Samba dancers at Town Hall’s Mardi Gras celebration in 2011. Photo from Facebook.
Mardi Gras, which is fast approaching on Tuesday March 4th, is pretty much the best time to get down and really enjoy some indulgent food, drinks, and other “vices” before giving it all up for Lent. But you can party even without practicing Lent, we won’t tell. Here are some places to indulge.
~TOWN HALL~ is hosting their annual Mardi Gras blowout starting at 6pm. The menu includes all the fried chicken, jambalaya, ribs, and barbecue shrimp you can eat, plus an endless supply of Abita beer, hurricanes, and caipirinhas. There will also be live music and samba dancers, plenty of beads and feather boas, and yes, lots of good times. Of course, you can try your luck with the king cake too. Tickets are $70 per person in advance and $80 at the door and include all food and beverages.
You can also get some great vittles at ~BOXING ROOM~, where in addition to their usual New Orleans-inspired menu you’ll find five additional dishes, including oysters Rockefeller, seafood gumbo, and a crawfish boil with all the fixings. Plus, they’ve got their paws on Abita’s Mardi Gras Bock, which will be available on tap. Live music that night will keep you hopping, and of course there will be beads!
The party at ~BRENDA’S FRENCH SOUL FOOD~ promises to rock, not least because Gaucho Gypsy Jazz will be playing live music all night. Normally, the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays, but on Mardi Gras they’ll be open until 9pm with special additions to the menu. Look for barbecue shrimp and king cake beignets with berry compote, pecans, and vanilla cream cheese, plus hurricanes and Abita beer. Music will be from 5pm-9pm. You can also find mini king cakes at Libby Jane Café the week leading up to Mardi Gras.
For N’awlins-style beignets and coffee, don’t miss the party at ~YVONNE’S SOUTHERN SWEETS~. From 12pm-4pm they’ll be serving chicory coffee from Café du Monde, beignets, and pralines. RSVP here so they can make sure there’s enough for everyone! 5128 3rd St. at Bayview, 415-368-7900.
Laissez les bon temps roulez!
Tuesday Mar 4, 2014