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Your favorite thing at Tommy's Joynt? [San Francisco]

I searched the rest of the board and found only general recs for Tommy's. I feel like I always order the "same thing" and sometimes the "wrong thing." (As in, always forget if it's the BBQ beef or the brisquit or the roast beef that comes out too dry...)

Would love to expand my horizons and hear some of the hounds' favorites here.

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  1. Oxtail and the Lamb Shank have been Tommy's standards for a long time. Also, the corned beef is very down home.

    1. Turkey or turkey leg dinner. Lamb shank and buffalo stew on ocassion.

      1. I like the pastrami sandwich -- with just mustard -- on french roll (they don't have good rye bread.)

        1. Beer and bean soup. It sounds bizarre, but is really quite delicious.

          I feel like everything at Tommy's is fine. It's beer food, it's meaty, it's fatty, it's greasy. No one dish stands out as better or worse than the others. It just depends what I'm in the mood for.

          1. The endless supply of pickles! I'm not a huge fan of the chili but tend to go for the special of the day or a pastrama sandwich. The BF always gets knockwurst and loves the fact that they have Chimay on tap. Great beer list!

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            1. re: Carrie 218

              Cheap beer, that nose-clearing mustard on the tables, the jug of pickles & pastrami sandwiches.

            2. I went with the braised beef ribs. Which were fantastic. We walked in and there they were, in a meaty glistening pile of meaty meatness! Served with mashers and gravy. I loaded them up with some horseradish sauce. They really hit the spot... And, dinner for two for $20 can't be beat! (I also got a green salad, he a tomato salad.)

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              1. re: Chowsmurf

                Heading there tonight before catching a flic across the street. Any other tips on Tommys?

                1. re: mofo313

                  Uh, you might pick a "light flick" to see as the meal from Tommy's will probably be heavy in a good wintery way. A co-worker friend long ago once described this phenomenon as "a no heavy sauces film", i.e., a heavy meal before will put you to sleep in a dark room and a ponderous film..

                  1. re: ML8000

                    I had the turkey plate w/ mashed potatoes during my lunch break from work, and an hour later I was ready for a LONG nap.

                  2. re: mofo313

                    Check out the specials. Last time I was there I had oxtail stew, which was reasonably good.

                2. I love the stuffing. Might not fit all tastes as it can be a bit gooey. I always pair it with the pastrami sandwich.

                  1. Better sandwiches, fresher rolls, tastier beef jus at Lefty O'Doul's across form the St Francis Hotel. I wouldn't waste a SF meal at Tommies. Dry turkey, dry beef. The only thing to like is the price. Always a disappointng beef and beer "joynt" although it has many local admirers.

                    1. Waiting in line with a cocktail . I enjoyed the pastrami sandwich and the potato salad .

                      1. Dark meat turkey sandwich. It's hard to find real turkey, and when you do it's usually turkey breast. For those of us who prefer the dark stuff, Tommy's is the joint, IMO. The cole slaw is pretty good, too. I've had their ham and liked it, but I don't eat beef so I can't comment on the rest.

                        1. My favorite food item is the sloppy joe.
                          Second favorite would be the turkey sandwich
                          Other reason I love Tommy's is the international beer list. Really interesting selection