Where Sam Spade Had Dinner
John's Grill site where Dashiell Hammett wrote "The Maltese Falcon""Spade went to John's Grill and asked the waiter to hurry his order of chops, baked potatoes, sliced tomatoes... and was smoking a cigarette with his coffee when... "
is designated a Literary Landmark by Friends of the Libraries U.S.A.
|The Menu -- Front|
"This landmark was the setting for the Maltese Falcon novel by Dashiell Hammett and now is the headquarters of the Dashiell Hammett Society of San Francisco, founded October 21, 1977, by William F. Nolan, author of a biographical study of Hammett, and Jack Kaplan, retired U.S. Army major and now director of Pinkerton's. Nolan and Kaplan aided in establishing "The Maltese Falcon Room" and have been guides in the "Hammett Walks" around the city of San Francisco."
|The Menu -- Back|
"Opened in 1908, John's Grill is still there today at 63 Ellis, wood-paneled, walled with framed sketches of past customers and sepia photographs of old San Francisco, and dispensing good food."
|Biberman's Portrait of Dashiell Hammett|
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