Calling itself an “open-air bar and grille for open minded people,” Hamburger Mary’s delivers good food and a fun atmosphere.

Part of a 14-store national franchise, Hamburger Mary’s opened in San Francisco in 1972.  It opened as a family oriented, affordably priced, restaurant and bar that target the gay and lesbian community and their families, along with those friendly to that population.  As the chain has expanded it has refined its concept with a focus on fresh food, home-style meals, that are prepared and presented in a fun atmosphere.

At the Palm Springs Hamburger Mary’s location, you’ll be greeted outside the door by a larger than life Mary welcoming you and tempting you with a larger than life burger.  Once inside, that saucy attitude continues.  It’s a little like being at your best and most irreverent friend’s home, where you expect nothing but the best, and are always ready for a few little surprises.

The menu includes lots of burger selections that are piled 6 inches high.  But that’s not all there is – you’ll find sandwiches, salads, steaks, fish, and a variety of other traditional bar food.  A very kid-friendly menu is also available.  If you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, try the Mary Tyler S’mores.  It’s just like being back at summer camp again.  Or get a little more daring with the Deep Fried Twinkies.

A bar favorite is the super spicy Blood Mary.  I also heard raves about the margaritas.

Indoor and outdoor dining is available, and the restaurant is family friendly.

Hamburger Mary’s is located at 415 North Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs.  (You can check the map to see if there’s a Hamburger Mary’s near you.)  It is open daily for lunch and dinner, serving dinner until 9:30 on weekdays and 10 pm on weekends.  The bar is open until midnight.

As they say – Eat, Drink and be Mary!

Photo credit:  personal collection