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Original Joe's: Hitting a Homer at AT&T Park

Scanning over the Giants' pre-season press release, we saw mention of a new Original Joe's burger being served at AT&T Park that drew our ire. Why would a vaunted institution like Original Joe's lend its name to what was sure…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Explores the Naked Environs of the Condor Club

Bouncer Explores the Naked Environs of the Condor Club

I have to say that I am not an expert on S.F. strip clubs. I spend enough time in North Beach to see the dancers arriving for work, though, and they rarely look like anyone in the pictures out front.…
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Dining, Eat Summer Guide: Classic Cocktails Are Alive and Well in S.F.

Summer Guide: Classic Cocktails Are Alive and Well in S.F.

We sat in the corner bar at Victor's and drank gimlets. "They don't know how to make them here," he said. "What they call a gimlet is just some lime or lemon juice and gin with a dash of sugar…
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Dining, Eat Bottle Cap: This Eclectic Place Shouldn't Try to Fit In

Bottle Cap: This Eclectic Place Shouldn't Try to Fit In

Shaded by a row of tall cypresses and wedged between a dental practice and an all-you-can-eat sushi joint, nearly year-old Bottle Cap seemed a million miles away from the glitz and glamour going on across Washington Square at newly deemed…
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Dining, Eat Original Joe's: Take a Nostalgic Tour of S.F. Culinary History

Original Joe's: Take a Nostalgic Tour of S.F. Culinary History

Dining at a place like the newly reborn Original Joe's, if you have no memories of the restaurant's Taylor Street location, feels a little like walking into your new husband's family reunion — overwhelmed by the hugs and introductions, smiling…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Considers the Originality of Original Joe's

Bouncer Considers the Originality of Original Joe's

I don't claim to truly understand philosopher Walter Benjamin's The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, but that is not going to stop me from interpreting it how I see fit and then writing about it. You…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Tender hospitality at Jonell’s Cocktail Lounge

Bouncer: Tender hospitality at Jonell’s Cocktail Lounge

I don't know why I continue to be taken aback by the strife, crime, and misery that confront me every time I visit the Tenderloin. Still, as John Cougar said, it hurts so good. I keep going back again and…
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Culture, Encore

Also Playing

DIVAfest Cabaret: Sassy & Seductive. This short and sweet one-hour cabaret returns as part of the larger DIVAfest and is presented in the back room of the old Original Joe's Italian Restaurant down in the Tenderloin. As the title suggests,…
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Culture, Stagecap

DIVAfest Cabaret: Sassy & Seductive

This short and sweet one-hour cabaret returns as part of the larger DIVAfest and is presented in the back room of the old Original Joe's Italian Restaurant down in the Tenderloin. As the title suggests, this evening is all about…
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Dining, Eat City That Never Sleeps

City That Never Sleeps

The first time I went to Globe, it was by accident. The San Francisco Film Society screening of Match Point at the Embarcadero started half an hour later than I thought it was supposed to, and the movie was preceded…
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Culture, Stage

Happy End

The back room at Original Joe's provides a suitably speak-easy setting for Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's Happy End. Set in Chicago circa 1939, this gangster movie-style musical theater piece revolves around an unlikely romance between tough guy Bill Cracker…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Joe's Special

Like Caesar salad and chicken à la Marengo, Joe's Special was apocryphally invented when a beleaguered chef threw together whatever was left in his larder and served it to his hungry clientele. Another version has it that some Prohibition-era jazzmen…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Glimpse of Old San Francisco, Sans Tourists and Yuppies

A throwback to San Francisco of the '50s -- down to the aloof, jacket-clad male waiters -- Original Joe's maintains its tradition of no-frills Italian-American cooking smack in the middle of the Tenderloin's squalor and destitution. The décor is closer…
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Dining, Eat Here's the Beef

Here's the Beef

It is common knowledge that we Californians are the undisputed masters of the hamburger dominion. Perhaps it's our long tradition of outdoor cookery -- it's warm enough here to cook alfresco, but cool enough to preclude the indoor relief of…
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