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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pa'ina's Hana Hou Has Cheap Cachaça, Kalua Pig Cheese Fries

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Pa'ina's Kalua pig cheese fries and Oh My Gyoza! - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Pa'ina's Kalua pig cheese fries and Oh My Gyoza!

Pa'ina opened four months ago in the former Sundance Kitchen. Like its predecessor, Pa'ina serves Hawaiian and Asian dishes but at a lower price point than Sundance.

The happy hour, Hana Hou, takes place Tuesdays through Fridays from 3-7 p.m. and 1-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. It's next door to Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, making it a cheap and quick way to get tipsy and fed before or after a movie.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

One Night Only: Happy Hour at The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM

  • John Birdsall

Tillamook Happy Hour

Where: The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, 1 South Park (at Second St.), 243-0107

When: Wed., Aug. 22, 5-8 p.m.

Cost: Menu items from $3-19

The rundown: There's a line out the door every day here for sandwiches, but the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen is normally closed at night. This special evening event in partnership with Tillamook features pitchers of sangria and local craft beer, wine by the glass, and, naturally, grilled cheese sandwiches with sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, and optional toppings such as smoked turkey, housemade pickles, cured ham, and applewood-smoked bacon. Sandwiches are half-price -- $3 instead of the usual $6 --and Tillamook is known for its good cheesy swag, like squeezable stress blocks shaped like cheddar and buttons aplenty, so prepare for some additional flair.

If you're in the vicinity this afternoon (Aug. 21), the eatery is offering free slices of a mammoth grilled cheese "cake" to celebrate winning a small business grant.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Mamacita's "La Hora Feliz" Has Cheap Margaritas, Duck Confit Tacos

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Mamacita's camaron al pastor tacos. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Mamacita's camaron al pastor tacos.

Happy hour at Mamacita runs Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Friday until 6 p.m., and features taco and drink specials that don't break the bank without the annoyance of an after-work meat market prowl -- even though it's in the Marina.

Tacos are typically served three to an order for $13 to $15, but they're two for $6 during "La Hora Feliz." Choices are pollo taqueria (crispy chicken), camarones al pastor (achiote-spiced prawns), carnitas cerditas (pulled pork), carne asada (skirt steak), and pato à la plancha (duck confit). They're tiny but surprisingly filling, particularly the duck, stuffed so full it's a challenge to eat them without half the meat spilling out.

Fancy margaritas are a specialty of the house and run from $8 to $12, but you can down a pint of original ($4) or pomegranate margarita ($5) for half price. Other happy hour drinks include a classic mojito ($4), sangria ($4), or Tecate with fresh lime and salt ($2).

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Presenting the Seoul Patch Sports Bar and Grill

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM

  • Camila McHugh
The Seoul Patch Sports Bar and Grill at Dear Mom

Where: Dear Mom, at 16th and Harrison

When: Friday, July 20, 4 p.m to last call (around 1:30 a.m.)

Cost: No cover, $10-$13 entrees, and $2-$4 appetizers

The Rundown: We knew Seoul Patch can do some killer Korean fusion. Turns out Chef Eric Ehler knows a little something about bar food too. We love Seoul Patch for their fried chicken sando, but this Friday, Ehler is throwing down a whole new menu. Originally from the Midwest, Ehler modeled his menu on the bar menus he knows oh so well. "Bar menus are really random with different foods that don't have any business being on the same menu. But they are," he says.

Hence the eclectic lineup of foods like chips and salsa, shrimp scampi, and peach mochi cake that Ehler will serve on Friday. He's still making focused and delicious food, but he also wants to make it fun. This is the kind of the food Ehler wants to eat when he's having a good time.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tonight: Urban Kitchen Wants to Hang Out

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 1:16 PM

These pickles don't know they're tonight's appetizers.
  • These pickles don't know they're tonight's appetizers.

Urban Kitchen SF Happy Hour

Where: Hog and Rocks, 3431 19th St. (at San Carlos), 550-8627

When: Tues., May 24, 7-9 p.m.

Cost: Free appetizers; drink prices vary

The rundown: Urban Kitchen SF is a go-to for classes on beekeeping, backyard chickens, and all that other happy homesteading jazz. They do it nonprofit-style, and never turn away students for lack of loot, so tonight they're hosting a happy hour fundraiser. Besides the scintillating conversations you're sure to have ("My home-brewed kombucha just ate a puppy!"), there will be Hog and Rocks snacks and special drinks. Buy a pickle-backed whiskey shot (exactly what it sounds like) or a pink grapefruit tequila punch made with Happy Girl preserves and all proceeds will go to Urban Kitchen.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fatted Calf's Happy Hour: A Nibble, a Sip, and Some Butchery

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 2:47 PM

A butcher goes to work with a hacksaw at Fatted Calf's Wednesday happy hour. - SEAN TIMBERLAKE
  • Sean Timberlake
  • A butcher goes to work with a hacksaw at Fatted Calf's Wednesday happy hour.

Carnivores squealed with glee when Fatted Calf opened its doors in Hayes Valley last year, giving owner-butcher Taylor Boetticher's own brand of artisanal charcuterie a permanent home in San Francisco. Boetticher complemented the gleaming meat case with shelves of high-end gourmet products like Rancho Gordo beans and exquisite pastas and olive oils, and of course there's plenty of ready-to-eat fare such as daily sandwich specials. But Boetticher strives to remind the neighborhood that the new space is more than a shrine to finished meat product; it's a full-service butcher shop. To remedy that, he started hosting free Wednesday happy hours.

Generally, the work takes place in the back room, a climate-controlled room behind a wall paneled with Wedgewood stove tops. Each Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, the staff at Fatted Calf takes their work out onto the main floor for a little free-range butchery.

The time slot is not arbitrary, since 90 minutes is about the right amount of time it takes for two trained staff to completely butcher down a hog, and it's also short enough that food safety is not an issue. It's a sight to behold as they break the beast down into primals and then increasingly small and specific cuts. The butchers move with precision and speed, whether wielding hacksaws or boning knives, and they adeptly move pieces on and off the cutting tables. From the initial cuts, bigger pieces like the head, harboring a grim smirk over the room, and legs are left to hang by the case while they work on various parts.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Amarena Brings Back the Free Spread ― But Only on Thursday

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 4:11 PM

On Russian Hill, a glorious once-a-week throwback. - YELP
  • Yelp
  • On Russian Hill, a glorious once-a-week throwback.

The place: Amarena, 2162 Larkin (at Green), 447-0441,

The hours: Thu. 6-9:30 p.m.

The deals: Weekly free buffet of Italian specialties

The digs: Tiny hideaway on a quiet corner of Russian Hill feels like a homey Tuscan hangout with its sponged peach walls, hardwood floors, standup bar and well-stocked wine racks. The glam locals and Eurotrash party music add a hint of the glitterati.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

McCormick & Kuleto's Wants You to Soak Up the Booze

Posted By on Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Robin C./Yelp
The place: McCormick & Kuleto's, 900 Northpoint St. (at Larkin, in Ghirardelli Square), 929-1730,

The hours: 3-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

The deals: Hefty snacks for $2-$5 apiece;  $6.50-$7 cocktails.

The digs: The view's stupendous from the cocktail lounge of this handsome fish house, designed by Pat Kuleto: the northern waterfront, the sparkling bay, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the hills of Marin beyond. The inside features Ghirardelli Square's exposed brick plus a classic mahogany-and-brass bar with adjacent tables and comfy booths. The vibe is supplied by affable barkeeps, wide-eyed tourists, and in-the-know regulars scarfing early supper on the cheap.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Schroeder's: Cold Beers, Free Hot Snacks, and Frolicking Fräuleins

Posted By on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Das boot: 80 ounces of adult refreshment. - LINDA C./YELP
  • Linda C./Yelp
  • Das boot: 80 ounces of adult refreshment.
The place: Schroeder's, 240 Front (at California), 421-4778

The hours: Weds.-Fri., 4-6 p.m.

The deals: Free hot snack items

The digs: This venerable old rathskeller has been serving up the suds and sauerbraten since 1893 (in the same location since 1959), and like Sam's and the Tadich and other remnants of S.F.'s pre-quake glory days, Schroeder's has vintage atmo to burn, with its century-old rosewood bar, mounted stags' heads, massive beer steins, Bavarian-inn lanterns, the gleam of amber light on polished mahogany, and Herman Richter's glorious Alpine murals of frolicking fräuleins and their lederhosen-clad liebenden. It's a fun and friendly place to quaff a Franziskaner, especially during one of the joint's regularly scheduled polka parties.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Bar Crudo Happy Hour: Impeccable Oysters and the Odd Artisanal Brew

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Happy hour oysters are $1 each ― same as in Gold Rush days. - CYGNOIR/FLICKR
  • cygnoir/Flickr
  • Happy hour oysters are $1 each ― same as in Gold Rush days.
The place: Bar Crudo, 655 Divisadero (at Grove), 409-0679

The hours: Tues.-Sun., 5-6:30 p.m.

The deals: Oysters at $1 apiece, seafood chowder at $5 per bowl, two seafood tacos for $10, daily wine and beer specials

The digs: Bar Crudo's newish Western Addition location is a sleek, shiny vision in black and white, with abstract art and rustic hardwood floors giving the place a spare yet elegant boho-storefront aesthetic. The raw bar is an especially festive place to slurp, sip, and mingle with the locals.

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