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Where to Eat and Drink For Mardi Gras

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Fat Tuesday is nearly upon us, and it's time to laissez les bon temps rouler. Restaurants and bars across SF and the East Bay are rolling out special promotions to celebrate Mardi Gras, from classic dishes like gumbo and jambalaya to sparkly king cakes (good luck finding the baby!) We've rounded up 12 spots where you can go to town NOLA-style on oysters, Abita, and even fried alligator, before Lent rears its fun-hating head and shuts down the party.


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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 live music in the plaza from 5-7 pm.

2. Brenda's French Soul Food

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652 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 345-8100
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Brenda's is normally dark on Tuesdays, but they'll be open for Mardi Gras until 9 pm, with king-cake beignets, BBQ shrimp, and a live gypsy jazz band. Sister cafe Libby Jane will also have mini king cakes to go all this week.

3. Boxing Room

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399 Grove
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 430-6590
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On the menu at Boxing Room for the big night: roasted suckling pig, crawfish etouffee, and Abita Mardi Gras Bock. Beads, masks, and a live band will all be part of the celebration. Everything's a la carte, though reservations are recommended; the party runs from 5-11 pm.

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 ($20) from Friday-Monday, which are baked fresh daily 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 second line parade starts at 5 pm, followed by music from Wil Blades and two brass bands.

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 music. For $75, you can eat and drink your fill of fried chicken, jambalaya, gumbo, oysters, Abita beer, and Hurricanes.

7. Make-Out Room

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3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 647-2888
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The Mission Merchants are holding a Mardi Gras bar crawl between the Make-Out Room, Casanova, and the Latin American Club, with masks, beads, samba dancers, and drink specials. More info.

8. 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, king cake, and T-shirts.

9. Bistro Boudin

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160 Jefferson St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 928-1849
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Come Fat Tuesday, look out for Bistro Boudin chef Misael Reyes’ offering of cinnamon sugar dusted sourdough beignets with vanilla gelato and berries, paired with a classic Hurricane cocktail.

10. 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. On the big day, they'll have hurricanes and specials like fried alligator and shrimp & grits.

11. Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar

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1915 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 788-6217
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Extend Fat Tuesday into Phat Monday at Hopscotch, which is launching its Monday hours that day. Gumbo, shrimp po'boys, and boudin balls are available at lunch and dinner, and the bar will mix up Vieux Carrés and Sazeracs.

12. 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 drink specials, pralines, crawfish etouffee, and a take on king cake.

13. 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 Sharon Lee of The Spot Catering (who formerly cooked under John Besh at NOLA's Restaurant August).

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 live music in the plaza from 5-7 pm.

2. Brenda's French Soul Food

652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Brenda's is normally dark on Tuesdays, but they'll be open for Mardi Gras until 9 pm, with king-cake beignets, BBQ shrimp, and a live gypsy jazz band. Sister cafe Libby Jane will also have mini king cakes to go all this week.
652 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102

3. Boxing Room

399 Grove, San Francisco, CA 94102
On the menu at Boxing Room for the big night: roasted suckling pig, crawfish etouffee, and Abita Mardi Gras Bock. Beads, masks, and a live band will all be part of the celebration. Everything's a la carte, though reservations are recommended; the party runs from 5-11 pm.
399 Grove
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Arizmendi Bakery

1331 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
All the Arizmendi locations are offering king cakes ($20) from Friday-Monday, which are baked fresh daily 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 second line parade starts at 5 pm, followed by music from Wil Blades and two brass bands.
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 music. For $75, you can eat and drink your fill of fried chicken, jambalaya, gumbo, oysters, Abita beer, and Hurricanes.
342 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94105

7. Make-Out Room

3225 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110
The Mission Merchants are holding a Mardi Gras bar crawl between the Make-Out Room, Casanova, and the Latin American Club, with masks, beads, samba dancers, and drink specials. More info.
3225 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. 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, king cake, and T-shirts.
732 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

9. Bistro Boudin

160 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Come Fat Tuesday, look out for Bistro Boudin chef Misael Reyes’ offering of cinnamon sugar dusted sourdough beignets with vanilla gelato and berries, paired with a classic Hurricane cocktail.
160 Jefferson St
San Francisco, CA 94133

10. 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. On the big day, they'll have hurricanes and specials like fried alligator and shrimp & grits.
2261 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

11. Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar

1915 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
Extend Fat Tuesday into Phat Monday at Hopscotch, which is launching its Monday hours that day. Gumbo, shrimp po'boys, and boudin balls are available at lunch and dinner, and the bar will mix up Vieux Carrés and Sazeracs.
1915 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

12. Picán

2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Picán's bar will be partying it up for Mardi Gras, with drink specials, pralines, crawfish etouffee, and a take on king cake.
2295 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

13. 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 Sharon Lee of The Spot Catering (who formerly cooked under John Besh at NOLA's Restaurant August).
579 18th St
Oakland, CA 94612

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