Soak up savories and savory sounds with today’s jazz-drenched Groupon. For $15, you’ll get $30 worth of audible and epicurean delights at Coda, a recently opened multisensory Mission Street supper club.
Exposed brick and beams, leather booths, and glossy wooden tables modernize the musically delicious experience. Sip an On The Skizz ($9), a lively libation made with Jameson, fresh lemon juice, ginger beer, blood orange bitters, and a splash of pomegranate juice; or pick a pour from the wine on tap. If you're hungry, Coda offers an impressive selection of greens, from standard Caesar to goat-cheese-enhanced brussel sprout salad, tossed with toasted garlic and sherry dressing ($8). The menu is separated into starches, vegetables, and meats and fishes. Vegetarians can try the roasted butternut squash and brussel sprouts in sage brown butter ($4), or tri-colored sautéed cauliflower ($4.50). Seafood choices include garlic sauced crab ravioli ($15.50) and seared arctic char ($20.50).
Nightly live jazz (or R&B or funk or blues) enhances the Cal-Mediterranean fare. Break up a lagging work week with global funk Wednesdays or wrap up a wild weekend with smooth, sultry Latin beats on Sunday nights. All jazz shows have a cover charge, ranging from $7 to $10; it's $5, if you're staying after dinner. (You must reserve a table by 8 p.m., if you want to keep it for the music.) You can use any leftover Groupon value toward cover.). Check the online calendar of upcoming shows before visiting.
If your significant other, out-of-town holidaytime relative, or roommate has an obnoxious laugh or overzealous chewing habit, the soothing tunes here will mask the sound and make mealtime much more enjoyable. Coda is open for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and music starts at 9 p.m. on weekdays, 10 p.m. on weekends, and 8 p.m. on Sundays.
- the experience is fun and festive...Excellent cocktails. – Matthew Stafford, SF Weekly
- Coda, a recent addition to the San Francisco scene, has found a winning formula that should please budget-minded foodies looking for top-shelf Bay Area Latin, funk and jazz combos, too. – Andrew Gilbert, Mercury News
As American as Jazz Music
Jazz has been called "America's music," or even, "America's second best invention after bagel squares with cream cheese built in." When jazz first emerged in the early 20th century, numerous towns and cities passed ordinances prohibiting the music, believing that animals that heard jazz would become enraged and demand the right to shop for clothes in people stores.
The feared animal uprising never happened and Americans embraced jazz and jazz musicians, often giving them colorful nicknames, such as "Fancy Fingers" and "'Ol Skin Bag." Jazz faced its toughest challenge in 1936, when it was stolen by the French, who attempted to use the improvisational music to power a series of submarines. France and the United States sent their five best warriors into an ancient temple to battle for the future of jazz, but all 10 fighters became friends and moved in together. Thereafter, jazz returned to the United States on its own, where it remains popular today.
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