By Emma Krasov. Photography by Yuri Krasov
If it’s true that winter holidays were invented so people wouldn’t fall into seasonal depression, this year holidays couldn’t have arrived fast enough! While in the years past sports bars weren’t able to accommodate everyone who wanted to get in on Super Bowl Sunday, and romantic restaurants failed to seat all the love-struck couples on Valentine’s Day, this time around it’s mostly take-outs and local deliveries from the coveted eateries for a quiet at-home enjoyment.
You’ll have to personally assemble a Wedge Salad with an array of provided ingredients, and smear a Reuben sandwich with Russian dressing, but high-quality restaurant food and those saved kitchen hours you didn’t have to spend by the stove will definitely spark a celebratory mood.
Here’s a short list of the San Francisco Bay Area restaurants that promise to take the preparation of your Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day treats upon themselves.
Black Angus Steakhouse
A special Super Bowl menu on February 7 includes the Steakhouse Cheeseburger Meal Pack for four (Angus beef chuck with Applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, house-made pickles, and onion rings; French fries, garden salad, and chocolate chip cookies). There’s also Happy Hour To-Go Pack for four (Loaded Potato Skins, Three Cheese Garlic Bread, Crispy Fried Garlic-Pepper Zucchini, and Steak Quesadilla), Game Time Feast for 10-12 (BBQ baby back ribs, crispy shrimp, baked spinach & artichoke dip, steakhouse chili with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onion), and Cheeseburger Sliders as well as Whole Desserts To Go.
For February 12 through 14, the restaurant offers an exclusive Valentine’s Day To Go Pack with two filet mignons, two lobster tails, one appetizer to share, four classic sidekicks, one dessert to share, molasses bread, and two prosecco splits.
Even if you’re not a football fan and currently not in love, you can still enjoy the everyday offerings of Black Angus Steakhouse—the famous meat-lover’s eatery. House-baked molasses bread and butter and panko-breaded fried pepper-garlic zucchini make an appetizing starter. A succulent prime rib comes with the classic trimmings (sour cream and horseradish), tender grilled asparagus, and a loaded baked potato. New York strip steak has a mashed potato side, and goes well with Wedge Salad you’ll have to assemble yourself right before eating so it won’t lose any of its crispy freshness.
Then pour some bright-red strawberry preserve over your hefty slice of New York style cheesecake, and you’re all set with a delicious dinner you didn’t even have to cook!
Find out about the Black Angus locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, and place your order at https://www.blackangus.com/
Bourbon Burger Bar
The newest takeout/delivery establishment from the Mina Restaurant Group serves upscale burgers with all the fixings to satisfy the most discerning tastes. Truffle burger, bacon burger, turkey burger, salmon burger, and even a grilled veggie burger are prepared by the celebrity chef Michael Mina’s team with utmost skill and care.
Order a BBB Burger Experience for an aesthetically pleasing and delicious presentation in a big bakery box that includes burgers and duck-fat fries in separate smaller black boxes tied with golden ribbons as well as a salad with dressing, pickles, and a dessert in a pudding form in a little jar.
You have to choose every item in any combination you prefer, but a wonderfully meaty Applewood Smoked Bacon Steak Burger comes very nicely together with a Wedge Salad and an airy lemon tart for dessert, while a fragrant Black Truffle Stake Burger with a slice of brie makes fantastic pairing with a champignon-and–chips Truffle salad and a vanilla pudding for a sweet finale.
Just add a shot of bourbon, and enjoy. Place your order for Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, or any day you’d like to brighten up with great food, at https://www.michaelmina.net/
Mark ‘n Mike’s
Opened last October, when the fate of the majority of San Francisco eateries seemed rather foggy, and their immediate future highly uncertain, Mark ‘n Mike’s, A New York Style Delicatessen—a pop-up designed specifically for the home isolation and social distancing circumstances—took a chance within the landmark One Market Restaurant.
Squarely focused on takeout and delivery, the brainchild of Michael (“Mike“) Dellar and One Market Chef Mark Dommen follows in the footsteps of the traditional Jewish delicatessens, offering the staples of this highly popular cuisine—lox on bagel, matzo ball soup, potato latkes, smoked brisket and pastrami sandwiches—all the comfort foods thusly named for a very good reason.
Mark’s “Better than Bubbie’s?” Matzo Ball Soup, originally created for One Market’s Passover menu, comes in a pint container with one huge fluffy ball of matzo meal, and thinly sliced carrots and celery stalks.
A Big Sandwich of 12-hour smoked brisket is served on twice-baked rye with a dill pickle on a side, and a Signature Sandwich of Pastrami Reuben from the griddle is stacked with Swiss cheese and sauerkraut, with Russian dressing on a side to be added when ready to eat.
Plump golden-brown latkes (potato pancakes) are as good as they come, with traditional sides of sour cream and apple sauce. For Valentine’s Day, from February 10 through 13 your order can be enlivened with heart-shaped latkes, special for the occasion.
Find these big-little potato hearts in your takeout box from Mark ‘n Mike’s in San Francisco, and enjoy them to your heart’s desire!
See the full menu at https://onemarket.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/MnM’s_Menu_011121-online.pdf