Let the Good Times Roll

Gumbo, king cakes, beignets, shrimp creole, po’ boys. There are several restaurants and events around town to make plans for Fat Tuesday to honor the New Orleans traditions. According to history.com the celebration of Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday” takes place during ‘the days leading up to Lent, merrymakers would binge on all the meat, eggs, milk and cheese that remained in their homes, preparing for several weeks of eating only fish and fasting.’

For those of you who have attempted to have a “dry January” or started new diets and workout routines, this festival comes at just the right time to give yourself a break. We all deserve a reason to have a great time and what better way than to celebrate Fat Tuesday with friends at some of these restaurants. We have put together a list of places to celebrate New Orleans style cuisine and a few events to keep your eye on.

 

Photo: Cajun Queen | Crawfish

Charlotte

Cajun Queen | Elizabeth
Crawfish Scampi, Seafood Gumbo, Cajun Popcorn, Creole, Étouffée, or Diane selections, and live Jazz 7 days a week

Wu’s Cajun Seafood | SouthEnd
Gater Balls, Gumbo, Crab Roll, Jerk Calamari Po’boy

Boudreaux’s | NoDa
Po’boys, Bayou Burger, New Orleans Cheesesteak, Crab Cake Croissant, Smothered Po’boy

 

Photo: Cajun Yard Dog | Crawfish Boil

Surrounding Areas

Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe | Concord
Fried Gator Tail, Cajun Fondue, Crawfish Popcorn, Cajun Combo Skillet, Cajun Fried Steak, Étouffée, Jambalaya Pasta

Cajun Yard Dog | Fort Mill and Charlotte {Arboretum}
Crawfish Creole, Chicken Jambalaya, Shrimp & Andouille Pasta Blackened Meatloaf, Catfish Bites, Shrimp Étouffée

 

Photo: Suarez Bakery | King Cake

Desserts

Suarez Bakery ~ King Cake | available only by pre-order within 48 hours

Cajun Queen ~ Beignets

Cafe Monte ~ Beignets

Photo: @finickylady 300 East | Beignets

300 East ~ Beignets

Wu’s Cajun Seafood ~ Beignets

The Bakery Shoppe {Huntersville} ~ King Cake | unique options like the original cinnamon filled, topped with cheese, apples or lemon

 

Photo: Wu’s Cajun Seafood Mardi Gras Celebration

Events

7th Annual Charlotte Mardi Gras Parade of Beads Celebration 02-10-18
Admission to multiple bars at the Epicenter
Rooftop 210 | Uptown Charlotte

Mardi Gras Glow Up Silent Party 02-13-18
Silent dance party with three different DJ’s
The Press Box Bar & Grill | Charlotte

Mardi Crawl 02-10-18
Drink specials and entry to 6 different bars uptown
Flight Beer Garden & Music Hall | Uptown Charlotte

Let the Good Times Roll Seafood Bash 02-10-18
Multiple plate options with beer, wine or cider pairings
Three Spirits Brewery | Charlotte

A Taste of New Orleans Mardi Gras Celebration 02-09 through 02-13
6 course dinner & cocktail pairing
Wu’s Cajun Seafood | SouthEnd

 

Laissez les bon temps rouler ~ Let the good times roll 

While you’re at it, go ahead and mark March 5th 2019 on your calendar for next year’s celebrations!

 

Written by Jessica Moore | @finickylady