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Joe's Cable Car

The Burger:

Bacon Fresh Ground Beef Steak

Overall Rating:


Cost Range:


Rated On:

Aug 17, 2011

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

Joe grinds his own fresh chuck daily. Don't believe me? Just look at the signs on the front of this place. There aren't many things better than fresh, in-house ground chuck to take your burger experience and crank it up a few notches. The patty is cooked to your preference and delivered to a soft and tasty sesame seed bun. Then, you are presented with a parade of fresh and unique toppings that seemingly never stops. Selection, Selection, Selection my friends. Can't beat good choice. From first bite to last, you experience the joy of a fresh beef steak patty. Not something that is offered by just anyone, and definitely not something to overlook.

The Extras

Ever wondered what a fresh ground patty, topped with egg on an English muffin would taste like? Wonder no more, Joe can do that for you. Breakfast of champions I tell ya! With a plethora of topping options, I honestly believe a man could use up an entire year trying to mix and match the combinations.

The Experience

Joes cable car is literally in a cable car. Not too shabby if you ask me. Adds a nice feel to the whole 'diner' experience.

My Take

Joe's is kind of tucked away in rural San Francisco and not the easiest to find as a tourist using public transit. That said, it's not impossible by any stretch and well worth the effort.

Rating Breakdown

  • Quality of Bun
  • Quality of Patty
  • Quality of Toppings
  • Selection of Toppings
  • Preparation
  • Aesthetics
  • Manageability
  • Drip Factor
  • Uniqueness
  • Overall Flavour
  • Value


  • 8/10
  • 14/15
  • 9/10
  • 5/5
  • 9/10
  • 4/5
  • 8/10
  • 4/5
  • 5/5
  • 17/20
  • 3/5

Burger Rating Scale: Explained

To start, just a note explaining the weighted rating of the burg. We understand that it might be a little confusing, but the thought is that certain points of a burger just have more of an effect on how good a burger really is. For example, we feel the quality of the patty has a bigger impact on the burger than the cost or how well it holds together.

  • Quality of Bun: How was the bun? Fresh? Chewy? We always hope for the freshest possible bun, something that we can grip on to and that will act as a proper container for the burger itself
  • Quality of Patty: Ah, the essence of the burg. How good is the patty though? I mean, are we dealing with the ideal 80/20 chuck? Or, do we have a patty riddled with filler and other foreign and unwanted product?
  • Quality of Toppings: How fresh is the produce on the burg? How fresh are the sauces? How well prepared are the other wild and wonderful things that adorn our burg?
  • Selection of Toppings: Is this a joint that tells you what to get? Or is the the sky the limit? There's something to be said for a place that will let you pile some onion rings, a fried egg and a half a Bavarian on your burg.
  • Preparation: How well are the 'essentials' prepared? Did you have the makings for a good patty, but Joe Chef burnt it beyond recognition? Was the patty great, but that heap of bacon you wanted was uncooked? Overall, how was the burger put together?
  • Aesthetics: Nothing says delicious like a burger that is giving you those "come hither" looks with how delicious IT looks.
  • Manageability: How far did you make it before the burger fell apart? I know a good burger is supposed to be juicy and leave your hands a mess, but I don't feel that I should be eating the majority of it with a fork.
  • Drip Factor: Just how far down your arm did that succulent stream of burger juices make it? We all know that noone leaves a proper burger battle without getting a little messy
  • Uniqueness: Can you get this burg at McDonalds? Did they take some time to actually make something different here? You can have burgers that are just plain amazing, and you can have burgers that are amazing and make you think "Where did they come up with this?"
  • Overall Flavor: Did your taste-buds do a jig? Does your mouth water at the mere mention of this burger joint? Flavor is where it’s at baby!
  • Value: How much "bang for your buck" factor was involved? Obviously you pay for greatness, but sometimes it is unjust, and sometimes it is just a treat.
"People's Choice" Rating: (2 votes - 5.00)

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Available with your choice of:


  • Beef
  • French Bread
  • Pita


  • Sesame


  • Ketchup
  • Mayo


  • Cheddar
  • Mozza
  • Swiss
  • Jack
  • Bleu
  • Provolone
  • Pepper Jack


  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Sauteed Onion
  • Peppers
  • Pickles
  • Bacon
  • Chili Con Carne
  • Avocado
  • Egg


  • Fries
  • Onion Rings
  • Garden Salad


  • Pop
  • Milkshake
  • Beer
  • Wine