(credit: Little Easy)

(credit: Little Easy)


It’s time for Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras. Even if you can’t stroll the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans, there are plenty of places to celebrate right here in Los Angeles. So, toss on the beads and prepare to party. Laissez les bons temps rouler! – let the good time roll, Cajun style.
(credit: Little Easy)

(credit: Little Easy)


Little Easy
216 W 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 628-3113
www.littleeasybar.com

All year long, Little Easy celebrates the cuisine and beverages of New Orleans in DTLA. This New Orleans-themed bar and dining spot really pulls out all the stops when Mardi Gras comes around, though. With tons of great live music, delicious Cajun food, and drink specials on deck, including hurricane shots, Abita beers, crispy corn hush puppies, rich seafood gumbo, crawfish and shrimp, you’ll surely be in a good hands at Little Easy. Live music, beaded necklaces and giveaways will also be on hand, making this is the spot that brings Fat Tuesday to life in LA.

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(credit: spare tire kitchen)


Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern
5370 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 525-2618
www.sparetirepub.com

Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern is one cool gastropub with a camera-shaped exterior that brings on the classic French Quarter cuisine and cocktails, accompanied by the jazzy Dixie Band, stilt walkers, and magicians this time of year. Try catfish po’boy sliders, Cajun crawfish, and of other French Quarter style favorites. For dessert, it’s powdered sugar goodness in the form of warm beignets.

(credit: Preux & Proper)

(credit: Preux & Proper)


Preux & Proper
840 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 896-0090
www.preuxandproper.com

Head downtown to Preux & Proper with upstairs and downstairs dining destinations and celebrate Mardi Gras at this New Orleans inspired venue. Sip on frozen daiquiris and dine on oyster po’boys, fried chicken, and other dishes like their Creole eggplant parm, gumbo and more. Upstairs there’s live music and NOLA drink specials.

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(credit: Joe P./yelp)


Little Jewel of New Orleans
207 Ord St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0461
www.littlejewel.la

Located in the heart of Chinatown, Little Jewel of New Orleans is a Cajun/Creole style market and deli offering rich and varied culinary dishes inspired from the Crescent City. On the menu are a variety of Po’Boys to bite into, as well as beignets, Parish Fair Sandwiches, a fried catfish platter, and other Cajun favorites.

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(credit: Ragin Cajun)


Ragin Cajun Cafe
525 S. Pacific Coast Highway,
Redondo Beach, CA
(310) 540-7403
www.ragincajun.com

With live Zydeco music as the background, this classic Cajun restaurant comes to life for this New Orleans holiday with a crawfish and shrimp boil, and plenty of purple, gold, and green beads to decorate diners in Mardi Gras style. Don’t miss their Gumbolaya, Po’Boys, Bayou Bowls, gumbo, fried okra, crawfish, and other bayou inspired dishes. The cafe also serves up tasty New Orleans-style drink specials, too. For dessert, of course you’ll need to bite into their incredible beignets.

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(credit: Sassafras)


Sassafras Saloon
1233 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90038
(323) 467-2800
www.sassafrashollywood.com

When you can’t actually drink cocktails in New Orleans, the next best thing is visiting the New Orleans and southern-styled bar in Hollywood known as Sassafras Saloon. Step into a setting that will make you feel like you’re sipping on cocktails inside the French Quarter. House cocktails inside their Sex on The Bayou with Aylesbury Duck Vodka, Giffard Peche De Vigne, strawberry, lime and more, as well as their Hurricane cocktail. This drink features passion fruit, grenadine, lemon, orange, pineapple, Mr Gay Black Barrel Batavia-Arrack, Smith & Cross and more. Sazeracs, and their Big Easy cocktail will also help you get into the spirit of Mardi Gras!

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