After experiencing lots of cold weather and binge-watching Love Is Blind at an embarrassingly fast pace, we’ve arrived to March. The month brings tons of new openings, pop-ups, and collaborations throughout the Bay—read on to learn more about them, and have fun out there.
Island Night At High Treason
Unco Frank’s and 2x4 bBox—two San Francisco-based pop-ups—are joining forces for Island Night. The March 28th event at High Treason in the Richmond will have live music, plus Hawaiian dishes like kalua pork and coconut shrimp.
Dinner With The Chefs At Horn Barbecue
Matt Horn of Horn Barbecue and Man Fire Food’s Roger Mooking are collaborating on a Dinner With The Chefs event on March 26th. For $150 per person, you’ll get a family-style spread of things like burnt ends with tamarind sauce, deep-fried pork ribs with date syrup, and spicy cornbread with Thai chili. Book a ticket here. Dinner goes down at Horn Barbecue in West Oakland.
Brunch At Otra
Otra, the Lower Haight Mexican restaurant from the Son’s Addition folks, will offer brunch starting March 27th. Start your day with house-made tortillas, eggs, and more.
Niku Steakhouse’s Pre-Game Prix-Fixe Menu
If you’re heading to a Warriors game and want to fuel up with some A5 wagyu beforehand, Niku Steakhouse has you covered. The steakhouse in the Design District is now offering a prix-fixe menu ($225) with things like Tomahawk ribeye and Parker house rolls with wagyu fat butter, and it's specifically designed to make sure you get to the Chase Center in time for the game. Seatings are 5pm, 5:15pm, and 5:30pm. Reserve here.
Oakland Restaurant Week
Oakland Restaurant Week is back March 18-27th. This year’s edition includes over 70 participating restaurants, like Pomella, Homeroom, Mela Ethiopian Bistro, and our favorite spot for Chicago-style stuffed pizza. Check out the lineup (and all the deals) here.
The Phoenix Parlor Pop-Up at Casements
Casements is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with The Phoenix Parlor pop-up, inspired by Dublin’s pub scene. Through the end of the month, the Mission bar will serve Irish coffees, lots of whiskey, and Tayto crisps to go with it all.
Lucy’s Table at Lily
Lily, the contemporary Vietnamese restaurant in the Richmond, is bringing back its monthly supper club. The March 29th edition of Lucy’s Table will focus on vegetarian, plant-based Vietnamese Buddhist dishes, like soft fried tofu with lemongrass glaze and black truffle chow fun. There are two seatings (5:30pm and 8:00pm) to choose from. Reserve here ($88 per person).
Shawarmaji x Fowl + Fare
Two fantastic Oakland spots, the shawarma-focused Shawarmaji and the fried chicken pop-up Fowl + Fare, are collaborating on a special menu item: a marinated chicken shawarma wrap with black toum and pear slaw. It’s available every Thursday and Friday at Shawarmaji in Uptown Oakland for the entire month of March.
Fort Point’s International Women’s Day Beer
The women-owned brewery Fort Point created a special release for Women’s History Month: Coven, brewed with sage, lavender, and citrus peel. 50% of the proceeds are being donated to Pink Boots. For the rest of March, Fort Point’s flagship location in the Mission will also be showcasing more local women-owned breweries on their guest beer list.
Excelsior Block Party
On March 26th (12-5pm), Excelsior Coffee will host a block party on Excelsior Street between Mission and London. Swing by for art, food, music, and coffee.
Restaurants Supporting Ukraine
Lots of Bay Area restaurants are donating proceeds to organizations that are sending aid to the war in Ukraine. Birch & Rye in Noe Valley is donating 100% of the proceeds from a new cocktail to Doctors Without Borders, and Fiorella (at all of their locations) is donating $1 for every guest to World Central Kitchen and the Jewish Community Federation's Ukrainian Emergency Fund. Keep an eye on Instagram for even more upcoming and ongoing fundraisers from local businesses.
New Opening: Schlok’s
Schlok’s, a pandemic-born pop-up, has finally landed a brick-and-mortar in NoPa and officially opened on March 2nd. So if you’re looking for a new breakfast option, swing by for their excellent bagels, lox, schmear, and coffee.
Pop-Up Series At Nisei
Since February, Nisei has been collaborating with rotating pop-ups, and more are on deck for March. The fine dining Japanese spot in Russian Hill will host 2x4 bBox, Kirsten Shaw, and Claws of Mantis this month—buy tickets here.