My favorite media hangouts in the city are all legendary places; some a bit classy than others, and a few you might consider surprises.
*Tadich Grill has been around for over a hundred years--the food is great, we all know that, but what I love the most is the consistent experience of the place; the bread is always fresh and the butter is always nice, the waiters in their white uniforms with the old-fashioned food order checklist. Tadich also has a knack for giving you a great meal every time in and out and fast. Herb Caen used to love the private booth, but I still like the front counter.
*John's Grill: Always a winner in my book. Old-fashioned and a SF staple. This is where the Chron's entertainment and singles writer, Gerry Nachman, interviewed me. Like Tadich, the place is quintessential SF with great food and vibe, a certifiable throwback, located across the street from where the old Emporium used to be located. Best sand dabs in America and yes, again, classy waiters. No wonder it has Bogey edge.
*Tommy's Joynt: I joke always about Tommy's Joynt but it's still a hit. Hoffbrau food is my favorite but it has to be good. The old Hoffbrau in Oakland on Broadway was #1, at least until I devoured Tommy's. It's across the street from the KRON building. I've heard numerous stories. But I'll concentrate on the food: I like the hot turkey sandwich and the brisket is to die for. I'm not a beer guy but they have about 50,000 choices and the prices of both of the food and booze are reasonable.
What places do you like?
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