Let the good times roll, y'all! Mardi Gras season is here, and we're ready to eat king cake, wear lots of beads, and celebrate with our friends! And, if you're ready to party and eat the best cajun + creole food in DFW, you HAVE to visit these 10 spots to kick off Mardi Gras in 2023!
Le Bon Temps
When it's Mardi Gras time, we're ready to eat beignets all day, every day! And, Le Bon Temps has some of the best house-made pastries in Dallas, including French Quarter beignets, stuffed beignets, and beignet ice cream sandwiches (including boozy Banana Fosters and Vanilla Bourbon versions!). Just be sure to snag lots of napkins because all that powdered sugar and chocolate sauce is deliciously messy! 😉
DaIquiris To Go
There's no need to leave your car for these boozy drinks! When you visit this drive-thru location near Downtown Dallas, you can choose a daiquiri order by number on the board and just drive up to the pick-up window. Yes, it's THAT easy! And, Daiquiris To Go also has the ability to mix and match flavors, so you can try something new every time you visit!
Take your daiquiris to the next level at this Knox Street gem! Alky Therapy offers over the top daiquiris with candy on top to satisfy your sweet tooth, while also giving you a buzz! Plus, they offer other fun boozy treats, like cupcakes, popcorn, bundt cakes, gummy bears, and more. PRO TIP: Be the MVP of your Mardi Gras party by ordering a bunch of sweets to share!
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Date night with a little cajun flair? Count us in! And, NOLA Brasserie has romantic vibes with a taste of New Orleans style cajun and creole food! Cheers with a drink or two before diving into classics, like gumbo, red beans and rice, and etouffee, and inspired items, like Creole Pasta and a Cajun Club. Just don't forget to end the evening on a sweet note with dessert, too! 😉
Seafood fans, get ready for a feast fit for Mardi Gras! Flying Fish has a menu full of NOLA inspired seafood favorites, like gumbo, jambalaya, gator nuggets, a cajun platter, and so much more. So, stack up your plate, share a few bites with your friends, and kick off Mardi Gras with a great meal!
Start Mardi Gras season on a high note when you head to this cajun themed restaurant in Frisco or Irving! Green Gator does not skimp on flavor with its HUGE menu of NOLA inspired eats, not to mention themed cocktails, mules, and martinis! And, you can sip and snack on some of your favorites during happy hour on Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. Who's sharing a Monster Bread Pudding with us?!
New Orleans Saints football fans, this is going to be your new go-to spot! The Twilite Lounge is the home bar for Saints fans with cocktails, wine, drafts, and more flowing all game long! Catch live music with rotating jazz, rock, soul, and country performers, as well as stop in to the Po-Boy Shop for a hearty sandwich or two (only at the Fort Worth location).
the Free man Cafe
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Good music is the recipe for a good time! And, The Free Man Cafe offers live music every night of the week from blues to disco and even soul music. So, whether you want to grab a drink after a long work day or have a night cap after your Mardi Gras plans on the weekend, chill out with some of the best music you'll find in Deep Ellum at The Free Man Cafe!
Sunday Funday just got a LOT more festive! On February 19th from 11 AM until 8 PM, you can dance the day away at Revelers Hall in Bishop Arts during its giant Mardi Gras Block Party! Celebrate with live music, food, drinks, costumes, a pop-up market, and dancing with performances taking place on the stage inside Revelers Hall and outside on the street stage!
Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade
It's not a party without a big parade, right? And, Oak Cliff goes ALL OUT for its annual Mardi Gras festivities in Dallas with decorative floats, music, vibrant costumes, and plenty of beads to catch! The Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade kicks off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 19th, right along Davis Street from Nova down towards Encina. So, be sure to gather your party people, dress up in your most colorful outfits, and have a wildly fun time!