Thursday, September 12, 2013
Lefty O'Doul's is a San Francisco landmark! Located downtown on Geary street, it offers "the best deal on the Square", Union Square that is. Its original owner, Lefty O'Doul, was one of the most successful American Major League baseball players of all time with the highest batting average of any National League player. After the Second World War, O'Doul was instrumental in establishing professional baseball in Japan.
A San Francisco native, O'Doul opened his restaurant in 1958 so that his family, friends, and fans could have a place to hang out and eat a good old fashioned meal. His friends included other star baseball players, like Babe Ruth and Joe Di Maggio - these pals and many other sports stars, celebrities, entertainers, and famous leaders visited the restaurant over the years. The walls are crowded with baseball memorabilia, rare photos and historic articles.
The menu includes "hearty all American food" with traditional favorities such as prime rib, cabbage rolls, roast turkey with all the trimmings, corned beef and cabbage, spaghetti, and macaroni and cheese, to name but a few. Breakfast is a popular time as is the dinner hour which features a piano bar. Dishes are piled high with enormous helpings, and the beer menu is extensive and international.
There is nothing pretentious about Lefty O'Doul's Restaurant. Although the food is mediocre, the atmosphere is down to earth, the staff are friendly, and the memorabilia is fascinating. This place will always be popular with families, baseball fans, locals, and tourists who want to experience a piece of San Francisco's colorful past. A big thank you to John, the manager, for sharing some entertaining anecdotes with us about Lefty O'Doul.
Mon-Sun 7:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.