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.
San Francisco› Restaurant
601 Union Street (at Stockton St)
Our Rating Neighborhood North Beach/Telegraph Hill Hours Mon–Fri 11:30am–10pm, Sat–Sun 10am–10pm Transportation Bus: 30, 41, or 45 Phone 415/775-4877 Prices Main courses $11–$44 Cuisine Type Italian Web site Original Joe’s
Map601 Union Street San Francisco
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