Where to Live It Up on Fat Tuesday

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King cake; Flickr photo from Emily Carlin.

New Year’s resolutions already a distant memory? Good, ‘cause there’s plenty of places to live it up next Tuesday February 21st for Mardi Gras.

~TOWN HALL~ is holding their annual Mardi Gras party with Crescent City cuisine and drinks, plus dancing with live music, Samba dancers, and face painters. $60 plus tax in advance online; $75 inclusive of tax at the door.

The Fat Tuesday celebration at ~BOXING ROOM~ includes special menu items for lunch and dinner (like duck and sausage jambalaya, Gulf oysters on the half shell for $2 each, and king cake by pastry chef Bill Corbett), Abita Mardi Gras Bock on tap, and live music with Aaron Leese and The Panhandlers, a San Francisco-based New Orleans-style jazz and blues band, playing from 7pm-10pm.

For the third year, the merchants of the Fillmore District are presenting their annual Mardi Gras fête, ~FAT TUESDAY IN THE FILLMORE~, aka FillmoreNOLA. From 5pm-midnight, Fillmore Street between Geary and Eddy will be packed with party-goers mingling amongst stilt walkers, jugglers, and face painters while live music at the Fillmore Center Plaza completes the New Orleans-style scene. Meanwhile, these participating venues will offer discounts (like signature cocktails, wines and beers, and nibbles under $10) to wristband-wearers: 1300 on Fillmore, Rasselas Jazz Club, Sheba Piano Lounge, Yoshi’s, Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles, Fat Angel Food and Libation, Bruno’s Pizzeria, and newcomer The Social Study. $5 custom wristbands are avail now online or at the event check-in site, the Jazz Heritage Center (1320 Fillmore Street)—a portion of proceeds benefit the center.

Continuing the Big Easy theme on Saturday March 3rd, ~BEHIND THE CART 4~ is presenting a NOLA in SF dinner, in partnership with Old Skool Cafe (a nonprofit, youth-run supper club) and seven locals: S+S Gastro Grub, Fat Alley Foods, Angry Man Eats, GrilledCheezGuy, Suite Foods, Frozen Kusterd, and The Uncommon Pickle. Nine-piece New Orleans band MJ’s Brass Boppers will be making it truly Big Easy-style. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Semi-secret location.

Updates: ~JUST FOR YOU CAFE~ is serving up NOLA specialties from 7:30am-3pm: blackened catfish, oyster ‘n’ shrimp po’ boys, jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice, and housemade king cake. Look for wine and Abita beer specials too, and revel in the Mardi Gras music. 732 22nd St. at 3rd St., 415-647-3033.

Also, good news from Eater, ~BRENDA’S FRENCH SOUL FOOD~ will be open through dinner on Fat Tuesday (they’re normally closed for dinner Tuesdays), 8am-10pm, with special additions to the menu: andouille sausage po’ boy, chicken-sausage jambalaya for lunch, and pork chops smothered with onion gravy for dinner. They’ll also have strawberry Abita and Dixie Blackened Voodoo on the beer list.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Event Info

Tuesday Feb 21, 2012