Tommy’s Joynt is easily my favorite restaurant in SF. It’s all you need rolled into one. It’s quirky yet genuine, established, and serves some of the best food around. Its claim to fame is after 70 years, it continues to feed over 700 patrons a day. Once you go you’ll understand why. The menu includes everything from hot dogs to lasagna with housemade cake for dessert. The Joynt is truly SF, with absolutely no cohesive design aesthetic that somehow creates one of its own. The shelves and walls are a museum in themselves that take you back into SF’s colorful past. It caters to virtually everyone from construction workers to late-night crowds looking for a bite after a night out.
If someone asked me to name one restaurant to go to in the city, my answer would be Tommy’s Joynt without hesitation. As a student across the Bay in Berkeley, I enjoy taking out-of-town friends to various SF spots. Tommy’s Joynt is a consistent hit. As I mentioned before, it caters to everyone and every occasion, making it an ideal spot for a quick lunch bite, a leisurely dinner, or a late-night run. Parking in the area can be tough but the restaurant is easily accessible by bus along Van Ness.