On The Blackboard: September 12

By Kimberley Lovato

September marks the start of Oktoberfest, so call your friends, strap on the lederhosen, and belly up for some Bavarian lager at California’s oldest German restaurant. Munich Saturdays start on September 16 and continue each Saturday through October 14. Turn up from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for bottomless beer, live music, and German nosh such as bratwurst, pretzel knots, and sauerkraut for $29 per person—with a 1 ½ hour time limit. Prost!
Neighborhood: Financial District MAP


Before the show, head to The Marker, a Joie de Vivre Hotel located in the Theater District, where you can make a meal of the bar food—and we don’t just mean cocktail olives and maraschino cherries. Their happy hour menu is offered 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with Peroni beer for $3, house red and white wine for $6, and well drinks for $7. Soak it up with an assorted salumi and cheese platter for $20, and a classic eggplant caponata with grilled bread for $9. If you’re after something more hearty, tuck into a plate of fried chicken thighs for $14 and you won’t go hungry.
Neighborhood: Theater District MAP

It’s Taco Tuesday all week (high five) at this buzzy Union Street café where, from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, tacos are just $3. Choose from carnitas, chicken, beef, or fried avocado served in a handmade corn tortilla, with house-made salsa. Wash them down with $7 margaritas—or splurge on a pitcher for $27. The Michelada (lime, chile, salt, and draft beer) is just $5, and draft beers are $4.
Neighborhood: Marina District MAP


Say bonsoir to Plouf in San Francisco’s very own French Quarter, where a prix-fixe lunch menu ($26) means an appetizer of clam chowder or salad, followed by a pot of mussels in your choice of six sauces—including marinara, Provençal, curry, or coconut. The same menu is offered at dinner for $34, with the addition of one of their scrumptious desserts, such as house-made profiteroles or vanilla bean crème brûlée. Check out their happy hour from Monday through Friday, running 2:30 until 6:30 p.m. on the terrace, and after 6:30 p.m. until close at the bar, when Fanny Bay oysters on the half shell are just $1 each.
Neighborhood: Financial District MAP

Alfred’s Steakhouse
Hit the town at this Prohibition-era steakhouse—the oldest in San Francisco, and located at the former address of the venerated Blue Fox. The “School Night Special” served Monday through Thursday for $59 will have you begging for some homework (aka a doggy bag). Come for Alfred’s signature salad, house-smoked prime rib, mascarpone mashed potatoes, creamed bloomsdale spinach, spumoni frozen sundae.
Neighborhood: Chinatown MAP

Burger at Epic Steak (photo: Ben Lobenstein)

Epic Steak
With, ahem, epic views of the bay, the Ferry Building, and the Downtown, there’s no better place for a midday bite than at Epic Steak’s upstairs Quiver Bar. The weekday lunch special, called The 3 B’s, is available from 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m., and includes a beer, a burger, and brownie for $20. Want a fourth B? Add a shot of Bourbon for another $5 and make it the best lunch hour of the week.
Neighborhood: Embarcadero MAP

Fine dining on a shoestring doesn’t get better than at this intimate and chic Jackson Square District restaurant, where a nightly three-course supper is just $35 per person. The menu changes daily (translation: come back often) and features comforting and perfectly prepared appetizers, mains, and desserts, such as red pepper soup or salad, crispy-skin trout or New York steak, and coconut custard or chocolate. An additional house-made pasta course can be added for $10.
Neighborhood: Jackson Square MAP

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