I know, it was a pile-up this weekend with Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, President’s Day, and now ~MARDI GRAS~—but you can do it. Here’s a mini roundup of what’s going on:
~TOWN HALL~ in SoMa is known for its annual Mardi Gras blowout—this year will be their seventh. The evening kicks off at 6pm with unlimited buttermilk fried chicken, etouffée, gumbo, oysters, BBQ shrimp, jalapeño cornbread, Abita Beer, caipirinhas, and Hurricanes. The D’Amphibians will be playing, plus there will be face painters, balloon artists, and samba dancers (just when you thought it sounded like a kid’s party). Tickets are available for $70 per person (plus tax) at the door.
~FILLMORE STREET~ restaurants and clubs are going to feature live music (Black Quarterback, Bohemian Knuckle Boogie, Steve Snelling, and Bobbie Webb) at six Fillmore District venues, along with free Mardi Gras beads and signature $6 cocktails or wines. Participating restaurants and bars include: 1300 on Fillmore, Rasselas, Sheba Piano Lounge, Yoshi’s, Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles, Fat Angel Wine Bar and Café, Bruno’s, and the Boom Boom Room ($7 cover). Enjoy Fat Tuesday favorites including jambalaya, gumbo, fried oysters, and shrimp and grits. 5:30pm-midnight.
~TIPSY PIG~ in the Marina is celebrating their anniversary on the same night, so the kitchen is going to be adding hush puppies, gumbo, and (fingers crossed) crawdads to the menu. They’re also bringing in a three-piece New Orleans jazz band as well. Starts at 5pm.
~MISS PEARL’S JAM HOUSE~ at Oakland’s Jack London Square is hosting its first annual Mardi Gras Festival. Miss Pearl’s new chef, Peter Jackson will be offering a special and extensive menu with all kinds of NOLA favorites. There will be live local zydeco and samba bands starting at 7pm, plus $5 Hurricanes, $4 Jello shots, house-made King’s Cake, beignets, and a New Orleans trip giveaway. Entry is free; 7pm-midnight. One Broadway St., Jack London Square, Oakland, 510-444-7171.
And if you don’t want to deal with all the ruckus, but would still like a taste of some King’s Cake, ~ARIZMENDI BAKERY~ is serving slices today! Good luck on getting one with the little plastic baby.
Tuesday Feb 16, 2010