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What You'll Get
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With today’s Groupon, $7 gets you $15 worth of the choicest artery-clogging cuisine and one drink at Butter. Standing out from its trendy SOMA Club Corridor neighbors like a cinder-blocked El Camino in the Daytona 500, Butter is My Name is Earl as imagined by David Lynch. Chrome-lined Formica tables shimmer under lava lamp lighting. Rock, 80’s, pop, and mash-up music mingles in the air with black-velvet Elvis art. The smell of deep-frying emanates from the trailer kitchen (built inside an actual trailer).
Butter’s menu serves up grub the way your negligent babysitter used to make it: using a microwave or a commercial-grade deep fryer. Frito Pie (chili and cheese slathered over Fritos; $4) is a popular snack, as is the Deep-Fried PB&J ($3). Side options include everything from mac ‘n cheese ($3) to deep-fried mac ‘n cheese ($5) to Spaghettios (less than the emotional cost of eating Spaghettios by yourself in the shower; $4). And if you finish your Beanie Weenies (cocktail franks and beans in hickory sauce, pairs perfectly with a Pabst Blue Ribbon fresh from the tap; $4), you can have a Twinkie deep-fried in crushed graham crackers ($3) for dessert. All dishes come garnished with a healthy sprinkling of irony.
If the food doesn’t keep you there until closing, the specialty cocktails ($8–$10) might. You can use your Groupon toward one drink. Wash down your tater tots with a Whitetrash Driver (vodka and Original Florida Style Sunny-D), an After School Special (vodka and grape soda), or just keep it traditional with a forty of Miller High Life in a brown paper bag (beer $4 and up). And if you order the notorious R.V. (Red Bull and vodka), there’s a good chance you’ll end up shirtless and on Mad About You by night’s end. Swing on down and crack open a tall boy during High Maintenance Happy Hour (6 p.m.–10 p.m., Thursday–Saturday) or Sing-Along Sunday (karaoke all night).
Note: You may use only one Groupon per night. Only valid during happy hour (Thursday–Saturday, 6 p.m.–10 p.m.) and Sunday nights.
SFWeekly.com hailed Butter as the Best White-Trash Diner: > * If you’re tired of swanky speakeasies and clubs with dress codes, come on down and enjoy some wholesome, all-American, artery-clogging, trailer-park fun at Butter. – SFweekly.com
Along with earning four stars from Yelpers and Citysearchers. Butter boasts more than 800 Facebook fans and has been featured on Best of the City: > * Very funny drink specials and snacks. – audreyjl, Citysearch > * Great, non-pretentious place to have a drink, dance and enjoy the DJ! – ksjjj, Citysearch
Heroes of Irony
The menu at Butter taps into the raw strangeness of the American experience in a way that transcends irony and reemerges as giddy nostalgia. Of course, some self-conscious trendsetters are so deep into ironic culture that they’ve actually set world records for irony. Who are some of the greats?
- Pete Tenuta, Austin, Texas: Replaced every single item of clothing in wardrobe with second-hand Spice Girls merchandise culled from thrift stores and online auctions.
- Deborah “Dee” Milakis, Champaign, Illinois: Liquidated entire life-savings in order to bankroll direct to video Pluto Nash sequel.
- Brother Alban, Blantyre Priory, Lanarkshire: When fellow monk observed that it was raining, Alban broke 17-year vow of silence, replying, “Duh.”
- Kitt Saskell: World’s first Sarcastronaut.
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 8, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Groupon valid toward food and only 1 drink. Must redeem in single visit. Valid only during happy hour, Thurs.-Sat. 6-10pm and Sun. 9pm-2am. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Featured on Travel Channel's Feed the Beast and hailed as the area's Best White Trash Diner by SF Weekly, Butter reunites patrons with deep-fried and microwaveable specialties reminiscent of afterschool indulgences. The full bar and restaurant pairs its premium well drinks and 16-ounce tall cans with dishes including tater tots, mini corn dogs, and deep-fried pog slammers. Chefs infuse cocktails with grape and strawberry sodas, and pillage a pantry to turn up desserts including twinkies and deep-fried peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. In the midst of glowing beer signs and traditional bar décor, a Winnebago emerges from the wall guided by neon headlights. Against this backdrop, Butter hosts a regular array of themed parties such as retro Fridays, house music Saturdays, and karaoke Sundays.