Column: ‘Mad Men’ cooks up a Burger Chef scene in the 909


Friday’s column resurrects a bit of hamburger history (the best kind of history?) to talk about Burger Chef, which reappeared courtesy of the 909 in an episode of “Mad Men.”¬†After that is an item about my vacation in St. Louis (the St. Tropez of the Midwest?) and a few Culture Corner briefs.

Above is Burger Chef as it appeared on “Mad Men,” from the site IndieWire; below is a vintage Burger Chef, location unknown, from the French Fry Diary blog.


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  • Derek

    In the late 1960’s / early 1970’s, I can vaguely remember riding with my father past the Rialto BURGER CHEF (Foothill Boulevard, where the Mad Men episode was filmed). Alas, I never had the opportunity to sample their food.

  • John Plessel

    The only other Inland Empire Burger Chef I remember was on Highland Avenue in San Bernardino, between Sterling and Del Rosa avenues.

    It closed in the early ’70s and did a pretty decent business when it was resurrected in the ’80s as Angelo’s Drive-In.

    It was eventually razed to make way for a self-storage place.

    Ah, progress!

  • JMac

    John, as long as you consider Pomona as part of the IE, there was a Burger Chef on the corner of Garey and Artesia well into the 70’s. It then became another Taylor Maid donut shop and eventually morphed into what it is today, a Chinese-fried chicken-donut shop.

    • davidallen909

      I’ve been told, too, that what’s now Samo’s Burgers on South Garey in Pomona used to be a Burger Chef. There may have been more Burger Chefs — it’s hard to believe Ontario didn’t have one.

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