Doggie Diner head.

Last Doggie Diner Head

Field review by the editors.

San Francisco, California

Across from the zoo, in the median of Sloat Boulevard, a large cartoon dog head is skewered on a pole. It's the last Doggie Diner head -- or at least, the last one displayed permanently, from a now defunct chain of Doggie Diner restaurants in the Bay Area.

The dog-headed sign was designed in 1966 by a local graphic artist.

At the base of the statue is a plaque offering only-in-San Francisco details: that the diner was a "popular unionized drive-in chain," and a "massive grassroots preservation effort, chronicled nationally in the 'Zippy the Pinhead' comic strip, let to its acquisition by the city" in 2000.

The Doggie Diner head has been well-restored, though its current red auto-gloss finish seems more revisionist than retro. If you're lucky, over in Emeryville, you can sometimes see three original Doggie Diner heads that are hauled around on a trailer to events and other temporary postings. But if you miss them, the one on Sloat is there to stay.

Last Doggie Diner Head

Sloat Blvd., San Francisco, CA
Median strip of Sloat Boulevard near Ocean Beach at 45th Avenue. The head faces east.
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