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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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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.
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