Landing squarely alongside Yoshi’s Restaurant and Jazz Club in the newly minted Fillmore Jazz Preservation District, 1300 on Fillmore (1300 Fillmore at Eddy) offers a provoking foil to Yoshi’s refined Japanese dishes: fully Frenchified American food with twists of Southern fried hospitality. As SF Weekly’s Meredith Brody writes this week, at its most successful 1300 achieves a “blending of down-home and uptown.” Highlights include sautéed wild mushrooms with autumn herbs and mascarpone yellow hominy grits ($9), and “smothered rabbit” with baby turnips, Parisian potatoes, and pearl red onions ($26).
A free burger is nothing to scoff at, especially when it’s a scrumptious bar burger from Balboa Cafe (3199 Fillmore at Greenwich). Anyone with a weakness for burgers done right should be willing to pay in blood — and that’s exactly what will happen this Thursday, April 3. It may sound morbid, but it’s for a great cause: Just show up between 1 and 6 p.m., donate a pint of blood on the Blood Centers of the Pacific’s bloodmobile — it’ll be parked right outside — and claim your free chow. Donors must be 17 or older, healthy, and weigh at least 110 pounds. (Other restrictions may apply.) Make an appointment online at www.bloodheroes.com using the password “PlumpJack,” or call 346-5712. Walk-in donors are also welcome.
While a night of watching bawdy, raunchy, completely inappropriate cartoons amid an audience of equally bawdy, often-inappropriate cartoon fans may not make a great first date, it could spell perfection for a third or fourth rendezvous. And for the right couple, after the right number of drinks, it could be just the thing to shatter any remaining inhibitions. That’s why we recommend Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation ($10), showing Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through May 10 at the Victoria Theater (2961 16th St. at Mission) in the heart of the Mission. Whether you see the show before or after dinner, you’ll want a little something to smooth Spike and Mike’s rough edges — and that’s where Bar Bambino Cafe & Wine Bar (2931 16th St. at Mission) comes in. A mere stone’s throw from the theater, yet a world away from the ratty Mission District hubbub of its surroundings, Bar Bambino is chic and friendly, and its authentic Italian food rivals anything else you’ll find in town. It also offers more than 35 wines by the glass. Try the bruschette al ginepro — a lush spread of chicken liver and juniper berry ($8.50) — and the papardelle with sugo di coniglio, braised rabbit sauce ($14.50). Reservations are recommended.
It’s rare to find dancing and food together, but SOMA nightspot Bossa Nova (139 Eighth St. at Minna) has managed the feat with characteristic Brazilian passion with its new weekly Bossa Nights party. Slap on your dancing shoes and a bib for this Sunday shindig, which boasts live performers and guest DJs with plenty of goodies for the wallflowers: $8 doses of Brazil’s national drink, caipirinha, to wash down bites of feijoada, a stew of black beans and all kinds of tasty pork and beef tidbits. The party kicks off at 4:00 p.m. every Sunday.