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Mardi Gras events around Atlanta

Credit: AP Photo/Judi Bottoni

Credit: AP Photo/Judi Bottoni

I’ve got Mardi Gras on the brain.

Maybe it is because I’m heading to New Orleans this weekend, or maybe it is because dressing up like a moron, eating delicious Cajun food, and day-drinking are a few of my favorite things. Whatever the reason, Mardi Gras is nearly upon us, and I thought I would share some of the Fat Tuesday inspired events happening around Atlanta, for those of you who won’t be able to head to Louisiana for the real thing.

These are just a few of the Mardi Gras parties coming up, so if you know of any other good ones, let me know!

I’m attending at least one of these events, though I can’t show favoritism and say which one. Just look for the guy dressed like an idiot with a hurricane stain on his shirt.

Parish Food and Goods – Inman Park

3rd Annual Mardi Gras Celebration

Enjoy live music by Charlie Wooten and Zydefunk as well as authentic New Orleans staples from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket cost is $40 and includes all you can eat crawfish, red beans and rice, house made king cake, and all you can drink Abita beer. There will also be additional cash bar items such as oysters, Whynatte shots, “Mardi Gras Lemonade”, and Bloody Mary’s. Book your tickets in advance, with a reservation and receive $5 off the ticket price. 11 a.m.- 4p.m., Saturday, March 5th. 240 N. Highland Ave., Inman Park. 404-681-4434, $35 in advance, $40 at the gate.

Front Page News – Little 5 Points

4th Annual L5P Mardi Gras Music and Food Festival

Front Page news will host its 4th annual Mardi Gras party this Saturday, Feb. 26th. Festivities begin at noon at include seven different musical acts, including Col. Bruce Hampton & Pharoh Gummit, as well as a wide selection of New Orleans style food and drink specials. If you love oysters and want to test your mettle, try your hand at the oyster eating contest. Proceeds benefit the Tipitina’s Foundation. Noon – 9 p.m. (Outside), 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. (Inside), Feb 26th. 351 A Moreland Ave., Little 5 Points. 404-475-7777, General Admission: $10 in advance or $15 at the gate, VIP: $50 in advance, $75 at the gate.

Rosebud – Va. Highland

Fat Saturday Mardi Gras Brunch

From 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 5th, Chef Ron Eyester of Rosebud will transform their regular brunch menu into an homage to Fat Tuesday. The special menu includes crawfish and andouille sausage crepes, crispy alligator tails, buttermilk fried oysters Sardou, and fried Krispy Kreme doughnut bread pudding. Traditional Mardi Gras drinks, such as the classic hurricane served in a yard glass, will be available as well. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. March 5th. 1397 N. Highland Ave., Virginia Highland. 404-347-9747, $-$$

Serpas True Food

On Tuesday, March 8, Serpas True Food will bring Fat Tuesday to Atlanta with Mardi Gras themed food, drinks and décor. Executive Chef and Owner Scott Serpas, a New Orleans native, will serve a menu including Seafood Gumbo, Crawfish Pie, Red Beans & Rice and Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya, all priced at $10 each. Diners will conclude their Mardi Gras feasts with King Cake, a special addition to the dessert menu. 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., March 8th. 404-688-0040, $-$$

- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

- Jon Watson writes about Popular Eats for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Live To Feast

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February 23rd, 2011
4:21 pm

Love New Orleans – if you make it to the Gumbo Shop down in the quarter, get the best Bloody Mary you ever had (ask for extra pickled green beans), an order of gumbo & an order of alligator sausage (not on the menu, but ask for it – comes with the best-ever mustard sauce).

Also, Restaurant August has a 3-course lunch M-F for like $20 that is unbelievable. It usually costs $100 to go there for dinner, so I would reccomend that.


February 23rd, 2011
4:37 pm

Jon -I’ll be in NOLA this weekend too!! What are your recommendations for cannot miss restaurants?


February 23rd, 2011
4:47 pm

Please go visit Stanley for breakfast. Bloody’s and fried oysters/fried soft shell crab benedict. Unreal.


February 23rd, 2011
4:51 pm

Test your “mettle.” And yes, I know I’m a dork.

Thanks for the heads-up! These look like fun.

Junior Samples

February 23rd, 2011
5:05 pm


Jon Watson

February 23rd, 2011
5:27 pm

@Foodgeek – thanks for the heads up. As I wrote that I knew in the back of my head that it wasn’t right and meant to double back and correct it, but forgot.

@Liz – I wish I had some good suggestions for you, but most of my trips to NOLA were back in college, so Acme Oyster house was about as fancy as I got. I’m dying to go to Cochon, though I don’t think that I will have time on this trip :(

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February 23rd, 2011
9:12 pm

One word: Gallatoires.


February 24th, 2011
1:34 am

You really need to try like hell to get to Cochon, the things that they do with pig parts there are unbelievable. The Cochon butchershop next door makes the best muffaletta sandwich I’ve ever had with homemade salami and such…….The thing that also stand out are the crispy fried pig ears…..YUMMY

Big Fat Bloody

February 24th, 2011
10:25 pm

For those of you hosting, before mixing your Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary, refer to the experts: