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Tommy’s Joynt

Tommy's Joynt

I never thought I’d see the day a Tommy’s Joynt open-faced roast beef sandwich would rate as the worst in town. The beef at Tommy’s has always been, as my dad used to say, “tough but tasty;” however, on a recent visit it was so chewy that the sandwich was nearly inedible. I asked the carver to slice mine thinly, but he completely ignored me and sliced it the traditional medium-thick in a robot-like fashion. The roast turkey sandwich is still a winner, as are the corned beef and pastrami. I prefer my sandwich open-faced (on white bread with mashed potatoes and gravy), but you can also get it deli-style on a sourdough roll. The dark interior and walls full of memorabilia bring back so many childhood memories I can almost forgive them for the leathery roast beef (but not quite).

Tip: Cash only

Not to miss: Roast turkey, pastrami, corned beef, buffalo stew, turkey leg


1101 Geary Boulevard (at Van Ness)
Monday–Sunday 10 a.m.–2 a.m.

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