Where to Get a Taste of Mardi Gras in Dallas

Atchafalaya with crawfish étouffée from the Alligator Cafe. Photography by Kevin Hunter Marple.

Cajun food is soul food. There’s nothing better than chowing down on a bowl of gumbo or crawfish etouffee that makes your insides feel warm and gooey – which is exactly how I spent Mardi Gras in New Orleans last year. I ate fried oyster po’ boys and laughed at all the drunk people. I scarfed down beignets at 2 am sitting next to a table of old grandmas wearing inappropriate clothing for their age. And mine, for that matter. Since you can’t get the whole Mardi Gras experience here in Dallas (and let’s face it, who doesn’t like watching debauchery sometimes?), here’s where you should go to get a taste:

Jump for some Cajun cravings

King CakesThat’s the Cake Bakery is selling King cakes in two flavors: cheesecake and cinnamon. They’re $14 each, 12 inches round, and you should order them three days before you need to pick up. They’ll also make special cupcakes with Mardi Gras colors if you request.

2540 King Arthur Blvd., Ste. 111
Lewisville, TX 75056 Get Directions »
214-402-7355 (phone)

Mardi Gras PiesEmporium Pie Pop Up Shop has a top-secret Mardi Gras special at their test location this weekend. Young piemakers Megan Wilkes and Mary Guantt will also be offering the “Drunken Nut” (bourbon pecan with shortbread crust) and the “Smooth Operator” (French silk chocolate in a crispy pretzel crust). Our lucky contributor, Daniel Walker, is visiting on Saturday, and should be back with a full report.

314 N. Bishop Ave.Dallas, TX 75208
February 18, 20129 am-2 pm
February 19, 20122 pm-7 pm

Gumbo Party– KNON 89.3 FM radio is hosting its 12th Annual Mardi Gras Gumbo Party at Poor David’s Pub this Sunday from 5 to 10 pm. The Alligator Cafe, Offshores Nextdoor, Louisiana Red, Crawdads of Dallas, and Fish City Grill will be vying for the “Best Gumbo of Dallas” title. Gumbo tasting lasts from 5 to 7 pm.

Sunday, February 19
Poor David’s Pub
1313 South Lamar Street , Dallas, TX
5 – 10 pm
$15 – $20

Crawfish Boil– There’s a pre-parade crawfish boil with a side of jambalaya at the Mardi Gras Oak Cliff celebration. Click here for more details.

February 19, 2012 2 pm
Bishops Arts District

Fat TuesdayFish City Grill is doing a Fat Tuesday celebration at all locations on Tuesday, February 21st. Get your beads, New Orleans BBQ, crawfish, and shrimp fix inside a festive atmosphere. Plenty of local musicians should be there to jazz up the sound.

If you know some top-secret Mardi Gras food celebrations, write them below in the comments.


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  • The Alligator Cafe
    Fat Tuesday Party

    Please Come Celebrate Our last Fat Tuesday and our last day here on Live Oak. We will throwdown February 21st Starting at 5 pm!!!
    The Festivities will include:
    • Live Music featuring Hashbrown, Cheryl Arena, Miss Marcie and many more.
    • A full Buffet with almost everything we serve on the menu offered for only $25 which includes tax, drink, beads, live music and much more(cheap!!) Kids 10 and under only $12
    • We don’t have a beer and wine liscence so it will be FREE!! Yes we will have kegs of good beer and wine, please drink responsibly.
    • We will have live boiled crawfish on the buffet but since its early in the season it will be limited, please get here early.

    Most of this will take place outside, we will have some shelter, heaters, and tables but please dress warmly if weather will be cold. we are limited on our tent size and of course inside is limited seating so look at it as an old fashioned keg party but with great food.

  • Don’t forget the Bloody Marys! What else are you going to drink when you get up at 8 in the am to start the parade day. New Orleans style Garden District Bloody Marys are the recipe of my Great Aunt Gladys who lived in the Garden District of New Olreans, and always hosted a party for the Thon parade. Made locally in Dallas. Comes with Have A Bloody Mary Mardi Gras gift tags. Available at Specs Dallas, Bolsa Mercado, Kindred Spirits, Tallulah Belle, Brumley Gardens, The Shoppes of Brownstone Village, Crockett Street Bottle shop and more!

    Will be doing tastings on Mardi Gras day (21st) at Specs on 75 and Walnut Hill.

    Take these as a hostess present to whatever party you are going. Or heck, drink as your watch the coverage.

  • Come celebrate the biggest Fat Tuesday party in Dallas at The Quarter at 3301 McKinney Ave. in Uptown! We will serve up a free New Orleans-themed buffet during Happy Hour, and slurp it down with Abita beer and Hurricanes! 4PM-2AM

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  • Wow! can’t believe SideDish totally neglected to mention its own native, Dallas-based, locally owned Cajun-themed restaurant company, Razzoo’s Cajun Cafes!
    All 11 Razzoo’s Cajun Cafés in the Dallas/Fort Worth area are once again hosting Fat Tuesday celebrations in honor of Mardi Gras!
    We have great specials today/tonite:
    Boiled Cajun Crawfish $4.99/pound
    $5 Rat Toes, Boudin, or Fried Frog Legs
    $3 Frozen Hurricanes, $3 Abita Drafts

    All restaurants will be serving dinner, but THE BIGGEST PARTY will be at the Razzoo’s in Lewisville on 1-35 … with well-known live band “Professor D” taking the stage 6:30pm – 10:30 pm. With today’s fabulous weather, the party will be on the patio … overlooking the lake .. it will be a blast!
    For a list of Razzoo’s locations in Dallas, McKinney, Plano, Garland, Cedar Hill, Arlington, Irving & Fort Worth, go to: http://razzoos.com/find-us