequate, grilled over some kind of fire in large quantities, had a bit of gristle near the end, was was a lot better bargain than a slice of pizza.