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On The Blackboard: May 11

By Claire Margine

San Francisco offers a weekly smorgasbord of delectable deals for the local food lover, if you know where to look. You can bask in the sun at outdoor meals, splurge on the best new omakase, or cozy up to your neighbors at a community dinner. We’ve rounded up a short list of our favorite upcoming deals to guarantee you’re blissed out on tacos, picnics, and the best bites of the city without spending a fortune.

18 Reasons Community Dinner: Chicken with Gracie
For just $15, you can enjoy a luscious Mediterranean-inspired chicken dinner featuring recipes from local chef Gracie Schatz’s upcoming “Chicken Cookery and Butchery” class. Enjoy white wine–braised chicken with wild fennel and preserved lemon tabbouleh in the lovely 18 Reasons event space, all without indulging in a serious price tag. You also get to support a community institution and connect with friends and neighbors around the table. Wine and beer will be available, of course, and kids are welcome, too.
Neighborhood: MIssion MAP


Mezcalito

Double Happy Hour at Mezcalito
Does your ideal happy hour start moments after work, or long after dinner? Or maybe it pops up twice in the same day? No matter—Mezcalito has got you covered. Their happy hour menu includes $7 tequila and mezcal cocktails, $2 off well drinks, and a list of shot-and-a-beer pairings. Happy hour runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. It’s like a mezcal-themed choose your own adventure. Happy drinking, budget voyagers.
Neighborhood: Russian Hill MAP

Stirred, Shaken, and Shucked Mondays at Novela
Start the week off right with a slew of freshly shucked premium oysters at this sleek cocktail lounge. For just a dollar a pop, these oysters come served with mouthwatering house-made mignonettes, and to top it off, bottles of wine are 20 percent off. So bring a friend, order a few rounds of oysters, and get into the happy hour spirit.
Neighborhood: SoMA MAP

Starbelly’s Patio Picnic: Fried Chicken
Forget Karl the Fog and get in the springtime spirit on Tuesday, June 6 with an outdoor party chock full of classic seasonal eats. The theme of Starbelly’s latest patio picnic is fried chicken, featuring fresh jalapeño cornbread, baked butter beans from local Lacopi Farms laced with molasses, and a crisp apple and celery root slaw. But the showstopper is the buttermilk fried chicken made with Petaluma Poultry—and the party ends on a sweet note with a sumptuous stone fruit and gingerbread cobbler. Tickets are $45.
Neighborhood: Castro MAP


Motze

Omakase at Motze
Try out this multicourse feast from one of the city’s hottest new restaurants. A new Japanese-inspired fast casual spot from the creators of Bar Tartine, Motze offers dishes like miso rice bowls, green chile and yuzu turnips, and peanut butter truffles. The omakase experience is a full dinner spread of curated dishes that you pre-purchase for just $40 when you book your table. The menu is a surprise and the meal is an adventure—aka a perfect date night or kickoff to your weekend.
Neighborhood: Mission MAP

SF Weekly’s Best of 2017 Tasting Party
It’s a bacchanal of all-you-can-eat, all-you-can drink sampling for SF Weekly’s Best of 2017. For $25 you can bop from booth to booth, digging into 7 Mile House appetizers, slurping a satiating Pepito’s paleta, and washing it all down with some Raff Distillerie spirits. The vendor list is long and new additions are popping up as the event gets closer. Toast the “Best of 2017” winners as you dance to BFF.fm DJs and pick up some new moves with free salsa lessons. Need to feel even better about it? A portion of the proceeds benefits local nonprofit Downtown Streets, too.
Neighborhood: SoMa MAP

Taco Tuesday at The Taco Shop at Underdog’s
The Taco Shop at Underdog’s combines a raucous sports bar atmosphere with Mexican food that’s so satisfying you just might forget the game is on. Come here to celebrate the happiest themed-day of the week with $2 street tacos and $3 Tecates. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m., but this isn’t your typical happy hour; those taco Tuesday specials continue until closing, which means you can polish off your final taco and Tecate at midnight.
Neighborhood: Outer Sunset MAP

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