Oh, the days of Hippo Burger on Van Ness! Poor Van Ness that tuxedoed millionaire turned gamin (one of my favorite words from a Ramones song). Hippo was where a hippie friend ordered Welsh rarebit. Of course, I have had more than my share of bangers and mash lately, something I thought I would never eat. It is proper to purchase good bangers, use real potatoes for your mash (topped with green onions) and add Guinness and yellow onions to the gravy. Cook the heck out of the bangers, they should be blackened with the skin almost falling off. A friend of mine who says he does not like "encased meats" has never had bangers.
The Hippo? She was drawn by Wolo. Van Ness still has the grand auto showrooms designed by Pfleuger , Maybeck, Rem Koolhaus, and Julia Morgan. Most of them are now multiplexes.