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Italian restaurant in North Beach in the early 80's [San Francisco]

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I used to go this North Beach restaurant all the time. It was on Columbus Ave-same side of street as Gold Spike It had red booths on the right when you entered and seating on the left where you could sit on stools and watch the cooking and sauteing. We had a great Yugoslavian waiter; the food was excellent and very reasonable. Does anyone remember its name?

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  1. Little Joe's after they expanded to add Baby Joe's?

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Nope. It wasn't little Joe's. It was very big and like I said had nice booths and stools on the left showing the kitchen cooks.

    2. U.S. Restaurant in the triangular location?

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      1. re: GH1618

        Sounds like US Restaurant.

        They were near Golden Spike before the first move.

        http://liboriogangi.tripod.com/usrest...

        1. re: sugartoof

          US Restaurant only moved once. Before the mid-1990s they were in the space now occupied by Panta Rei, further from the Gold Spike than is their current location.

      2. You're not thinking of Cafe Americain, which turned into the Stinking Rose?

        1. I did a scan of the 1982 R. L. Polk City Directory (the latest available at sfgenealogy.com) for restaurants on Columbus Avenue. Here are all the ones I picked up between Broadway and Union Streets. The odd numbers would be on the same side of the street as Gold Spike.

          308 Tony's
          309 Edna's Fish and Chips
          314 Taj Mahal
          317 Cafe Americain
          321 Baby Joe's
          325 Little Joe's
          347 Guido's
          353 Luigi's
          362 Cafe Europa
          366 Original South Philly Cheesesteak
          411 Caffe Puccini
          414 Caffe Roma
          430 Dante's
          431 US Restaurant
          500 Curly's Coffee Shop
          501 JB's Hamburgers
          515 Anchor Cafe
          519 A Slice of Life Pizza
          527 Gold Spike

          Here's a link to the 1982 directory. Restaurant listings begin on p. 189

          http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sanfrancis...