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On the Blackboard: February 28

By Claire Margine

We’ve scoured the Bay Area to find our favorite specials that also have that little something extra to celebrate, whether it’s staving off the end-of-the-weekend blues or ringing in the spring. From a cozy English supper to a five-course pop-up prixe fixe, here are six food and drink happenings to look forward to in San Francisco right now.

Tiki Hour at Hawker Fare
Transform happy hour into a mini vacation with $9 tropical drinks and a menu of marked down snacks at this Lao Isaan getaway in the Mission. Pairing Hawker Fare’s colorful, upbeat vibe with an explosive cocktail—maybe a scorpion bowl, some Hawker grog, or the enigmatic “Neptune’s Locks”—is the perfect way to celebrate the end of the workday, or the early start of the evening on the weekends. Tiki Hour is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Neighborhood: Mission MAP


The Mill

Monday and Wednesday pizza nights at The Mill
Twice a week, this oasis for baked and brewed goodness transforms into a seasonal pizza paradise, featuring a different signature Josey Baker pizza each night. Toppings made from local produce—broccoli de cicco, roasted garlic crème, crispy shallots—introduce distinctive flavors, while an addictive crust complete this ideal pie, which can be ordered whole or by the slice. Visit The Mill’s website to find out what will appear on the pies next Monday or Wednesday.
Neighborhood: Nopa MAP

Whole roasted pig patio picnic at Starbelly
Nothing will get you in the springtime spirit faster than an old-fashioned pig roast on Starbelly’s outdoor patio. On Tuesday, March 7, the restaurant’s quarterly patio picnic feast starts with a porchetta-spiced whole roasted pig from Devil’s Gulch in Marin. Grilled hickory salad with apple, walnuts, and blue cheese, Anson Mills grits spiked with white Cheddar, fresh marinated cauliflower and Romanesco broccoli, and a strawberry cobbler complete the meal. Well, almost—Magnolia Brewing Company beers are also available by the glass. Tickets are $45.00 per person.
Neighborhood: Castro MAP

Chef Brandon Chang’s five-course pop-up dinner
Enjoy an intimate culinary experience on Sunday, March 5, as Chef Brandon Chang guides you through five courses of bright, captivating cuisine. The menu is inspired by his recent travels through Asia and includes modern twists on classic Chinese New Year dishes. Even better, a portion of the proceeds goes to Phat Beets, a North Oakland organization that’s focused on developing a “healthier, more equitable food system in North Oakland.” Vegetarian diners can opt for a meat-free version of the menu, too. Tickets are $60, and the event runs from 5:30 to10 p.m.
Neighborhood: Nob Hill MAP


Magnolia Pub

Sunday Joint at Magnolia Pub
End the weekend on a high note every week with a feast of English comfort food at this Haight craft brewery and pub. Every Sunday night, Magnolia hosts a prix-fixe dinner focused on a different joint of meat—think prime rib, pork loin, leg of lamb, and more. The mouthwatering main is paired with classic sides like Yorkshire pudding and seasonal vegetables, and the whole feast ends on a sweet note with a traditional English pudding.
Neighborhood: Haight MAP

Check out what’s happening at the new China Live
The brainchild of a crack team of Bay Area restaurateurs including George Chen, creator, founder, and executive chef of China Live, this brand new multi-story emporium dedicated to all things Chinese opens its first floor for service on Wednesday, March 1 at 5 p.m. Featuring Marketplace Restaurant and Bar Central with eight specialized stations, Oolong Cafe, and Retail Market, this massive Chinatown space is the perfect place to sample a wide array of Chinese delicacies.
Neighborhood: Chinatown MAP

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