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Fat Tuesday / Mardi Gras

Robert Lauriston Feb 16, 2010 08:11 AM

Fat Tuesday two days after Valentine's? That snuck up on me. Town Hall's already sold out. Anything else going on in Berkeley / Oakland / SF?

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    abstractpoet RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 16, 2010 08:26 AM

    We snagged an early reservation at Angeline's for tonight. No crawfish boil this year (they said it's too early in the season), but they're doing a number of special items tonight (fried gator, king cake, some kind of Hurricane cocktail, etc.) in addition to their regular menu offerings.

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    Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen
    2261 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

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      abstractpoet RE: abstractpoet Feb 16, 2010 05:59 PM

      Well, now I've tried king cake and will probably pass on it in the future. Angeline's version had cream cheese and blueberry. Tasted more or less just like a blueberry danish (and not a particularly good one at that). Don't know if they made it in house or sourced it from somewhere else.

      I like the food at Angeline's generally, but their Mardis Gras menu wasn't anything special, so we mostly just stuck with the same dishes we normally order. The only other thing that appealed to us on the specials menu were the Natchitoches meat pies, served with peppers and sweet tea jelly -- those were actually pretty good. But again, I'm not sure if they actually made the pies in house or just had them shipped in (i.e. frozen).

      No fried gator -- they had some kind of alligator chili instead, which we weren't in the mood to try.

    2. Cynsa RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 16, 2010 08:35 AM

      it is also Malasada Day - who is frying malasada in San Francisco?

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        srr RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 16, 2010 08:45 AM

        Front Porch says they are doing a crab boil on their website. We went last year for what they advertised as a crawfish boil, but ended up with a shrimp boil. It was still fun and delicious, but I'd probably call ahead to see what they are actually offering.

        1. susancinsf RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 16, 2010 09:11 AM

          Chenery Park has a Mardi Gras menu, including crayfish etouffe with housemade andouille sausage and dirty rice, bbq shrimp, gumbo, red beans and rice, among other items:

          http://www.chenerypark.com/news.html

          Service at Chenery Park has always been very good when I've gone; food generally can be hit or miss but the Southern/Louisiana items have always been the best bets there, in my experience. One of the chefs is from Missippi and trained in NOLA under Paul Prudhomme. Plus, the bartenders are great and could probably whip up something appropriate!

          If I were in town, I'd be very tempted. However, Tuesday is also kids's night there, so if one doesn't want kids around during their MG celebration that could be an issue. That said, they usually seat all the kids upstairs, so downstairs near the bar should be good unless one is bringing kids of one's own....

          1. myst RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 16, 2010 09:27 AM

            Pican in Oakland is advertising a party and NOLA in Palo Alto is always crazy.

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              artemis RE: myst Feb 16, 2010 01:18 PM

              is the food at nola an accurate representation of true new orleans food? the SO and i have been to new orleans several times, and he went to tulane, so we are always looking for new orleans food here, from mr. b's bbq shrimp to clancy's gumbo and everything in between. we've tried several places in the bay but nothing seemed right. i'd love to take him to nola if it's got the right food, but if it doesn't, it will be a bitter disappointment. thoughts? other suggestions for true n'awlins food?

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                chocolatetartguy RE: artemis Feb 16, 2010 05:26 PM

                If you find someplace, please let us know. I spent 2 long weekends in N'awlins eating and have never found anything here that was more than a pale imitation (and that includes some places mentioned here).

                In fact the closest approximation that I found was when Paul Prudhomme imported his restaurant here for a month-long run and later for a New Orleans By the Bay festival at Shoreline. Other than that I've been most satisfied with gumbos at small soul food places like Dorsey's Locker. I did like LA Bayou but they went the way of all flush after a bathroom accident lawsuit and an armed robbery..

                Nothing here will remind you of Brigtsen's or K-Pauls or anything in between.

                Me, I'm going to Popeye's for the leg and thigh special for 1.29! They make a very credible Shrimp Poboy.

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                  artemis RE: chocolatetartguy Feb 16, 2010 06:11 PM

                  that's a real bummer. i keep hoping some enterprising soul from new orleans will come out here and make a killing with a restaurant offering all the glorious food that city has to offer. until then, all we have are the cooks illustrated recipes.

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                    chocolatetartguy RE: artemis Feb 16, 2010 07:12 PM

                    I fear that grail is not to be found hereabouts. You can take comfort in the fact that Popeye's here is probably the same as Popeye's in New Orleans. Their red beans and rice are pretty good, but very salty and their etoufee quite good, although they only had it for a couple of weeks last Fall. Is there some sort of crawdad shortage? I actually had their mac and cheese last night doctored up with some leftover shredded Old Quebec cheddar. I really like their biscuits too. I live between San Pablo and 4th Street and the neighborhood restaurants I've been to most have been Popeye's and Cafe Rouge (Popeye's by a wide margin).

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                      intomeat RE: artemis Feb 17, 2010 07:25 AM

                      Have you tried Queen's Louisiana Po-Boy Cafe?

                      Also, check out Yats, temporarily serving out of Annie's Bistro. (http://www.whereyats.com) According to a NO native, their oyster PoBoy is as authentic as they come.

              2. augustiner RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 16, 2010 03:34 PM

                had planned on ti couz for crawfish and hurricanes but a friend called to say they don't have crawfish this year. don't know what else they might be doing tonight. front porch is doing a dungeness crab boil on the patio...or porch i guess.

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                  augustiner RE: augustiner Feb 16, 2010 03:37 PM

                  oops, someone already mentioned the front porch! sorry for the redundancy

                2. Cynsa RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 17, 2010 04:16 AM

                  Queen's Louisiana Po-Boy Cafe
                  3030 San Bruno Ave
                  between Paul Ave & Olmstead St.
                  San Francisco, CA 94134
                  (415) 656-0711
                  www.queenslapoboys.com

                  Red Crawfish
                  611 Larkin St
                  between Eddy St & Willow St.
                  San Francisco, CA 94109
                  (415) 771-1388
                  redcrawfishsf.com/

                  Cajun Pacific
                  4542 Irving St
                  between 46th Ave & 47th Ave.
                  San Francisco, CA 94122
                  (415) 504-6652
                  www.cajunpacific.com

                  Brenda's French Soul Food
                  652 Polk St
                  between Eddy St & Turk St.
                  San Francisco, CA 94102
                  (415) 345-8100
                  www.frenchsoulfood.com

                  Broken Record
                  1166 Geneva Ave
                  between Edinburgh St & Naples St.
                  San Francisco, CA 94112
                  (415) 963-1713
                  www.brokenrecordsf.com

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