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Where to Eat, Drink and Get Funky for Mardi Gras

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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It's carnival season all over the world, and Bay Area partiers are ready to celebrate Fat Tuesday. We've rounded up 17 spots where you can laissez les bon temps rouler, with brass bands, samba dancers and way, way too many cocktails. And since Lent is right around the corner, it's a good idea to get your glutton on with all the New Orleans classics like gumbo, jambalaya, king cakes and hurricane cocktails before the party's over.

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1. Fillmore Plaza

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The entire Fillmore district is partying for Mardi Gras, with a masquerade ball at the West Bay Conference Center and food and drink specials at all the area restaurants and bars (like 1300 on Fillmore, Yoshi's, Fat Angel, and Gussie's) with a special $10 wristband. They'll have a free live blues concert in the plaza from 5-7 p.m., followed by a second line down Fillmore, ending at the West Bay Conference Center at 7 p.m.

2. Brenda's French Soul Food

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652 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 345-8100
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If you need to get your soul food fix, Brenda's will be open for lunch on Fat Tuesday until 3 pm, serving a special hurricane made with guava and pomegranate ($7 glass/$15 carafe). Sister cafe Libby Jane will also have mini king cakes to go until Fat Tuesday.

3. Boxing Room

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399 Grove
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 430-6590
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For their 3rd Annual Mardi Gras celebration Boxing Room will have boiled crawfish and king cake, in addition to their regular menu. And, since they recently acquired a liquor license, enjoy a NOLA-style cocktail like a Pimm's cup, or Ramos gin fizz. Get down to the live music of Gaucho Gypsy Jazz starting at 6 p.m. Reservations recommended.

4. Arizmendi Bakery

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1331 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 556-3117
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All the Arizmendi locations are offering king cakes for pickup on February 15, 16, and 17; they're baked fresh daily, coming out of the oven around noon. Call in advance and they'll set one aside for you.

5. Brick & Mortar Music Hall

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1710 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 371-1631
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Cajun Pacific is popping up at Brick &Mortar for Mardi Gras with favorites like fried oysters, gumbo, and jambalaya. A free second line parade starts at 5 pm at Hayes and Octavia, followed by music from Jazz Mafia, the Stanford Marching Band and Brass Band Mission, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets to the show are $10-$15.

6. Town Hall

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342 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 908-3500
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Town Hall's Mardi Gras bash is always a good time, with samba dancers, beads, live face painting, and funk music. For $80 in advance and $95 at the door, you can eat and drink your fill of crawfish, fried chicken, jambalaya, gumbo, oysters, Abita beer, and Hurricanes, with king cake for dessert. The party starts at 6 p.m.

7. Just For You

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732 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 647-3033
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Here's an excuse to eat Just For You's famed beignets every day until Mardi Gras: you'll get a ticket each time you dine there that's entered in a drawing to win a gift certificate. On the big day, they'll have a menu of New Orleans specials like boudin, jambalaya, king cake and themed T-shirts.

8. Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen

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2261 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 548-6900
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Angeline's is selling whole king cakes (available for purchase by calling a day ahead, up until the day before Mardi Gras), as well as offering them by the slice on Fat Tuesday. They'll also have fried gator with chipotle aioli, shrimp and grits and a chocolate-bacon pot du creme starting Friday, February 13 through Fat Tuesday.

9. Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar

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1915 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 788-6217
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Hopscotch is rolling out their Fat Tuesday menu from 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. with extended Happy Hour from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Chef Kyle Itani will be serving up gumbo, boudin balls, shrimp po’boys and beans with dirty rice. Snag a classic New Orleans tipple like a Sazerac, hurricane or Pimm's cup.

10. Picán

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2295 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 834-1000
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Picán's bar will be partying it up for Mardi Gras, with ample amounts of gumbo, crawfish bisque, étouffée, spicy jambalaya and Gulf shrimp and oysters. Add on some fresh, hot beignets and it's party time. Slurp up a hurricane or sazerac to really get in the carnival spirit! The party goes from 5:30 p.m. til 9:30 p.m.

11. The New Parish

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579 18th St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 444-7474
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Like its sister bar Brick & Mortar, the New Parish will be mounting a second line and hosting a food pop-up, this time from Teena Johnson of Cater to You (known for their excellent fried fish sandwiches). The party starts at 5:30 p.m. at Awaken Cafe; admission is free.

12. Bluestem Brasserie

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1 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 547-1111
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Bluestem Brasserie is celebrating the beginning of the carnival weekend on Thursday, February 12 with a special Louisiana-themed menu. They'll offer a muffaletta sandwich at lunch, followed by Creole Jambalaya with Gulf shrimp, chicken, crawfish and housemade Andouille with a slice of king cake for dessert. After Thursday, gumbo and a sazerac pairing wiill be available through Fat Tuesday on February 17.

13. Desco

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499 9th St
Oakland, CA
Old Oakland's Desco is offering a special "Carnevale da Desco" menu from February 4 through February 17. The three-course prix fixe ($36) highlights traditional Italian specialties associated with local Venetian carnivals and comes with a $10 coupon for gondola rides on Lake Merritt (not valid Valentine's Day weekend).

14. Bergerac

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316 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 255-9440
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Bergerac is throwing down for Fat Tuesday, offering drink specials on hurricanes and French 75s, plus NOLA food like chicken and andouille jambalaya, seafood gumbo, fried okra and king cakes (flown in from New Orleans). Live music, beads and masks will be on hand. The party goes from 7-11 p.m.

15. SoMa StrEat Food Park

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428 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Celebrate Mardi Gras this Sunday, February 15 at SoMa StrEat Food Park's Phat Sunday celebration. Enjoy gumbo, jumbalaya, all-you-can-eat crawfish, live jazz and beers for a good cause: all proceeds benefit the artists-in-residence program at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.

16. Elite Cafe

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2049 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 673-5483
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Elite Cafe will be celebrating Fat Tuesday with their annual Red Cross disaster-relief fundraiser, Blues, Beads and Bourbon. Enjoy live music from the Jeff Magidson Blues Band from 5-10:30pm. No cover charge for dinner guests; reservations are recommended.

17. The Ice Cream Bar

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815 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 742-4932
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King cake is on the menu at The Ice Cream Bar, which will be selling it by the slice for $5. If you get the piece with the baby, you win a $10 gift card. Also available: brandy milk punch ice cream.

1. Fillmore Plaza

San Francisco, CA
The entire Fillmore district is partying for Mardi Gras, with a masquerade ball at the West Bay Conference Center and food and drink specials at all the area restaurants and bars (like 1300 on Fillmore, Yoshi's, Fat Angel, and Gussie's) with a special $10 wristband. They'll have a free live blues concert in the plaza from 5-7 p.m., followed by a second line down Fillmore, ending at the West Bay Conference Center at 7 p.m.

2. Brenda's French Soul Food

652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
If you need to get your soul food fix, Brenda's will be open for lunch on Fat Tuesday until 3 pm, serving a special hurricane made with guava and pomegranate ($7 glass/$15 carafe). Sister cafe Libby Jane will also have mini king cakes to go until Fat Tuesday.
652 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102

3. Boxing Room

399 Grove, San Francisco, CA 94102
For their 3rd Annual Mardi Gras celebration Boxing Room will have boiled crawfish and king cake, in addition to their regular menu. And, since they recently acquired a liquor license, enjoy a NOLA-style cocktail like a Pimm's cup, or Ramos gin fizz. Get down to the live music of Gaucho Gypsy Jazz starting at 6 p.m. Reservations recommended.
399 Grove
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Arizmendi Bakery

1331 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
All the Arizmendi locations are offering king cakes for pickup on February 15, 16, and 17; they're baked fresh daily, coming out of the oven around noon. Call in advance and they'll set one aside for you.
1331 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

5. Brick & Mortar Music Hall

1710 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Cajun Pacific is popping up at Brick &Mortar for Mardi Gras with favorites like fried oysters, gumbo, and jambalaya. A free second line parade starts at 5 pm at Hayes and Octavia, followed by music from Jazz Mafia, the Stanford Marching Band and Brass Band Mission, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets to the show are $10-$15.
1710 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

6. Town Hall

342 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Town Hall's Mardi Gras bash is always a good time, with samba dancers, beads, live face painting, and funk music. For $80 in advance and $95 at the door, you can eat and drink your fill of crawfish, fried chicken, jambalaya, gumbo, oysters, Abita beer, and Hurricanes, with king cake for dessert. The party starts at 6 p.m.
342 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94105

7. Just For You

732 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Here's an excuse to eat Just For You's famed beignets every day until Mardi Gras: you'll get a ticket each time you dine there that's entered in a drawing to win a gift certificate. On the big day, they'll have a menu of New Orleans specials like boudin, jambalaya, king cake and themed T-shirts.
732 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

8. Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen

2261 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Angeline's is selling whole king cakes (available for purchase by calling a day ahead, up until the day before Mardi Gras), as well as offering them by the slice on Fat Tuesday. They'll also have fried gator with chipotle aioli, shrimp and grits and a chocolate-bacon pot du creme starting Friday, February 13 through Fat Tuesday.
2261 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

9. Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar

1915 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
Hopscotch is rolling out their Fat Tuesday menu from 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. with extended Happy Hour from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Chef Kyle Itani will be serving up gumbo, boudin balls, shrimp po’boys and beans with dirty rice. Snag a classic New Orleans tipple like a Sazerac, hurricane or Pimm's cup.
1915 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

10. Picán

2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Picán's bar will be partying it up for Mardi Gras, with ample amounts of gumbo, crawfish bisque, étouffée, spicy jambalaya and Gulf shrimp and oysters. Add on some fresh, hot beignets and it's party time. Slurp up a hurricane or sazerac to really get in the carnival spirit! The party goes from 5:30 p.m. til 9:30 p.m.
2295 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

11. The New Parish

579 18th St, Oakland, CA 94612
Like its sister bar Brick & Mortar, the New Parish will be mounting a second line and hosting a food pop-up, this time from Teena Johnson of Cater to You (known for their excellent fried fish sandwiches). The party starts at 5:30 p.m. at Awaken Cafe; admission is free.
579 18th St
Oakland, CA 94612

12. Bluestem Brasserie

1 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103
Bluestem Brasserie is celebrating the beginning of the carnival weekend on Thursday, February 12 with a special Louisiana-themed menu. They'll offer a muffaletta sandwich at lunch, followed by Creole Jambalaya with Gulf shrimp, chicken, crawfish and housemade Andouille with a slice of king cake for dessert. After Thursday, gumbo and a sazerac pairing wiill be available through Fat Tuesday on February 17.
1 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103

13. Desco

499 9th St, Oakland, CA
Old Oakland's Desco is offering a special "Carnevale da Desco" menu from February 4 through February 17. The three-course prix fixe ($36) highlights traditional Italian specialties associated with local Venetian carnivals and comes with a $10 coupon for gondola rides on Lake Merritt (not valid Valentine's Day weekend).
499 9th St
Oakland, CA

14. Bergerac

316 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Bergerac is throwing down for Fat Tuesday, offering drink specials on hurricanes and French 75s, plus NOLA food like chicken and andouille jambalaya, seafood gumbo, fried okra and king cakes (flown in from New Orleans). Live music, beads and masks will be on hand. The party goes from 7-11 p.m.
316 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

15. SoMa StrEat Food Park

428 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Celebrate Mardi Gras this Sunday, February 15 at SoMa StrEat Food Park's Phat Sunday celebration. Enjoy gumbo, jumbalaya, all-you-can-eat crawfish, live jazz and beers for a good cause: all proceeds benefit the artists-in-residence program at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.
428 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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16. Elite Cafe

2049 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Elite Cafe will be celebrating Fat Tuesday with their annual Red Cross disaster-relief fundraiser, Blues, Beads and Bourbon. Enjoy live music from the Jeff Magidson Blues Band from 5-10:30pm. No cover charge for dinner guests; reservations are recommended.
2049 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

17. The Ice Cream Bar

815 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117
King cake is on the menu at The Ice Cream Bar, which will be selling it by the slice for $5. If you get the piece with the baby, you win a $10 gift card. Also available: brandy milk punch ice cream.
815 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117

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