Mardi Gras

Where to Let Loose on Mardi Gras

Ten places to barter for beads—or just dine on po'boys, gumbo, and crawfish.

By Katie Vincent February 7, 2013

Row House's shrimp po'boy and barbecue prawns, best enjoyed with a hurricane.

Image: Eric Over

Forget just one day of overindulgence. Michael Mina's downtown outpost is offering a themed tasting menu all of February. For $80 fill up on oyster chowder, chicken and foie gras croquettes, barbeque prawns, Cajun sweetbreads, and king cake. Wine pairings are available for $48–$64. 

Toulouse Petit
The Fat Tuesday festivities actually kick off on Thursday, February 7 with live music from Tubaluba Brass Band. The fun continues through the weekend with more music and themed activities like Monday’s Bartender Smack Down Contest. Tuesday brings performances by Market Street Dixieland Jazz Band and Heavenly Spies Burlesque, as well as a prix fixe menu served between 5 and 10pm. For a full schedule of activities visit Toulouse Petit’s Facebook page. 

Where Ya At Matt
King cake is back at Matthew Lewis's roving Cajun kitchen. Have a slice for $4 or preorder a whole one for $35, but either way consume with care—per tradition a plastic baby is hidden inside. Be the one to find it and win a free slice. On Fat Tuesday find Lewis at the Starbucks HQ in SoDo, then later on Capitol Hill at Quentin Ertel's Havana bash.

...Which once again is shaping up to be rather epic. DJ Greg Vandy of KEXP returns for this second annual bash, as does the Tubaluba Brass Band at 7pm. Where Ya At Matt will be there until supplies run out, pecan pie and po’boys at the ready. More info available on Havana’s facebook page. No cover charge.

Le Bon Ton Roule
Sip on drink specials like passion fruit puree hurricanes or for something straight out of the French Quarter, the liver-blasting Hand Grenade—a lime green concoction of gin, vodka, rum, and grain alcohol. Dance party begins at 8:30pm with live-streamed radio from New Orleans station WWOZ. 

Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen
Nola-born chef Bo Maisano knows his Creole cuisine, and demonstrates as much with a holiday bill of etouffee, jambalaya, beignets, and king cake of course. The cake is reserved for Fat Tuesday, but the rest of menu is available starting February 8.

The Row House Cafe
A southern chef through and through, Cindy Rosen cooks up a morning-to-night “mo’ phatt” menu featuring catfish Lafayette, barbeque prawns, po’boys, and bourbon pecan tart. Happy hour stretches all the day long, with $6 sazeracs, ramos fizzes, West Bank moonshine, and more. 

On Fat Tuesday, Jeffrey Wilson's Capitol Hill comfort food den is all about andouille sausage gumbo and oyster po’boys. Wash them down with a grand sazarac: rye whiskey, Grand Marnier, and absinthe. 

Jemil’s Big Easy
Swing by Seattle’s other Creole food truck (the yellow one) at Second and Pike between 11 and 2 for assorted freebies: alligator balls and T-shirts for the first 100 and 25 customers, respectively, and homemade pralines for anyone bedecked in beads. 

Judkins St. Cafe
The Central District’s no-frills diner hands over the kitchen to chef Kim O’Donnel on February 12. The author of The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations is prepping a prix fixe dinner of vegan variants on Cajun cuisine. For $23 enjoy hush puppies, tofu with red beans and brown rice, and bread pudding with boozy citrus sauce. For reservations call 206-322-1091.

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