The allure of San Francisco skyrocketed during the 60s as the music that had its beginnings here made waves across the country. At Pier 39’s Hard Rock Cafe, diners can celebrate the connection between the birth of classic rock and the City by the Bay that grew out of 1967 and the Summer of Love. Where else can you get a rock n’ roll museum combined with a burger, fries and a shake?
See the display of rock memorabilia, a permanent tribute to some of San Francisco’s own 20th century legends: Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Santana, plus great artists that performed here: Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Journey, Nirvana, Michael Jackson and others.
From the opening of the very first Hard Rock Cafe in London’s Piccadilly more than 40 years ago right up to today, each and every HRC location has become recognized as a go-to classic by fans of good music, good food and good times. San Francisco became home to the planet’s fifth Hard Rock Cafe in 1984, featuring that special combination of classic guitars, classic rock and classic American cuisine that’s now spread to nearly 200 locations in 59 countries.
Best advice? Come hungry.You know how great artists can re-imagine something to make it truly legendary? Well, that’s why they like to call it the Original Legendary Burger. A proprietary blend of Angus premium USDA grade beef, grilled and served on a toasted brioche with just-so-right seasoned fries and a special sauce. Now, if only you can figure out how to leave room for dessert.
And for those who like it hot, the new Fiesta Burger topped with fresh guacamole and served with fiery jalapeña salsa should do the trick. There’s always more on menu from down south at HRC: The Texan, Hickory Smoked BBQ Trio, Cowboy Rib Eye -- don’t forget the fried onion rings.
Never one to overlook the vegetarians, San Francisco’s Hard Rock Cafe has plenty of choices, including the popular Caesar Salad, Cobb Salad and Fresh Vegetable Sandwich served on (naturally) San Francisco sourdough bread.
Ben & Jerry may hail from back East, but how does a dessert of a Hot Fudge Brownie sound? B&J’s vanilla ice cream and hot fudge on a fresh homemade brownie, topped with chopped walnuts, chocolate sprinkles, fresh whipped cream and a cherry on top. Otherwise, be tempted by an Apple Cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Cheesecake, anyone? You’ll burn off the extra calories tackling these crazy hills, anyway, so enjoy!
Come whenever you like...happy hour begins nightly at 9 p.m. and carries on ‘til the midnight hour. And, if you’re away from home and missing the NFL action, stop by the Hard Rock Cafe. The TV screens will be tuned in to the football game and an extra happy hour will be extended to everybody.
Follow the crowds or the call of the famous barking sea lions to Pier 39, adjacent to Fisherman’s Wharf and The Embarcadero. Of course, Hard Rock Cafe has a great location with exquisite views of Alcatraz, the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. On fog-free days -- of which there are plenty! -- grab a seat on the patio. How very San Francisco can you get?