This San Francisco institution claims it has served everyone from “the head politician to the head prostitute”—presumably not at the same time, though you never know. Founded by Tony Rodin in 1937, during the Great Depression, the restaurant is now run by his grandkids, John Duggan and his sister Elena, and they haven’t changed it much. The menu still features a large selection of typical Italian comfort food in generous portion sizes, and at reasonable prices in vintage surroundings. By the way, this is not quite the original “Original Joe’s”: That one was located in the Tenderloin from 1937 until it was destroyed by fire in 2007. The current Original Joe’s opened in North Beach in 2012, and their loyal clientele followed. Once you’ve had the Parmigiana here, you’ll understand why.