Carnival season is upon us, y’all! Atlanta may be lacking a French Quarter, but we are not deprived of the robust flavors indicative of New Orleans thanks to several Cajun/creole restaurants in the Atlanta area. There are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the spirit of indulgence associated with Mardi Gras between now and Fat Tuesday, whether you observe the Lenten period that follows or not. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the beautiful Spring-like weather we’ve been spoiled with recently holds up for the festivities!
Little 5 Points Mardi Gras Fest at Front Page News:
Front Page News is hosting their 4th annual Mardi Gras party this Saturday, February 26th in Little 5 Points. There are 7 live musical acts slated to perform outside beginning at 12:30 p.m. The first half of the celebration is a family friendly event, with kid’s activities and face painting from 2-6 p.m. Revelers must be at least 21 years of age when the party moves indoors at 9 p.m. There will be a New Orleans inspired menu, including jambalaya, muffalata, craw fish, and Hurricane drink specials available, and an oyster eating contest. Oh, and BEADS! Wouldn’t be a Mardi Gras celebration without the colorful beads, right?
Where: Front Page News (L5P)
351 A Moreland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307
When: Saturday, February 26th, Noon – 3 a.m.
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Children 16 and under are admitted FREE with parent or guardian until 9 p.m.
*This event will take place rain or shine
3rd Annual Mardi Gras Celebration at Parish:
This beautiful Inman Park restaurant housed in a historic Terminal Building offers Southern cuisine that incorporates French, Spanish, French Caribbean and African flavors. They pull out all the stops for their annual Mardi Gras celebration that takes place on Saturday, March 5th from 11am – 4pm. Live bands will be performing outside behind the restaurant, and the $40 admission gets you all the craw fish, New Orleans style sandwiches, red beans and rice, and King Cake you can eat, plus all the Abita beer you can drink to wash it all down. There will be additional menu items available for additional purchase. If you reserve a ticket in advance, you get $5 off! Just contact the restaurant by calling 404.681.4434 to reserve with a credit card, which will not be charged until the day of the event.
240 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307
When: Saturday, March 5th, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $35 advance tickets with reservation, or $40 day of. Admission includes all-you-can-eat and drink specials.
*This event will take place rain or shine.
For those of you looking to forgo the bead throwing crowds, but would still like to enjoy the flavors of New Orleans this Mardi Gras season, there are many restaurants around town that serve up Cajun favorites year round. Try N’awlins in East Atlanta village for authentic Cajun/creole/Italian cuisine. Chef Franky Capobiancorelocated to Atlanta after hurricane Katrina and brought his home-town cuisine along with him. Or head over to Downtown Decatur to get your fix at New Orleans SnoBall Cafe. Just be sure to bring cash, as that is the only form of payment accepted. A place you wouldn’t think to go for a New Orleans twist, Across the Street in Old Fourth Ward, is a Mexican restaurant that just so happens to be owned by New Orleans enthusiasts. Every Tuesday between now and Fat Tuesday (March 8th), you can stop in for New Orleans inspired specials. Yum!
Laissez bon temps rouler!