While you probably think of beads and debauchery when you think about Mardi Gras, the phrase is actually French for Fat Tuesday. It refers to the practice of of the last night of eating richer and fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. Hump Day this week also happens to be Ash Wednesday, which kicks off that Lenten season that lasts until Easter.
A few restaurants here in Indy are celebrating Mardi Gras with specials for Fat Tuesday. Whether you celebrate Lent or not, we want to make you aware of the opportunities you have to enjoy Mardi Gras around here. Read on for details in our Mardi Gras roundup:
Indianapolis City Market – From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, City Market is partnering with the Tomlinson Tap Room to host its first ever Market Gras Gumbo Cook-off in the main Market Hall. It costs $30 for admission, but it’s a good deal considering you’ll receive specialty beer and gumbo pairings from businesses including B’s Po Boy, Circle City Soups, Junonia Fish Market, Spice Box, and more. Also, eight of the city’s best chefs will offer 4-oz. servings of their gumbo recipes for guests to enjoy.
Cheeseburger in Paradise – You don’t have to wait for Fat Tuesday to enjoy this one if you’d like to get a head start today. Cheeseburger in Paradise will be offering Cajun favorites for $10.99 each, including Shrimp Etouffee and Shrimp Po’Boys. The specials are available today and tomorrow.
Mudbugs Cajun Cafe – Make sure to bring your appetite if you head to Mudbugs on Tuesday, March 4. You can enjoy all-you-can-eat chicken and sausage gumbo for $7.95. Mudbugs is located at 20 West Main Street in Carmel.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen – You can even go with fast food for Mardi Gras, as Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen celebrates in its own way. In recognition of Lousiana’s vast coastline, Popeyes is bringing out a special seafood menu. It’s unclear how long these seafood items will be on the menu, but at least for a limited time, you can enjoy the following new items: popcorn shrimp, seafood po’boy, cajun fish, fish & popcorn shrimp, and butterfly shrimp.