Tidbits: New Taiyaki Spot, Half Off at One Market, Mardi Gras Plans

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Something’s fishy at Amami. Yelp photo by Melanie T.

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King cake beignets, available now until Mardi Gras at Brenda’s French Soul Food. Instagram photo by @brendasfrenchsf.

You like cute waffle sandwiches in the shape of a Japanese fish? Of course you do. There’s a new taiyaki place that has opened in Union Square, ~AMAMI~, offering a variety of fillings (like red azuki bean and white mochi, or matcha cream with black sesame mochi—get one freshly made), plus green tea matcha soft-serve ice cream on the side, hot or cold tea lattes, and more. 430 Geary Blvd. at Mason.

This Saturday may be ~ONE MARKET~’s big 25th anniversary dinner, but this Friday February 9th, you can enjoy half off the entire menu all day and night, including all beverages! It’s a wonderful way to say “thank you” to their customers. Reservations are strongly suggested but there will also be some tables open for walk-ins.

Just in case you are plotting your plans for Mardi Gras (which is next Tuesday February 13th), here are a few ideas for you: of course ~BRENDA’S FRENCH SOUL FOOD~ will be serving up beignets for brunch (and is offering king cake beignets until then!), ~JUST FOR YOU~ in Dogpatch will be serving their traditional N’awlins fare, and you can snag some po’boys at ~QUEEN’S LOUISIANA PO’BOYS~ (they have their new location at Pier 33). And there’s the newish ~BAYOU~ in the Mission too.

~TOWN HALL~ always throws a helluva party, and ~THE ELITE CAFE~ is hosting a party too, with unlimited crawfish. SF Beer Week plus Mardi Gras equals a party on the patio at ~4505 BURGERS AND BBQ~ with special beer releases from Harmonic Brewing, po’boys, gumbo, and king cake. ~ALBA RAY’S~ will have live music in addition to a special Mardi Gras menu (including andouille corn dogs, jambalaya cones, po’boy sliders, and beignets with a king cake twist). Frozen Irish coffee slushies will keep you going. Laissez le bon temps rouler!

And if you want something with less beads and Hurricanes but still some Louisiana soul, ~SERPENTINE~ is kicking off its new once-a-month Sunday Supper Series beginning Sunday February 11th and will celebrate the flavors of Louisiana served family style for just $40 per person (tip not included, tickets here).