A Guide to Election Day Freebies and Specials in the Bay Area

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SF elections in the Bay Area always fall somewhere between a sporting event and politics. This occasion frequently couples with huge annual functions at local bars accompanied by customers eating or drinking in commemoration or misery. However, this year differs from the previous ones. A Bay Area reporter has revealed that officers in the usual election hot spots such as San Francisco’s Castro District encourage people to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus by staying at home. The SF Business Times disclosed proprietors building up storefronts at bars, restaurants, and businesses in the city. These are attempts made to prevent any damages that may occur from any public disruptions that come after.

The best election day specials are available on November 3, 2020. These menu specials are the ones you can pick during the daytime or enjoy during a chilling night at home. Listed below are some of the customers’ deemed supreme offerings, along with additional freebies and deals that these shops have in store.

1. Press

Address: 587 St. Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574

Hotline: 707-967-0550

Website: https://www.pressnapavalley.com/store/product/election-night-happy-meal/

The special PRESS Happy Meal is back for diners to savor after casting your votes on election day. For just $25, chef Philip Tessier puts forward a “happy meal” consisting of black truffle fries, a fried chicken sandwich, a chocolate chip cookie, and a soda all included in one combo. Pre-orders are either in person or online. This meal is only available on Tuesday, and the pick-up time is between 5-8:30 p.m. 

2. 1951 Coffee Company

Address: 2410 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Hotline: (510) 280-6171

Website: https://www.1951coffee.com/

The 1951 Coffee Company’s chief branch is giving away drip coffee free of charge. It is only obtainable all day on November 3 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

3. Balboa Cafe

Address: 3199 Filmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Hotline: (415) 921-3944

Website: https://www.balboacafesf.com/

Balboa Cafe and sister restaurant White Rabbit both offer taco deals on election day Tuesday. For only $5, Balboa Cafe will give buyers who order at their walk-up window two carnitas tacos with Pineapple Salsa. White Rabbit, meanwhile, is presenting barbacoa tacos with tomatillo salsa for only $2 each. People who have “I voted” stickers will get an additional $2 discount. 

4. Shake Shack

Address: 3060 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Hotline: (415) 405-4618

Website: https://www.shakeshack.com/location/cow-hollow-san-francisco-ca/ utm_source=G&utm_medium=local&utm_campaign=google-local

Shake Shack gives any badged voting poll worker a free burger to honor the poll staff’s hard work during election day.

5. Palm House

Address: 2032 Unison St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Hotline: (415) 400-4355

Website: https://www.palmhousesf.com/

Palm House and sister restaurant The Dorian offer Instagram-savvy voters one cent drinks. A 1 cent slushy is earned by those who tag @palmhousesf in an “I voted” post on Instagram (typically priced as  $9.95 that includes two types of rum and a fruit of your choosing). Meanwhile, people who tag @thedoriansf are qualified for a 1 cent Frosé. Offers for both stores are only available until November 3, 2020.

6. Super Duper Burgers

Address: 346 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Hotline: (415) 677-9936

Website: https://www.superduperburgers.com/?utm_source=yext&utm_medium=gmb

All Super Duper Burger chains give away a free order of fries to any shopper who goes in with an “I voted” sticker. The free offer is only accessible on November 3, 2020, and is limited to only one fries order per person. Additionally, walk-up or drive-through customers are more likely to try this one-day treat.

7. Santino’s Vino

Address: 2101 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Hotline: (415) 922-4700

Website: http://santinosvino.com/

Those with “I voted” stickers get to have a free-dessert add-on if they decide to visit the classic Pac Heights red sauce and pizza junction on election day Tuesday. Voters who purchase dinner at Santino’s Vino can get a free order of loukoumades, a type of Greek fried dough dish served with cinnamon, walnuts, gelato, and raw honey.

8. Canelo Bistro and Wine Bar

Address: 2272 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Hotline: (415) 552-3000

Website: https://canelasf.com/

Canela is providing an election night to-go menu for two for $99. The special includes two bottles of wine of your choosing, a selection of Spanish cheeses, veggies and labneh dip, Catalan coca with vegetables, fried chicken drumettes, an apple tart, and freshly-made bread. They will also add an election-themed book titled “Mad Libs” while stocks last. Orders are only accessible from November 3 until 5 p.m.