A tasty bite of local history


The Mountain View Historical Society celebrated its 60th anniversary on Sunday with help from the city's most historic hamburger, the "Parisian burger," which once drew crowds to Linda's Drive In on El Camino Real.

The beloved burger's special sauce and sourdough bun were recreated as accurately as possible for the event, so all 100 or so attendees could have one.

"It's just amazing that people remember it so well," said Rebecca Riggs, who ran Linda's Drive In with her husband Dean Riggs from 1956 to 1985.

Organizers said the sold-out event was a success thanks to the weather and the Parisian burgers. Highlights included a city proclamation for city historian Barbara Kinchen and a slide show of lost city landmarks by local historian Nick Perry.


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Posted by MVHA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 13, 2014 at 4:49 pm

We had a great time - thanks to all who joined us, especially the Riggs family! If you want to learn more about the Mountain View Historical Association and our upcoming public events check us out at and

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Posted by Deb Riffin
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I worked for Dean and Becky Riggs when I was a teen. It was my first job and I was just 15 years old when Dean hired me. I learned so much from my two years at Linda's Drive In. I started making drinks and bagging tator tots and soon was on the register (where we had to calculate tax in our heads!!!!) because the registers were the old kind! I progressed to grill and to making the Parisian burgers and all the other kinds of yummy treats. I even made the secret Parisian sauce using huge plastic garbage cans and large wooden paddles! Thank you Becky Riggs and in-memoriam Dean Riggs for the great opportunity to work and learn. I have never forgotten my time at Linda's. Sincerely and fondly....Deb Riffin

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