Mardi Gras season is filled with plenty of parades that highlight talented bands and dazzling floats. If it's your first time celebrating this fabulous event, here are a few Mardi Gras terms to brush up on. Large crowds of people congregate to watch these parades and celebrate Louisiana culture. One of the fun events that kicks off the season has to be the Phunny Phorty Phellows, which ushers in Mardi Gras on January 6.
Watching a string of parades and going to events can leave someone famished, but not to worry, there are plenty of amazing, local restaurants and bars along the PPP route where you can grab a drink and a quick bite to eat. Stop by some of these local favorites, and let the good times roll!
ALL ALONG THE PHUNNY PHORTY PHELLOWS ROUTE
Selling thousands of their famous house margaritas during the Mardi Gras season, Superior Grill is a great place to enjoy the parades right on St. Charles Avenue. Their viewing-stand balcony and upbeat music create a fun and lively atmosphere for parade-goers who congregate around the restaurant. There will be a select number of tables offered inside on a first-come, first-serve basis, as well as tables with a premium view of St. Charles being sold. 3636 St. Charles Ave., 504-899-4200, neworleans.superiorgrill.com
Love a good sports bar and pub? Fat Harry's supplies some of the best sliders, wings, and cheese fries to hungry customers. Their casual but lively environment is perfect for anyone who needs to grab a quick drink or snack in between parades. The bar offers indoor seating, along with seats right on the sidewalk, so you can dine-in and still have a great view of the parades. 4330 St. Charles Ave., 504-895-9582, fatharrysnola.com
Please U Restaurant
Providing some New Orleans classics such as po-boys, gumbo, red beans and rice, and an assortment of seafood platters, Please U Restaurant has everything they need to please their customers. If take-out is more your style, their po-boys are easy to transport for large groups. Besides offering Louisiana-style cuisine, the restaurant also serves classic breakfast items all day. 1751 St. Charles Ave., 504-525-9131, pleaseunola.com
Delachaise Wine Bar
Located right on the streetcar line, Delachaise Wine Bar is known for having some of the best fries in all of Louisiana. This makes it the perfect spot to grab a glass of wine from their expansive wine list while indulging in their impeccably prepared shareables. You can grab a seat on the patio to watch the parades go by and catch some throws or you can conveniently take your food to-go. 3442 St. Charles Ave., 504-895-0858, thedelachaise.com
Tacos & Beer
The tacos and beer combinations are enough to leave anyone satisfied, especially during the Mardi Gras season. Tacos & Beer offers a great dining experience, serving up tacos stuffed with shrimp, chicken, fish, beef, and vegetables. Their tacos and fajitas pair nicely with their wide selection of draft or bottled beers.
1622 St. Charles Ave., 504-304-8722, facebook.com/tacosneworleans
Jack Rose/Hot Tin
Located inside The Pontchartrain Hotel, Jack Rose is known for its fun ambiance and trendy decor. The Cajun-Creole restaurant will be offering a specialty Mardi Gras menu during the parades for customers to enjoy. After grabbing a bite to eat at Jack Rose, you can go upstairs to their sister restaurant and rooftop bar, Hot Tin, for some specialty cocktails and other libations.
2031 St. Charles Ave., 504-323-1500, jackroserestaurant.com
Serving New Orleanians since 1913, Pascal's Manale has been a staple in the community for years. About three blocks from the route, enjoy some of their famous BBQ Shrimp or Italian menu items as the parades start on Napoleon Avenue. Since February and March are great months for oysters, ordering some of their delicious chargrilled or raw oysters is a necessity. The restaurant will also be offering beer, wine, and daiquiris. 1838 Napoleon Ave., 504-895-4877, pascalsmanale.com