1101 Geary Blvd @ Van Ness Ave
Cafeteria Style, American
Tommy's Joynt has a well-deserved cult status. It's
an old-timer cafeteria-style you-can-eat-well-for-cheap kinda
place. Feels like a bar, but the food puts it in a class all
There are two large floors with a big bar and wooden tables
in a dark cabin-in-the-woods type of atmosphere.
They've got it all. Huge sandwiches, stews, daily platters,
spaghetti, rice, bratwurst and veggies. Then there's the
honest to god buffalo meat. They also offer over 100 beers.
It's tricky not to go psychosomatic here. The food was probably
pretty good, but I felt kind of weird eating slabs of fresh
cut meat in a bar. Since I was there about two years ago, I'm
going to have to give an "I don't remember" status
on this one.
I can't say anyone there was happy to see me. Both the cafeteria
line chef and the bartender seemed a little put out by all the
customers, but I suppose that's part of the cult-status charm.
Reservations: Not accepted.
An experience truly unique in SF.
Reviewed : Oct 2003