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Mardi Gras in Boston?

steinpilz Feb 19, 2007 01:20 PM

Are there any good restaurants or bars for mardi gras in Boston? I can't think of a single creole/cajun/NO restaurant here, but maybe Brazillian or Mexican?

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    lexpatti Feb 21, 2007 04:46 AM

    We did Bob's last night, had reservations for the earling sitting. Awesome awesome. Food was great, music was fabulous - new horn player in town from Baton Rouge, La. was excellent playing with the band. Charles Neville joined them too. We booked early for this knowing it's a big hit. Their events are great.

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      mallomarmom Feb 20, 2007 05:46 PM

      Just had a great dinner Saturday night at Magnolia's. For some reason, there is no "Mardi Gras" menu this year, but there's still plenty of Cajun/Creole choices. The food -- and value -- can't be beat. John (owner/chef) worked in New Orleans at Commanders Palace and trained with Paul Prudhomme. We've been going there since its beginnings as Cajun Yankee and even though we've moved out of the area, we never miss the opportunity to eat there whenever we're in Boston.

      1. steinpilz Feb 20, 2007 05:28 PM

        Thank you for your many ideas. I was going to Bob's until I heard it's SRO, so went by Cafe Belo but it wasn't happening (dead, 10 people). Thanks for the suggestions though itaunas, I may try Ryles tomorrow. Happy mardi gras/carnival!

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          chezchristine Feb 20, 2007 02:29 PM

          I believe Red Bones is doing a fried foods dinner for Mardi Gras tonight- good luck!

          1. itaunas Feb 20, 2007 07:15 AM

            Most of the Brazilian Carnaval events were this past weekend. For whatever reason there is a carnaval event on thursday at Underbar after carnaval closes in Brazil (in Brazil this would be called a ressaca de carnaval or carnaval hangover). There also are some "carnaval fora da epoca" (out of season carnaval events) dates starting toward the end of April (some of them free if you pick up a ticket first). To my knowledge the extent of chow at these events might be a fruit and cheese table, perhaps some salgadinhos. Further details are probably off topic, but find a brazilian newspaper or ask in a brazilian restaurant.

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            1. re: itaunas
              itaunas Feb 20, 2007 09:29 AM

              Ryles does have a Brazilian carnival event post-carnival on Wednesday. Much better chow to be had at Muqueca, Magnolia's, Druid, etc. Or go to Sugar Bar at Cafe Belo tonight and watch the real thing on Globo, while having a "porcao" and beer. Also bostonzydeco appears to be down, but there might be a Mardi Gras event this weekend think chow is potluck but check when it comes back up.

            2. steinpilz Feb 19, 2007 07:00 PM

              These are both great suggestions, Magnolia's has some competition with ECG but look good I'll have to go there, Bob's sounds like the place to be for Mardi Gras. Thanks!

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              1. re: steinpilz
                Joanie Feb 20, 2007 04:05 AM

                A few of us have said this before, but Magnolia's is undeservedly overlooked. I think it's quite tasty for a good price and you can usually get a table pretty easily.

                1. re: steinpilz
                  Dax Feb 20, 2007 11:44 AM

                  I'd call Magnolia's, they usually have a Mardi Gras specific menu. Plus they have Abita!

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                    Bob MacAdoo Feb 20, 2007 12:19 PM

                    Better call Magnolia's or ECG. My colleague just tried to make a reservation at Bob's but they are SRO ...

                2. Bob MacAdoo Feb 19, 2007 03:56 PM

                  Bob's has a Fat Tuesday buffet with the usual suspects - jambalaya, etouffee, king cake, etc. The headline is music -- Charles Neville from New Orleans is playing.

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                  1. re: Bob MacAdoo
                    lexpatti Feb 19, 2007 06:27 PM

                    Did this last year, had a blast and going this year too.

                  2. LindaWhit Feb 19, 2007 01:58 PM

                    What about Magnolia's Southern Cuisine? Are they still open - Home page doesn't work, but the menu/directions/About Us pages work. Not sure if they're doing anything for Mardi Gras, however.


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