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14 Best Places to Eat in New Orleans on Mardi Gras

February 22, 2022

New Orleans is best known for its incredible creole cuisine, jazz music, and MardiGras. Mardi Gras literally translates to "Fat Tuesday." Mardi Gras is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday. The celebration where people can eat rich fatty foods before Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, begins. 


Mardi Gras is a day to celebrate and eat rich foods, and there's no better place to partake than in New Orleans. That's why we've put together a list of the 14best restaurants to eat in New Orleans, especially during Mardi Gras. Enjoy this list featuring some of the best cajun and creole foods you can find.


 1.Josephine Estelle (600 Carondelet St (Lafayette


Josephine Estelle is a New Orleans osteria featuring classic southern-inspired Italian recipes from Award-Winning Chefs Andy Ticer & Michael Hudman. Thedelectable yet straightforward dishes focus on seasonal ingredients and homemade pasta.


 2. Cafe Maspero (601 Decatur St (at Toulouse St)) 

Known for its classic Louisiana fare, Café Maspero is one of the French Quarter's landmarks featuring signature Cajun and overstuffed creole sandwiches. Eat some of the best po'boys around and enjoy the old-world charm.


 3. Sylvain (625 Chartres St) 

Sylvain touts itself as an unruly southern bistro and encourages fun while amongst friends in this iconic restaurant. Named after the first opera held in NewOrleans, dine in a gorgeous historic carriage house built in the 1700s. Sylvain embodies the energy that makes up everything New Orleans stands for, featuring classic southern cuisine and famous for their fun, locally inspired cocktails. 


 4. Sobou (310 Chartres St) 

Sobouis located in the sleek W hotel features a modern-day take on a Creole saloon just south of Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. The menu features small bites and big bites alike with classic Creole dishes like the Rustic Cajun Gumbo. The menu is consistently changing, so every visit allows you to experience new flavors and eats. 


 5. Justine (225 Chartres St) 

Experience the charm and glamour that Justine has to offer. Justine is a traditionalParisian brasserie that blends the spicy, fun flavors of the south with classicFrench fare in a stylish setting. Justine makes for an intimate, fun experience where you can try escargot and shrimp and grits all in the same meal. 


 6. Crescent City Brewhouse (527 Decatur St) 

The only brewery located in the French Quarter, Crescent City Brewhouse, sits in a warm, inviting two-story space. You can enjoy jazz music every Friday throughSunday with a gorgeous courtyard to dine and dance. Dine on modern takes of NewOrleans cuisine in a bistro atmosphere and enjoy tasty treats such as fried alligator and a classic chicken andouille gumbo. While you are there, get a flight of beer to sample some of the great brew Crescent City has to offer.


 7. Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar (739 IbervilleSt (between Royal St. & Bourbon St.)) 

Locally owned Felix's is famous for its traditional oyster bar that put oyster bars on the map in the 1940s. Featuring oysters harvested from Louisiana's own oyster beds, you can enjoy the freshest oysters you've ever had. Felix's offers authentic Creole and Cajun dishes like red beans and rice, jambalaya, and incredible fried seafood platters. 


 8. The Court of Two Sisters (613 Royal St (between

Toulouse& St. Peter St.)) 

TheCourt of Two Sisters is an experience on its own. Enjoy the legendary daily jazz brunch buffets featuring more than 60 menu options like the veal grillades and gravy or creole spins on classic breakfast foods. The large space has 4dining rooms and is open to restaurant buyouts for up to 800 guests. 


 9. Clover Grill (900 Bourbon St) 

Clover Grill has been around since 1939 and is set to the style of a 50s diner. Open24/7, enjoy classic diner fare, including burgers, hotdogs, and a classic breakfast. This iconic spot has been featured in "The Curious Case ofBenjamin Button." Enjoy delicious food and quick service as you enjoy a night out in the heart of the French Quarter. 


 10. The Elysian Bar (2317 Burgundy St, New

Orleans,LA 70117, United States) 

This unique spot is part of the Hotel Peter and Paul in the Marigny that has taken over a former Catholic Church on Burgandy Street. Enjoy a combination of French and Southern food that mixes tradition with creativity in a beautiful space.  


 11. GW Fins (808 Bienville St) 

GW Fins is famous for its creative, fresh seasonal fish dishes located in the FrenchQuarter in a stylishly updated warehouse space. The fish is caught locally and imported worldwide, and the menu changes daily based on the fresh seafood selections. Pair it with a wide selection of incredible whites curated to pair perfectly with your seafood dish in this upscale restaurant. 


 12. Arnaud's Restaurant (813 Bienville St) 

Arnaud's is located just off Bourbon Street in the French Quarter and features classic creole cuisine in an upscale dining setting. Enjoy some of the best creole food, such as the crab cakes and the traditional remoulade and while you're there, check out the Mardi Gras Museum located just upstairs.


 13.T he Pelican Club (312 Exchange Pl (corner of

Bienville Street and Exchange Place)) 

Enjoy this contemporary New Orleans restaurant located in the French Quarter featuring a menu focused on traditional Louisiana fare mixed with Asian,Italian, and French cuisine influences. The Pelican Club has a special menu designed for Mardi Gras with incredible choices such as a Louisiana Cioppino ora whole lobster with fried shrimp and a large selection of small bites.


 14. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave)

TheCommander's Palace is located in the beautiful tree-lined Garden district and has been a New Orleans landmark since 1983. Enjoy the famous jazz brunch in a chandelier-hung space in this absolute must-visit. Try the legendary bread pudding souffle with whiskey sauce or the award-winning turtle soup. 


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