Not heading to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras this year? No problem. There are plenty of places right here in Los Angeles where you can celebrate the festive season on Fat Tuesday, March 4. (Yes, it’s OK to party on a Tuesday.) Whether you’re religious or hedonistic or a little of both, this is the time to get your grub on, drink up, and let the good times roll!
Original Farmers Market – www.farmersmarketla.com
This fun outdoor market will be hosting its 25th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration from Saturday, March 1 to Tuesday, March 4. (Pooch lovers take note: the annual dog parade and costume contest has been postponed til Easter this year.) Fat Tuesday itself will play host to live New Orleans and Zydeco music, bead-throwing, strolling parade bands, arts and crafts, face painting for kids, authentic Cajun food, beer, and a whole lot more.
Amoeba Music – www.amoeba.com
This Sunset Strip music megastore’s party starts at 3pm on Fat Tuesday with a DJ spinning Mardi Gras tunes, beads galore, a performance by the Orgone at 4pm, goodies for the kiddies and a parade at 4:30pm where everyone’s encouraged to bring an instrument and play “When The Saints Go Marching In.” There’s no cover charge and all are welcome.
Dominick’s & Little Dom’s – www.littledoms.com
Whether you’re on the Westside or Eastside, Dominick’s and Little Dom’s will be giving you a taste of N’awlins cooking with a special Cajun-inspired dinner menu on Fat Tuesday. New Orleans born Chef Brandon Boudet is whipping up everything from gumbo, jambalaya and crayfish pie to muffaletta sandwiches, beignets, mini king cakes for $8 or less.
Pearl’s Liquor Bar – www.pearlsliquorbar.com
TGIT! Pearl’s Masquerade Party starts at 8pm on Tuesday night and the two-story outdoor deck overlooking the Sunset Strip is about as close as you can get to Bourbon Street here in LA. There will be free Mardi Gras masks, complimentary cotton candy and popcorn, Bayou food specials (including a seafood boil) and NOLA-inspired cocktails like Pearl’s Hurricane and the Southern Belle. Let the good times roll!
Uncle Darrow’s – www.uncledarrows.com
There’s always Big Easy fun at LA’s own Uncle Darrow’s where you can get all the flavors of the Bayou … without the beef or pork. (Yes, it’s true!) The ultra-casual, family-owned restaurant in Marina del Rey is your one-stop spot for Southern delicacies such as gumbo, fried catfish, jambalaya, red beans and po’ boy sandwiches.
Long Beach Mardi Gras 2014 – www.lbmardigras.com
Rain or shine, Mardi Gras returns to Long Beach on Saturday, March 1 with a daylong festival that promises all the fun of a Big Easy celebration with an afternoon parade, music and dancing well into the night, masks, costumes, food, drinks, and of course, beads! The family-friendly festivities take place around The Pike at Rainbow Harbor as well as Shoreline Village and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Free admission.
Federal Bar - www.thefederalbar.com
The Federal Bar is bringing a little taste of Louisiana to Los Angeles with some special eats and tasty brews. Offered now through Fat Tuesday (March 4), the Bayou-themed menu includes a crawfish boil, jambalaya and beignet cake with chocolate and coffee sauce, plus Abita beer straight from their Louisiana brewery, SOS Pils, Turbo Dog Restoration Pale Ale, Jockamo IPA, Vanilla Double Dog and Mardi Gras Bock.
Tony’s Darts Away – www.tonysda.com
Just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s not decadent. This year for Fat Tuesday, Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank is giving their recurring Tuesday oyster night a Mardi Gras makeover with a selection of gulf oysters, lemon wedges and Tabasco sauce ($12), fried oyster po’ boys ($11), red beans & rice with vegan sausage, creole spices and white rice ($9) and jambalaya. Laissez les bons temps rouler!