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. First opened after the Great Depression by Tony Rodin in 1937, 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. By the way, this is not quite the original “Original Joes.” That one was located in the Tenderloin from 1937 until it was destroyed by a fire in 2007. The current Original Joe’s reopened in North Beach in 2012, but their loyal clientele followed and once you’ve had the Parmigiana here, you’ll understand why.
- Erika Lennert