Make the most of Mardi Gras 2015 on Tuesday, Feb. 17 without stepping foot outside of northern Indiana.
It doesn’t get more authentic than celebrating Fat Tuesday in New Orleans’ French Quarter, though you can still get a taste of the Big Easy in northern Indiana at a few Michiana restaurants that are serving up bowls of traditional fare like jambalaya, gumbo and more.
WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO GET
- 1600 W. Beardsley Ave., Elkhart
Nestle into a table that will transport you to a quaint French Quarter cafe at this New Orleans-style restaurant. The menu spotlights traditional dishes like jambalaya, gumbo and – a Mardi Gras special – muffuletta sandwiches.
To tie it all together, the restaurant will open its doors to live jazz music Saturday night, Feb. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. Entry to that will be by reservation only, restaurant staff said.
- 105 E. Jefferson Blvd. #103, South Bend
Tuck in to a powdery beignet and cup of coffee after polishing off a po’boy if you find yourself in downtown South Bend. The café will also run specials on hurricanes for the over-21 crowd, according to restaurant staff.
Traditional NOLA menu items include jambalaya, gumbo and muffuletta, to name a few.
- 808 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend
The crew at the southern-style restaurant has been busy putting the finishing touches on the restaurant since late January and it is nearly complete, just in time for its grand opening on Mardi Gras, co-owner Aislin Keith said.
Though the restaurant will feature traditional diner breakfast items, it will also serve Cajun favorites like gumbo, red beans and rice, and more — plus a gluten-free or vegan option.
- 25020 May St., Edwardsburg, Mich.
Fat Cam’s menu has dishes straight from the bayou, including gumbo, crawfish po’boys and more.
Save room for dessert with a doughy beignet or piece of cake — what would Fat Tuesday be without a bit of indulgence, anyway?
Nosh on your beignet and pretend you’re kicked back in the Big Easy with jazz all day: