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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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Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen

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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.

Arizmendi Bakery

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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.

Bergerac

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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.

Bluestem Brasserie

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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.

Boxing Room

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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.

Brenda's French Soul Food

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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.

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

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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.

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).

Elite Cafe

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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.

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.

Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar

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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.

Just For You

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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.

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.

SoMa StrEat Food Park

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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.

The Ice Cream Bar

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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.

The New Parish

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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.

Town Hall

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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.

Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen

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.

Arizmendi Bakery

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.

Bergerac

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.

Bluestem Brasserie

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.

Boxing Room

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.

Brenda's French Soul Food

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.

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

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.

Desco

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).

Elite Cafe

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.

Fillmore Plaza

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.

Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar

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.

Just For You

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.

Picán

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.

SoMa StrEat Food Park

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.

The Ice Cream Bar

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.

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The New Parish

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.

Town Hall

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.

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