Parade Days- Dining out?
First year in New Orleans for Mardi Gras!! Just curious, what do you do on parade days? Is there anyone going out to eat at decent restaurants (like in the warehouse district?)? Or is everyone just staying local and getting drunk?
I've heard mixed opinions! Help!
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes along the parade route. Some places do something special like a crawfish boil or bbq, which are easier to grab and go, and tend to be better than the vendor carts/trucks. If you plan on going to a specific place, make sure they are open on Mardi Gras day, and reservations are very much encouraged! For example, the Brennon's restaurants (Commander's Palace, Mr. B's, Bourbon House, Palce Cafe, etc.) close just two days a year: Christmas Day and Mardi Gras Day. There is certainly no shortage of food, drink or fun so just enjoy it! That's really what its all about
144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
I'll be in town the weekend of MG. Thurday night will be Emeril's. Friday night, Mr. B's. Saturday afternoon I'm riding in Tuck's.....so, will play dinner by ear. Probably eat at whatever bar I happen to be at.
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130
I eat at home on parade days, or on Magazine St. near my house - Theo's, Ignatius, and this year definitely going to be adding the fantastic Courtyard Grill to the mix. I guess if I lived and watched parades in the Warehouse District, I'd probably go out to eat there too. But I don't tend to stray too far from home for the most part.
On Mardi Gras day, I stuff a few thin sandwiches into whatever accessory I'm carrying for the walk and afternoon festivities, then go out for dinner. Used to do Crescent City Steakhouse, then for some reason it was Cannon's for awhile, then a few years ago we started ducking into Luke. I don't ever have a concrete plan though. Maybe New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood this year.
On the other hand, bloody mary garnishes and jello shots are a perfectly acceptable Mardi Gras diet as well.
I haven't been to NO for Mardi Gras in 10 years, so things might have changed, but I was thrilled to find how easy it was to eat at the best places. We were there for a conference, and didn't research it beforehand, but we walked into some really good restaurants without reservations and had no trouble getting seated. We figured that many locals either left town for the last 5 days of Mardi Gras, when we were there, or else they were partying and not eating out. One server told us she was just happy to serve people who weren't wasted.