In 1977 Don Herron began leading The Dashiell Hammett Tour, now the longest-running literary tour in the nation. On this site you’ll find information on current walks — dates, where to meet, arranging tours by appointment — plus a hard-boiled blog with news, reviews of books and film, and a dash of noir.
The latest and greatest edition to self-guide you up and down the mean streets.
Willeford: The Book
Includes the first “Mr. Hunt” story, “Knives in the Dark.”
Tag Archives: John’s Grill
Tour: Just Over Twenty Years Ago. . .
Our pal Mike Humbert sent a couple of images winging around the net, with the info line: “Two pics from me taking the Dashiell Hammett tour for the first time, October 27, 2002.” Twenty years ago and change. Image at … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, Tour Tagged 891 Post, Bill Arney, Ellis Street, John's Grill, Mike Humbert
Mort: William F. Nolan
A few days after the fact, word drifted in that William F. Nolan died, age 93, on July 15. I scanned some of the obits, all rightly selecting the science fiction novel Logan’s Run as the book of all his … Continue reading
Frisco Beat: Daniel Woodrell, Resident
Terry Zobeck just happened across an article on Hammett and a couple of New Guy writers (new compared to Hammett, at least) in which they eat in John’s Grill, visit Burritt alley — the things one does in Frisco. For … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, Frisco, Lit Tagged Daniel Woodrell, JLaw, John's Grill, Terry Zobeck
Frisco Beat: Working the Hammett Hangout in the Days of Coronavirus
A.k.a. not working. Just heard a GoFundMe page is up for the employees of John’s Grill, 63 Ellis Street, where Sam Spade grabs a meal in The Maltese Falcon. Tide them over until those noir doors open again.
Posted in Dash, Frisco Tagged John's Grill
Frisco Beat: Feel the Bern
Generally speaking, I wouldn’t bother with politics on the blog — mostly because I’m not in the grip of one of the prevailing derangement delusions. Hammett was a communist. (Or, technically, a rich communist, which makes the whole commie thing … Continue reading
Posted in Frisco, News Tagged Bernie Sanders, John Konstin, John's Grill, Nancy Pelosi, TCM Backlot, Willie Brown
Mort: Gus Konstin
And Brian Wallace just popped me the sad news from the San Francisco Chronicle that Gus Konstin — owner of John’s Grill — has died. Under Gus’s tenure, the grill set up the various tributes to Hammett, in celebration of … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Frisco, News Tagged Blackjack Jerome, Brian Wallace, Fondas Ladis, Gus Konstin, John's Grill, San Francisco Chronicle
Tour: Four Sunday Walks
Shot above: a tour of yesteryear looking at the awning signage on John’s Grill in Ellis Street. Okay, now that the rainy season has swept past the Mean Streets, how about a round of walks where anyone can show up … Continue reading
Posted in Tour Tagged Ellis Street, John's Grill
Hammett: Hey-Ya, Hey-Ya, Who’s Got a Black Boid?
Nathan Ward just sent along a link to an article in Vanity Fair on the subject of falcon statues — from the 1941 Bogie flick or the George Segal The Black Bird or anywhere else you might grab a falcon … Continue reading
Posted in Dash, Film, News Tagged Accessories to Murder, Black Dahlia murder, Bogie, George Segal, John's Grill, Maltese Falcon statue, Nathan Ward, Vanity Fair
Tombstone: Blackjack Jerome — or, What I Did on Hammett’s 121st Birthday
Earlier this year Fondas Ladis from Greece was in the burg, researching a biography of John “Blackjack” Jerome. Blackjack was a Greek, who among other activities became famous as a strikebreaker, in San Francisco and around the country. Tradition has … Continue reading
Tour: Sunday July 26 and Sunday August 9
Next walks where anyone with $20 in hand and about four hours to wander the mean streets will be on Sunday July 26 and Sunday August 9. If interested, just show up by noon near the “L” sculpture, ready to … Continue reading
Posted in Tour Tagged Ellis Street, James Flood Building, John's Grill