Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
Ok this is the official word:
I will be in SF on the 19th, 20th, and 21st, then head down to Monterey to see my shark at the Aquarium and Mnemonic at DLI. Then hang out wherever while staying in Monterey the 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 26th. Fly home the 27th.
Oh, and I hate to break it to you guys, but without a job, I will be fiscally unable to visit any um... dancing theaters...
advises us that in matters of opinion, there can be no dispute.
-nominated SmokeHouse is a “picnic benches” kind of indoor-outdoor place all the way over in Berkeley and just a little too much on the greasy side for some MTM and bespoke people. It is, however, a perennial RTW student favorite and priced according to RTW student budgets. I haven’t had a SmokeHouse hamburger since around 1968 or so.
As for “best”, both iammatt
have weighed-in with that word. There are three quite distinct hamburgers and atmospheres amongst Mo’s, SmokeHouse, and Original Joe’s. Maybe you should try all three since you are there for three days!
If I were to remark on the BEST hamburger in San Francisco, well . . . the best I ever had was done-up for me at the old Grison’s out on Van Ness in the vicinity of Pacific Heights. Grison’s is long gone and some so-called steak and prime rib joint is operating there.
Speaking of joints . . . I am irresistibly drawn to Tommy’s Joynt on Van Ness Ave. at Geary Blvd. Some people deride it as a tourist place. Forget that! More San Franciscan’s eat there than tourists. The place has been operating on the same spot for more than a hundred years. It’s a dark and filled with memorabilia, beer, and lots more patina than any one of sysdoc
’s John Lobb shoes.
Tommy’s Joynt is an inexpensive Bavarian Hof Brau style place. Grab a tray and walk the hot table line while telling the cook what sandwich or cuts of roasted turkey, ham, beef, corned beef, turkey legs, brisket and so forth you want with your potatoes, gravy, salad, bread, vegetables, and dessert. They pile too much of everything onto your plates. Find a seat either at the bar or one of the tables and order some beer from your waitress. Their huge selection of draft and bottled beer is impressive by almost anyone’s standards. It’s nearly impossible to eat in silence. Someone will start-up a conversation with you.
Were I to be alone in San Francisco for Christmas dinner, I think I would head to Tommy’s Joynt rather than one of the China Town eateries. Tommy’s Joynt is certainly more convivial than anything I know of in China Town.
If not Tommy’s Joynt or China Town, there is always Christmas dinner at Glide Memorial Methodist church since you are not going to visit the nearby Mitchell Brothers' dancing theater that I’ve never heard of!
Have a fun and safe trip!!