Carnival of Sorts

Monte Carlo Restaurant & Bar

Since DeRouen had just gotten back from Louisiana the night before, there were no desserts available during our visit. So, to bring this lengthy gustatory siesta to its proper close we enjoyed (on the chef's recommendation) a round of Grand Marnier and sodas on the rocks -- sparkly, cool, sweet, and citrusy all at once. Beyond lunchtime, the only food served at the Monte Carlo are bowls of gumbo and a selection of hot appetizers -- barbecued shrimp, buffalo wings, frog legs, and the like -- to go with the nighttime drinking and music (the place transforms itself into a loud and lively bar after dark). "It's too crowded here at night for formal dining," said DeRouen.

Coda: If you really want to experience Carnival bon temps Louisiana style, the Monte Carlo is hosting a black-tie Mardi Gras ball on Saturday, March 3. Live blues and zydeco by Lady Bluebird will accompany the Creole menu, and apropos costumes are encouraged. The festivities take place from 7 p.m. till 1:30 a.m. The cover charge is a mere $10 -- quite the bargain for such a venerably rambunctious event. Let the good times roll!

Location Info


Monte Carlo Restaurant & Bar

1705 Yosemite
San Francisco, CA 94124

Category: Restaurant > Cajun

Region: Bayview-Hunters Point


Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Gumbo and hot appetizers served Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 11 p.m.) Reservations accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Parking: possible. Muni: 15. Noise level: gregarious.

Bloody Mary $5
Catfish fingers $9
Boudin sausage $6.50
Crawfish etouffee $7.50
Red beans and rice $8
Grand Marnier and soda $5

1705 Yosemite (at Lane), 822-7338

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