Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is right around the corner. Mardi Gras is historically the last hoorah before Lent, for those of Christian faith. Everyone is invited to celebrate Fat Tuesday, February 13th, 2024, by indulging in Cajun inspired menus, and events.
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Dining & Specials
While Fat Tuesday is the most notable day of celebration, indulgence in cajun-inspired cuisine has no expiration date. If you are out and about looking to get your fix, check out Bayou Kitchen on Forest Ave.
Please note, Bayou Kitchen is closed on Tuesdays.
Pizza joints can get in on the Mardi Gras fun too. Coals Bayside will be celebrating Mardi Gras Tuesday with homemade chicken and sausage gumbo, a special surprise pizza. To drink? Beer from Louisiana of course!
Andy’s will be celebrating Fat Tuesday with special menu items including house made Jambalaya, and pancakes all day! They will also have Kings Cup cocktails and Kings Cake Shots as well as $5 house margaritas.
Did you know that Mardi Gras has meaning to various cultural groups? The Polish have a rich history of celebrating Paczki Day, also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. Join HiFi Donuts to indulge in traditional paczki stuffed with strawberry jam or red current.
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Co-Owner Moses is no stranger to Mardi Gras celebrations. Share in the tokens of his travel that inspire the food and culture of Hot Suppa found decorating the restaurant. Portland’s Southern Kitchen and Bar will be open for brunch Tuesday, 8am – 2pm serving up Shrimp and Grits, and spicy Bloody’s.
Po Boy’s restaurant on Forest Ave may be small, but their oversized po’boys and hearty Cajun eats can fill any empty stomach. For Mardi Gras, they’re offering a $4 canned beer special, including craft beer. If that wasn’t enough, you can enter the Mardi Grass Raffle! In-store customers who purchase a sandwich, french fry, and soda combo will will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes. Winner selected Fat Tuesday.
Just outside of Portland, is South Portland’s very own Cajun Seafood House, the Shaking Crab. Open 11:30am – 10pm, their menu has a robust offering of seafood combos, complete with corn, potatoes, and sausage sides.
Two Fat Cat’s is baking up Mini King Cakes decorated with vanilla glaze and Mardi Gras sprinkles, in addition to a special savory dish of red beans and rice for two!
Join for an evening filled with the infectious rhythms of New Orleans-style music performed live by Charlie Brown from 4:30pm to 7pm. Quench your thirst with $1.95 pints and treat yourself to exclusive New Orleans Frozen Irish coffee, available for just $7.95. It’s the perfect way to soak up the festive atmosphere and let loose on Fat Tuesday!
Let the good times roll! MCD will come alive with the soul-stirring sounds of Glen David Andrews for Mardi Gras. Hailing from New Orleans’ historic Treme neighborhood, Glen David Andrews’ powerful trombone and commanding vocals will transport you straight to the heart of the Crescent City. Soggy Po Boys will also be bringing their infectious rhythms and toe-tapping tunes to the stage. These New Englanders are on a mission to spread the gospel of New Orleans. And if that’s not enough, The Nightshades, a Portland-based quartet, will keep the party going with their New Orleans funk and soul.
When: Friday, February 9th // Doors at 6pm
One Longfellow Square is bringing the vibrant spirit of New Orleans to Portland, Maine with the Heather Pierson Band. Playing traditional jazz, NOLA-inspired originals, and Mardi Gras favorites, get ready to don your beads and laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll).
When: Friday, February 9th // Show 8pm