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Dining, Eat Debbie Ward: S.F.'s Queen of Corned Beef

Debbie Ward: S.F.'s Queen of Corned Beef

There have been too many a long and drunken night where we've floundered into hofbraus like Lefty O'Doul's with just enough singles to get a corned beef sandwich to smooth out the inevitable rocky morning after, with no idea of…
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News, Sucka Free City To the Rescue!: When Good Samaritanism Goes Awry

To the Rescue!: When Good Samaritanism Goes Awry

Splash! A man just jumped off the Lefty O'Doul Bridge. It was the kind of sunny April afternoon that brought nine-to-fivers along the waterfront beside AT&T Park for lunch, and they all saw it. Casey Shafer certainly saw it. "Holy…
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News, The Snitch Fired Santa John Toomey Takes Lefty O'Doul's Gig -- Doubles Salary

Fired Santa John Toomey Takes Lefty O'Doul's Gig -- Doubles Salary

"Santa John" Toomey, the 20-year Macy's Kris Kringle who found himself unemployed over the weekend due to an off-color jest, is now the world's most famous bar Santa. No joke. Toomey, 68, has accepted the job he yesterday told SF…
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News, The Snitch Fired Santa John Toomey Says Lefty O'Doul's Bar Will Double His Salary

Fired Santa John Toomey Says Lefty O'Doul's Bar Will Double His Salary

"Santa John" Toomey, the red-suited local fixture on his way to making national headlines for being canned by Macy's due to a naughty joke, may end up having a very merry Christmas after all. He tells SF Weekly that local…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Hanging with drunk folks on the 38 Geary

Bouncer: Hanging with drunk folks on the 38 Geary

Last week I finally figured out why people like to watch baseball. They like the slow pace of it. They like the players. They like the ritual. I got drawn in, and no one was more surprised than me. I…
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News, The Snitch Lefty O'Doul's Schedules Giants Celebration For Tomorrow. Jinx? Don't Bet On It.

Lefty O'Doul's Schedules Giants Celebration For Tomorrow. Jinx? Don't Bet On It.

One thing we like about Giants fans -- in addition to their prime physical condition -- is their reckless abandon when it comes to superstition. No worrying about curses here in San Francisco, especially not if you're Lefty O'Doul's.The Union…
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News, The Snitch Abductor of Lefty O'Doul's Arm to Return to Scene of Crime Tonight

Abductor of Lefty O'Doul's Arm to Return to Scene of Crime Tonight

This just in: Apparently the Midwestern roustabout who ripped the arm off renowned San Francisco bar mascot Lefty O'Doul some three years ago is returning to the scene of his original act of mutilation tonight -- for a party.Don't worry,…
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News, The Snitch Lefty O'Doul's Arm To Be Reattached Today

Lefty O'Doul's Arm To Be Reattached Today

The combination of sports, drunkenness, a piano bar, and a mannequin was apparently too much for several bar patrons at Lefty O'Doul's three years back. They wrenched off Lefty's lefty, and scampered off into the San Francisco night. The Chronicle's…
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Best Way- Back Machine

Travel back in time to the San Francisco of a century ago (without any help from Peabody and Sherman) at this fun, gadget-filled annex of the Cliff House. Drop a quarter or a dime (or even a penny) into one…
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Best Free Film Acting Class

With Sundance and Cannes award-winning film director Rob Nilsson as your thespian guru, how can you lose, especially when no cash is required for enrollment? Would-be film starlets and aspiring stage stars alike can perfect their Method acting skills in…
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Slap Shots

The Elderly Problem All sorts of issues for the argumentative portions of our cerebrums are roaming about the old fish town these days. Take your pick: bicycle activists, full-plumage society weddings, an art foot that will cost half a million…
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