There’s something magical about the good old-fashioned American hamburger. A juicy hamburger patty cooked to perfection on a fresh, soft, sesame seed bun, with mustard, mayo, pickles, crisp iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and cheese – a classic! And, the Hamburger Factory restaurant in Old Poway Park, Poway, California delivers just that – a good, old-fashioned American hamburger served in a casual, family atmosphere surrounded by Old West kitsch on the walls, hanging from the rafters and just standing around!
Located in Old Poway Park, the Hamburger Factory is surrounded by a beautiful, tree-filled park, with gentle rolling hills, a large gazebo, a train station, several restored buildings and houses plus a train (look for my post next week about Old Poway Park for more details)! The train operates most weekends, but check the schedule before arriving if a train ride is part of your day! Don’t want to disappoint the kiddos! There’s plenty of parking and the Hamburger Factory and its surrounding park are handicap-friendly.
The fun begins right at the front door with a clever and unusual sign – a fork, tin pie plate and knife bolted to the door. The tin pie plate is removable, signifying “Open” or “Closed” depending on what the plate is covering! How cute!
Once inside, a life-size wooden cowboy greets you and a life-size wooden Indian signals from the corner! These icons of the Old West set the tone for the rest of the décor – classic Americana!
Two of the three photos above are of their enclosed patio. I love the red, green and blue simple wooden chairs! With a bar located in the back (serving beer and wine), the Hamburger Factory serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day plus has a catering menu for parties. Serving classic American diner fare, with man-friendly choices like ribs and steaks, plus kid-friendly choices like hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken nuggets, there is something on the menu for everyone!
Our most recent family outing to this iconic restaurant was to celebrate Tiffany’s birthday. Here are some photos from our day!
Left to right in the picture above: Chris (Tiffany’s husband), Brian (Gail’s boyfriend), Gail (Tiffany’s mom and my sister), Grammy Jo (my mom and Tiffany’s grandmother), a sliver of Tiffany, and the back of Charlie (my husband). Not shown: me (the picture-taker!), Samantha (Tiffany’s sister, my niece and Gail’s daughter), Princess P and Princess Sweetie Pie (Chris and Tiffany’s daughters). For some reason, I failed to get a good picture of everyone!
- Chris (Tiffany’s husband and the Princesses P’s father) holding the cake and showing it to Tiffany (in the picture with Chris: Gail, Tiffany’s mother and my sister).
- The cake – purchased from a bakery and brought to the restaurant with us. The Hamburger Factory graciously provided plates!
- Princess P plucks a ribbon from the cake.
- Princess P sucks the frosting from the ribbon! (in the picture with Princess P: Tiffany and Grammy Jo, my mom, Tiffany’s grandmother and the Princesses P’s great-grandmother).
- Tiffany slices the cake; Princess P standing by with a pile of plates (ha ha ha – how many plates do ten people need anyway?).
- Princess P sighs, “gosh, Mom, can’t you cut the cake faster?”
- Princess Sweetie Pie waiting patiently as Tiffany cuts the cakes.
- Princess P acknowledging that Tiffany is cutting the cake correctly.
- Still waiting for that cake!
- A slice of cake!
- And, the rest of the cake!
(other restaurant reviews and posts)
- 42 San Diego Restaurants to Savor
- Chicken Pie Diner
- Corvette Diner
- Find a Restaurant Wherever You Are: Great Places to Eat in the US, Canada and the UK
- San Diego Restaurants: Our Favorite Places to Eat