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Boxing Room Brings Southern Grub to Hayes Valley

Absinthe's New Southern Cousin

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When you’re craving Southern comfort, venture no farther than the city center.

1. Google Maps yourself to Boxing Room, where Citizen Cake once stood.

2. Note original 1800s-era Douglas fir-slatted walls, handsome steel beams, and a meandering zinc counter.

3. Head straight for said counter, then idle on a faux alligator stool while downing one of twenty beers on tap or a glass of small production wine listed on massive chalkboards.

4. Steer toward the raw bar for Louisiana-sourced crab, shrimp, crawfish, and oysters.

5. Pull into a booth to throw back Cajun boiled peanuts, deep-fried alligator (tastes like chicken!), and chef Justin Simoneaux’s grilled Monterey squid.

6. Tour Simoneaux’s Louisiana heritage with traditional dishes: Southern fried chicken, classic seafood gumbo, and a po’boy well worth the prices at the pump.

7. Top it off with bananas foster cake and bourbon ice cream while you prolong the trip home until the 2 a.m. close.

Boxing Room, 399 Grove Street, at Gough Street (415-430-6590 or boxingroomsf.com). Opens tomorrow.

Photo: Liza Gershman / Courtesy of Boxing Room

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399 Grove St
@ Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102