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Tommy's Joynt: A User’s Guide
- Soup: buffalo stew
- Sandwich: house-roasted turkey on a sourdough roll
- Side: hickory baked beans
- Dessert: apple pie
The History: Tommy Harris, a local radio personality, opened up Tommy's Joynt along with members of the Veprin and Pollack families in 1947. Those same families still own the place, and many of their staffers have been working here for more than 20 years.
The Vibe: Frommer’s sums up the decor perfectly, saying the restaurant looks like “a Buffalo Bill museum that imploded.” Old stained-glass lights hang from the ceiling, and the walls brim with antique firearms and taxidermy.
Press and Praise
- SF Weekly named it the Best Place to Drink Around the Globe in 2010.
- Guy Fieri profiled the restaurant on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
While You’re Waiting: Watch the deli counter, where the staff puts on quite a show. They slice their house-cooked meats—including whole turkeys—fresh with every order.
- Bring cash. They don’t accept credit cards.
- Know what you want. The staff likes things to move fast, and they prefer that customers order quickly once they get to the counter.
- Don’t order lettuce on your sandwich. The food here is meant to showcase meat in its simplest form.
Hofbrau: German term for a casual, cafeteria-style restaurant or tavern
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Explore the collection of surrealist and abstract art installations at Shooting Gallery (886 Geary Street).
After: Give an old piece of jewelry a new life at Mureta’s Antiques (2418 Fillmore Street).