Mardi Gras Happenings: Where to Eat, Drink and Fat Tuesday

It’s officially Mardi Gras ya’ll! Here are a few ways to get some pre-Lenten debauchery and amazing Cajun eats from now through Fat Tuesday. Do us a favor and keep your shirts on though; this is Austin, not NOLA.

Get Your Cajun On

Get Your Cajun On

It’s King Cake Season!

Need some luck that only finding a tiny plastic baby Jesus buried in sweet pastry dough can give you? The Austin Chronicle has you covered with a full round up of places selling official Mardi Gras King Cakes, but for my money, I’m heading to Easy Tiger. Their version is good enough to enjoy with or without a prize.

Not in the mood to share? Epicerie is featuring mini king cakes ($6) through Tuesday, March 4. Other special items include venison and gator gumbo and beignets.

Weekend Happenings

Eden East is infusing a little Louisiana flavor into this weekend’s dinner offerings. The menu includes everything from oysters Laveau to redfish Rex. As always, Eden East is BYOB, or in this case, BYOH (bring your own hurricanes). For reservations and other details, go here.

The Scoot Inn is combining Carnival with Mardi Gras this weekend. On Saturday evening, Austin Samba will be joined by friends from around the globe for a little live music celebration. Enjoy bands from Brazil, Louisiana and Trinidad beginning at 7:00pm. Tickets are available at the door for $12 or $6 with valid student ID.

Fat Tuesday Fun

Evangeline Café knows a thing or two about Mardi Gras, and to prove it, the South Austin Creole restaurant is hosting a Fat Tuesday bash complete with music and plenty of authentic eats. Get your party on beginning at 6pm on March 4.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen will be holding an official Fat Tuesday celebration from 5-10pm on March 4. The Mardi Gras menu will include complete with étouffées, boudin and King Cakes. In addition, there will be $5 Pepe Z Tequila drinks and music from the Austin Cajun Aces. More details can be found here.

Banger’s is hosting a Fat Tuesday celebration from 8-11pm with plenty of Cajun eats and live music from Bayou bands. In addition, Banger’s is featuring Louisiana inspired specials from now until Tuesday, March 4. In addition to rotating boudin selections, guests can also enjoy beignets and shrimp sausage po’boys daily.

In an attempt to turn 4th Street into Bourbon Street on Tuesday, Péché will be hosting “Vert Mardi Gras,” with $5 absinthe all night.

And finally, here are a few restaurants not mentioned above that celebrate the flavors of Louisiana cuisine 365 days a year that are always a sure fire win, Mardi Gras or no Mardi Gras!

Shoal Creek Saloon – Mentioned here, Shoal Creek Saloon is a springtime favorite, thanks to their spicy weekend crawfish boils and fried catfish Fridays.

Nubian Queen Lola – The best-named restaurant in town is also home to some of the best authentic New Orleans cuisine in town. Top pick for sure!

Turf ‘n Surf Po’ Boy – While the trailer turned Lavaca Street Bar in house eatery isn’t strictly Cajun, it does have one of the best po’ boys in town. Turf ‘n Surf’s expansive menu of land options is impressive, but it’s the fresh seafood that makes this place a standout.

The Original New Orleans Po-Boy and Gumbo ShopWith three trailer eateries, a good po’ boy is never hard to find, thanks to the The Original New Orleans Po-Boy and Gumbo Shop. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for locations and special events!

Quality Seafood – I would be remiss not to add Quality to any list centered on Louisiana-style cooking, but I must confess their gumbo doesn’t kill it. However, the same cannot be said for just about everything else on the menu, so celebrate with some barbecue shrimp, oysters and fried catfish instead!

Pancake Bonus: Blue Ox BBQ – Now this ‘cue trailer is certainly not Cajun, but it’s not official Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday without a helping of pancakes at some point. Blue Ox throws down quite the pancake brunch each Sunday, so there is no time like the present to head over to Buzz Mill’s backyard to get your fill.

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