With AT&T Park in the national spotlight Wednesday for Game One of the World Series, you'd think South Beach restaurants would be busting out specials oozing with Fear the Beard enthusiasm.
You'd be wrong.
Most restaurants SFoodie spoke with either aren't doing anything special tomorrow, or are actually doing less. Spire is promising a few special cocktails Wed. and Thu. ― orange ones (the Giants Cadillac margarita, $12; Giants cosmo, $10; and Giants melon ball, $10). American Grilled Cheese Kitchen is staying open two hours later, till 5 p.m. Wed. and Thur. (its Facebook page offers up excitement of a sort via a single "whoot!"). Nova Bar and Restaurant on Second Street: Nothing special. Nearby 21st Amendment: Nothing special ― unless, says Mike, today's manager, the chef feels like it. Pete's Tavern ― practically within peanut-shell spitting distance from the park, is actually closed to the public both Wed. and Thu. for private parties. No word about specials from sister establishments Pedro's Cantina and MoMo's.
Tres Agaves is doing a slightly expanded happy hour ($2 tacos, $5 house margaritas and sangria, etc.) ― it'll start at 3, earlier than most game-day happys. The Paragon is actually streamlining its menu to cope with the crush, and will offer a single menu all day.
No surprise that the place doing the biggest World Series menu push inhabits a corner of AT&T Park. Public House is floating a special menu with names like "Giants Beat Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich" (well, subtlety doesn't necessarily translate to a dining room full of orange foam fingers), "San Francisco Crab Cake with Celery Root Salad." But what's this? "Texas Rangers BBQ Ribs," and "San Antonio Chile Con Carne with Crispy 'Frito-like Chips"? Those might leave a janky taste in your mouth. Both Public House and adjoining Mijita are open 11 a.m.-10 p.m., the bars 11 a.m.-11 p.m.