Forgot to order a king cake? Can’t make it to a parade in New Orleans, but still want to celebrate Mardi Gras?
Memphis has several Cajun-themed restaurants and bars, many of which are planning specials for Fat Tuesday, March 4th.
You may associate Mardi Gras season with beads and costumes. And yes, we have Thanksgiving feasts, Halloween candy, and Christmas cookies, but no other holiday is quite as rooted in food and drink as Mardi Gras, as Fat Tuesday’s religious roots stipulate a final celebration and indulgence before the season of Lent.)
Again, Memphis offers plenty of delicious-sounding options to partake on Tuesday. Here are a few.
Bayou Bar & Grill
The Mighty Souls Brass Band will play live music while customers can down $3 pints all night and chow on plenty of boiled crawfish.
The Lannie McMillan Jazz Trio will play live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, while customers can enjoy $5 Hurricanes, $3 Abita beers, and $5 wines.
In addition to bead tosses from the balcony and king cake for dessert, chef Jody Moyt will offer a variety of appetizers and entrees like fried crab claws, oysters Dunbar, and trout Rex (pecan-encrusted rainbow fillets over a Mardi Gras vegetable medley, squash zucchini and purple cabbage, with hollandaise and crab meat).
The Boiling Point
No theme party this year, but there will be plenty of $5 Hurricanes, $3 Fireball shots, and $5 Jager Bombs.
For the food-inclined, The Boiling Point offers live crawfish, po-boys, red beans and rice, gumbo and frog legs.
The Second Line
According to chef Kelly English, the restaurant will offer fried chicken for Fat Tuesday, which he calls “real, actual Mardi Gras food.” The bartenders are coming up with some fun drink specials for Tuesday as well.
Want to celebrate, but can’t do it on a weeknight? The Second Line will offer a boudin hot dog this weekend.
The courses include oyster soup with Kerfluffle Oatmeal Stout, deep-fried pork terrine with either Fleur Verte Belgian Pale Ale or Holy Candy, boudin-stuffed quail with Ananda and beignets with Gotta Get Up To Get Down Coffee Milk Stout. Reservations are required: 581-0541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.