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Jan 17, 2011 04:41 PM

Mardi Gras Help

I am passing through New Orleans on Sunday afternoon, March 6th, and staying somewhere in the Gulfport area. I need some recommendations for good road food where I don't have to worry about huge Mardi Gras crowds/parking. I love shrimp and oyster po boys and I like trying new/different food. I don't mind travelling a little out of the way.

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  1. Stay on I-10 and get off on Hwy 49 exit in Gulfport, go South on 49. Half Shell Oyster House is just a block or two from Hwy 90. Call 228-867-7001 to make sure there are no parades in Gulfport that day. Big Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade that day.

    1. What will be your route? If you're coming from the west you might go on I-12 from Baton Rouge to Gulfport and then have the choice of some spots in Hammond and Covinton/Mandeville, although Hammond might have a parade that day.

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        1. re: mnexplorer

          Problem solved. Take the direct route: I-55 to I-12 East to Gulfport and bypass New Orleans entirely. It's probably 50 miles shorter as well.

          1. re: Big Easy

            Do you have any reccomendations on where to eat?

      1. If you've never been to Mardi Gras, it isn't something you should avoid. Bacchus Sunday is usually a great day to visit after some of the college kids have left town.

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        1. re: shanefink

          Where would you recommend going/eating?

          1. re: mnexplorer

            Try the charbroiled oysters at Drago's in Metairie - to.die.for

            Drago's Seafood Restaurant
            3232 N Arnoult Rd, Metairie, LA 70002

            1. re: texasredtop

              You will never get to Drago's on a parade day. You would have to get to where you are going in the city (or Metairie) before noon and be there until after four.

              Coming down 55 to 12 you can get a good choice of restaurants in Covington or Mandeville. (Covington might have a small parade that Sunday)

              There are some good basic seafood places in the area. Morton's on the river in Madisonville...if the weather is nice you can sit outside;Rips on the Lake overlooking Lake Pontchartrain...a little more expensive; Coffee's Boiling Pot Madisonville; Acme Oyster House, a branch of the FQ mainstay; Buster's in Covington...which I prefer to Acme. There are also some very good upscale places if you want more than the basic po-boy, oysters and gumbo.

              Acme Oyster House
              1202 N Highway 190, Covington, LA 70433

              1. re: collardman

                Thanks so much for the helpful information!