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February is Black History Month, and some of our black-owned businesses around town have special events happening.

1300 on Fillmore

1300 Fillmore St. at Eddy, 415-771-7100.

1300 on Fillmore is celebrating Black History Month with events and specials all month-long. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, catch a wine tasting called Sips with Soul, a salute to African American vintners, from 5:30-8:30pm. Tickets are $85 per person, and include appetizers and, of course, plenty of wine. They’ve also got book signings and special menus planned this month; give them a call for reservations and details.

Farmer Brown

25 Mason St. at Market, 415-409-3276.

For some of the best soul food in town, head to Farmer Brown for dinner, brunch, or a drink. Bonus: the socially conscious restaurant sources a lot of its ingredients from African American–owned businesses.

Gussie's Chicken and Waffles

1521 Eddy St. at Fillmore, 415-409-2529.

Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles is open for weekday brunch at 11am Tuesday–Friday, with brunch on the weekends starting at 9am. If chicken and waffles aren’t your thing, check out their sandwiches, salads, and the blackened catfish with eggs. Oh, and the macaroni and cheese rocks.

Old Skool Cafe

1429 Mendell St. at Third St., 415-822-8531.

Old Skool Café not only has great soulful international dishes, but it’s also a violence prevention program for at-risk and foster youth that provides training and support. It all happens in a 1940s-themed supper club.

Radio Africa & Kitchen

4800 Third St. at Oakdale, 415-420-2486.

There’s more to African American cuisine than soul food, as exemplified by Radio Africa & Kitchen, where the menu is inspired by seasonal California cooking and chef Eskender Aseged’s native Ethiopia. They’ve just launched their February menu, and they’ll also have live jazz every Thursday night from 6­–8pm.

Bissap Baobab

3372 19th St. at Mission, 415-643-3558.

Check out the Senegalese cuisine and fun drinks at Bissap Baobab in the Mission. There’s often music, as well.