Memorial Day is this upcoming Monday, and even if the concept of a holiday weekend feels hazy at the moment, hey, it’s still a great day to eat sausages. There are lots of ways to kick it, from burgers and dogs to cold beers and summery pies. First up, the essentials.
Barbecue Joints Still Open Takeout Around the Bay Area is right this way, for everyone who would prefer to let the pitmasters do the work, and just want to heat and eat.
The Essential Butcher Shops in San Francisco is packed with meaty options, for those shopping for burgers, sausages, and chicken to toss on the grill.
Where to Get Beer for Takeout and Delivery in San Francisco is a list of local breweries that are still open, and selling cans, bottles, growlers, and crowlers to throw in a cooler.
But also! Lots of restaurants are serving up white hot specials this holiday weekend, including barbecue boxes, grilling kits, and other creative options. Here are a few highlights:
Burgers from Balboa Cafe
The wonderful old San Francisco spot is boxing up nostalgia. The full menu is available for takeout or delivery, but in particular, the burgers are kind of a big deal. The burger kit for two comes with two patties, in their signature oval shape, pickled onions, pickles, and Jane baguette ($25).
Sausages from Rosamunde
The Mission’s sausage authority covers all needs. In addition to the usual menu, fans can stock up on more than a dozen different varieties of uncooked sausages ($3 each), to toss on the grill, or go for the family pack for four ($26), which throws in buns, kraut, German potato salad, and sauces.
Tandoori chicken from August (1) Five
The upscale Indian restaurant on Van Ness is firing up the tandoori options, with a couple of specials for the weekend: sets of skewers of chicken, shrimp, paneer, or potato ($9 per order), or a whole tandoori chicken, which sounds like a glorious Sunday roast with a smokey twist ($50).
Steaks from Izzy’s
The old-school steakhouse is taking the indulgence up another level, offering steak kits with a few different cuts. The “filet for four” includes filet mignon, Cajun butter, Caesar salads, and a choice of side dishes, such as creamed spinach and roasted potatoes ($100).
All the classics from Wayfare Tavern
Wayfare Tavern is going big, and boxing up burgers and dogs and chicken. The backyard barbecue kit feeds up to 10 people, and comes with brioche buns, mac and cheese, corn, broccoli, and never least, donuts ($250).
Oysters from the Riddler
At the less meaty end of the pool, summer also means seafood. The Riddler recently reopened for takeout, and this weekend, the wine bar has got rosé boxes and oysters by the dozen. (There are also Miller ponies, for anyone who prefers the Champagne of beers.)