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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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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.

Brenda's French Soul Food

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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.

Boxing Room

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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.

Arizmendi Bakery

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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.

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 second line parade starts at 5 pm, followed by music from Wil Blades and two brass bands.

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

Make-Out Room

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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.

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, king cake, and T-shirts.

Bistro Boudin

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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.

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

Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar

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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.

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

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

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 live music in the plaza from 5-7 pm.

Brenda's French Soul Food

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.

Boxing Room

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.

Arizmendi Bakery

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.

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

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.

Town Hall

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.

Make-Out Room

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.

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, king cake, and T-shirts.

Bistro Boudin

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.

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

Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar

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.

Picán

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

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

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