The tuning forks

Musical experiences to dine for


EAT BEAT Since the dawn of Chuck E. Cheese, food and tunes have been intertwined in the human psyche — yielding not only musical fruits, Meat Puppets, and that wine by Train entitled, yes, "Drops of Jupiter" (sorry, Wine Country), but also all manner of melodious dining experiences as well. Of course, the Bay is brimming with tasty music-food mashups: Ethiopian and ivory-tickling at Sheba Piano Lounge, chicken mole and goth at DNA Lounge, sushi and jazz fusion at Yoshi's, biscuits and blues at Biscuits and Blues, kielbasas and punk at Zeitgeist. Here are some of our current favorite local freeform music-food mixes.


Even if all you're currently worshipping is this Fillmore Street cornerstone's lemongrass-ginger house-cured salmon with cornmeal pancake and molasses glaze, 1300's weekly gospel brunch is sure to inspire devotional highs. A live band belts rousing hymns, and attendees down bottomless pomosas (bubbly with splashes of pomegrante liquer) with plates of chef David Lawrence's global take on soul food in swank dining room settings.
Sunday seatings 11am and 1pm, $6 entertainment fee. 1300 on Fillmore, SF.

(415) 771-7100,


"Bacon Crack" chocolates, vegan soul food, and champagne funnel cakes go fabulously with a ukelele chanteuse — as any attendee of Forage SF's upcoming Night Market will be able to attest. The organization dedicated to promoting ultra-local nourishment has been striking gold with this recurring nightlife-snack event, at which local small vendors rub elbows with the Bay's musicos, DJs, and of course, party-hard foodies. Check out Uni and Her Ukelele, the 29th Street Swingtet, and Izzy*Wise this Friday at Public Works.

Fri, September 7, 5-9:30pm, $5. Public Works, 161 Erie, SF.


Why don't gay bars have better food? Unfussy Mission hangout Truck isn't in the Castro (which explains why it hosts some of the neatest non-pop dance nights in the city, ranging from ska to witch house), so maybe that helps. And although our clogged arteries adore its equally unfussy burger and fried pickles daily menu, we're stoked about its sporadic Truck Stop Cafe pop-up. Featured? Duck-fat Chex mix, manchego gougères, and bourbon and coke floats. Also look out for Truck's monthly (third Wednesdays) other pop-up, Swallow.

Wed/29, 6-10pm. Truck, 1900 Folsom, SF.


You didn't go to the opera tonight? Ugh. Thankfully, at least La Traviata restaurant in the Mission doesn't care — the red sauce, white tablecloth dining room is open to Philistines and Leontyne Price fans alike. Walls are lined with signed photos of famous ariaists, which you will peruse only until congenial waitstaff piles your table high with baskets of piping-hot bread, antipasto, caprese salad, chicken piccata, and wine. You can also try Tosca for opera eats, but rumors of the cafe's imminent replacement with a strip club may yield savory beats of a different nature.

2854 Mission, SF. (415) 282-0500


R.I.P., punk rock BBQs at Richmond neighborhood mainstay 540 Club. But viva DJ Al Lover, who has occupied the vacuum with tunes of a different nature: soul 45s that lend a sunny quality to the mistiest of Fundays. Couple this with a bloody beer and a BBQ spread assembled by scrappy bar regulars that can feature greens, ham, cornbread, and more and you have yourself a neat little Sunday at the monthly Sam Cooke-Out.

Third Sundays, 1-5pm, free. 540 Club, 540 Clement, SF.

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