Holiday Brunches and Crab Feasts

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Brenda’s Hangtown fry. Photo via Facebook.

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Release the Dungeness crabs! Photo via Fine & Rare’s Facebook.

A couple of fun and out-of-the-ordinary brunches for you this week: guess who’s open for brunch on Thanksgiving? ~BRENDA’S FRENCH SOUL FOOD~! They are normally closed for the holiday, but this year they had to close this Tue-Wed for maintenance, so they decided to open for Thanksgiving brunch from 8am-3pm. Their usual weekend brunch menu will be served, plus a deep-fried turkey plate lunch and pumpkin pie pancakes with gingersnap streusel.

And then on the day after Thanksgiving (I refuse to call it Black Friday), instead of battling stampeding people over flat-screen TVs, you can stay in your fat pants and head over to ~HOG & ROCKS~ for brunch. There are $1 oysters from 11am-5pm, plus new dishes like chorizo migas, biscuits and gravy, duck confit French toast, and eggs Benedict. Plus, they’re open all weekend. And they take reservations!

‘Tis the season for Dungeness crab, and ~ALAMAR KITCHEN & BAR~ in Oakland is hosting the ultimate pregame feast on Wednesday November 23rd, their Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Crab Feed, featuring all-you-can-eat chile crab, salad, grilled Firebrand bread, and vegetables. Limited menu available from regular dinner menu. $55 per person. Children ages 2-5 are $25; under 2 are free. No leftovers can be taken home. A 20 percent gratuity will be added to the final check. There’s a two-hour time limit for all parties. 5pm-9pm. Reservations are required. 100 Grand Ave. at Webster, Oakland 510-907-7555.

In SF, ~FINE & RARE~’s 3rd Annual Crab Feast is happening Saturday December 3rd. For $75, you’ll get unlimited steamed Dungeness crab, seasonal salad, garlic noodles, sourdough garlic bread, and bottomless beer or mimosas. Two seatings: 11:30pm-1:30pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm. Tickets here. Proceeds will be donated to Golden Gate Salmon Association. 555 Golden Gate Ave. at Van Ness, 415-297-3980.