Blitz Weekender: Mardi Gras Edition

Make this year's Mardi Gras Bash one that you'll never forget. Photo Courtesy: Mark Scott
Make this year’s Mardi Gras Bash one that you’ll never forget. Photo Courtesy: Mark Scott

By Tommy Kennicot

Mardi Gras is here and gives us another great reason to party. A night that is rich in tradition and one that kicks off Lent. DFW isn’t New Orleans but the Metroplex does offer a variety of venues to party like you are there without the expense of actually going there. So grab your beads and head off to many of these hot spots! It’s Fat Tuesday…Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler y’all!

For the Ragin’ Cajuns
Big Easy New Orleans Style Sandwiches: The party starts at 6:30pm at this authentic Cajun style restaurant located in Plano. Live jazz music, beads, and a full line of Abita brews (the only spot in DFW that has these). Plus if the weather is nice you can hangout on their patio and really get the party going. Get some Shrimp Etouffee while you’re at it!

The Free Man: This cool Cajun Café and Lounge is in Deep Ellum and brings a hip vibe to the game. They kick things off at 11am with some good eats. The live music starts at 2pm and will continue throughout the night. They will also have their own parade on Commerce Street at 6pm. Check it out and send us pics!

Good Times Cajun Cuisine: Head up to Lewisville for DFW’s newest Cajun restaurant. Live music at 6pm, a costume contest with $50 cash to the winner, and rumor has it that they have crawfish prepared in the traditional method.

Nate’s Seafood & Steakhouse: This Addison Cajun & Creole hot spot has been doing it right for years. This year they’re knocking a dollar off of each pound of crawfish ordered. Seating will be at a premium so get there early. They’ll have live music starting at 11am. If you like your crawfish spicy, we recommend you get the “Turbo” version.

The Quarter Bar: Only one spot in Uptown worth mentioning and this is it. Once you’ve had a few, visit the rooftop deck and watch the mayhem on McKinney Avenue. The Quarter is going uncensored for Fat Tuesday with $3 Abitas and Hurricanes. For those with the munchies they’ll have a free Mardi Gras buffet.

Faux Cajuns…But Still Worth Checking Out
Fox and Hound: Get busy at the Fox this Fat Tuesday and with five Metroplex locations there will be one close to you. They’ll be handing out beads, beads and more beads. More importantly they’ll be having a crawfish boil and seafood buffet plus King Cakes to boot! Enjoy jell-o shots and $2 Pints, $3 Talls and $4 Tankers. Best mardi Gras themed costume takes home $100. That will work for us!

Humperdinks: This brewpub with four locations in DFW is bringing Mardi Gras to you with Cajun Burgers and Blackened Tilapia. Happy Hour is from 3-7 pm. So get things going with a $3 Pint. All Day specials include: $4 Crown & Down, $4 Shots of Fireball, Rumchata, Tuaca, Jager amd El Jimador (some of these make sense, others…not so much).

McFadden’s Addison: Sure this Irish themed bar is full of shenanigans and one typically wouldn’t think that Fat Tuesday would be their thing, yet somehow this year it is. The party starts at 11am. Wear your mask before 11pm and get your first drink for $1. Also offered is crawfish, 2 lbs. for $10 with corn and potatoes each additional lb. is $7 while supplies last. Drink Abita Purple Haze straight from the can or have a Cruzan Rum Hurricane. Karaoke at 9pm and keep collecting your beads while you’re there because the winner (must be female) who has the most wins cash and prizes.

The Men’s Club: One of the premier clubs for gentlemen in the Metroplex is having a Fat Tuesday bash with a simple theme: Beer-Beads-Babes. That just about sums it up. $1.75 domestic beer and cocktails until 9 pm. We do know they’ll be supplying the beads and babes. Will they have crawfish so you can get some tail?

Quaker Steak & Lube: While you won’t get your oil changed at the Plano location, you will have a good time after work. The party should get going by 7pm. $2 Abitas are a good deal, so is the All-You-Can-Eat Wings (because it’s Tuesday night) for $14.99. They’ll also have $2 Pints, $3 Talls and $4 Tankers of Fat Tire, Miller Lite and Coors Light available. Stick around for the 9pm Wet T-Shirt Contest it’ll be well worth it!

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