· By Herb Lester

Original Joe’s, San Francisco

Extract from Distinctively San Francisco.

There are numerous Joe’s dotted around the Bay Area, all with similar menus but no other affiliation. This is a slick but sympathetic update of the Original Joe’s, a mainstay of the seamy Tenderloin that was destroyed by fire in 2007. Now relocated in a more salubrious neighbourhood, but using elements from the previous premises, it has an old-fashioned air with deep red booths and stools, and an unfussy menu that’s the essence of Californian Italian. Cocktails are excellent, steaks even better and come served with pepperoncini. Don’t forgo ravioli on the side.

Original Joe's
601 Union Street, 94133
Mon-Fri: 11.30am-10pm; Sat-Sun: 10am-10pm