Yep, it’s that time of year again where beads will be flying, hurricanes will be consumed and great southern food will be served up all across San Francisco. Here’s a primer for some spots running specials for Fat Tuesday.
Town Hall: Town Hall does it up big every year for Mardi Gras. Dubbing it “a nonstop evening of food, drink and live music,” the festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Among the menu items: Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Etouffee, Gumbo, Oysters, BBQ Shrimp and plenty to drink. Plenty of entertainment as well. Early bird tickets are $60 plus tax, $75 at the door. Town Hall is located at 342 Howard Street.
Boxing Room: Louisiana born chef Justin Simoneaux is offering up his normal southern cuisine with a few added touches for Fat Tuesday. Added to the normal menu will be his signature Duck and Sausage Jambalaya, Gulf Oysters on the half shell, Abita’s Mardi Gras Bock on tap and a special King Cake from pastry chef Bill Corbett. Aaron Leese and The Panhandlers, a San Francisco based New Orleans-style jazz and blues band, will be also be playing live from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Boxing Room is located at 399 Grove Street.
Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore: The third annual event will be a huge, neighborhood-wide Mardi Gras celebration on Fillmore Street from Geary to Eddy. It will include plenty of live music and other entertainment. Many of the restaurants in the area will also be participating by offering specials (Participating venues: 1300 at Fillmore, Rasselas Jazz Club, Sheba’s Piano Lounge, Yoshi’s, Gussies Chicken and Waffles, Fat Angel Food & Libations, Bruno’s Pizzeria, The Social Study). The festivities run from 5-midnight.
Easy Creole Pop-Up at The Residence: The less than year-old pop-up is ending a week of celebrating Mardi Gras with a masquerade bash at The Residence. Expect plenty of southern classics (gumbo, etouffee and possibly Bourbon Street Red, which is slow simmered red beans, andouille and smoke sausages cooked with Bulleit Bourbon). All food is under $10 and happy hour drinks from 5-8 p.m. include $3 wells and $1 off beer. The Residence is located at 718 14th Street.
Farmerbrown: For $25, the restaurant is offering a Fat Tuesday special with your choice of Seafood Jambalaya, a Bowl of Gumbo or its Famous Fried Chicken. The meal also includes a House Made Slurricaine and a piece of King Cake. Farmerbrown is located at 25 Mason Street.
These are just a handful of restaurants that are celebrating Fat Tuesday in San Francisco. While it may not be Bourbon Street, there are plenty of parties to be had in San Francisco!
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