Ultimate List of Mardi Gras Specials


Beignets from the Khyber Pass Pub | Photo by Alayna

All across the world it’s the day before the beginning of Lent. And that traditionally means a party. So whether its Karneval, Carnaval, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, there’s a celebration for you.

Beck’s Cajun Cafe – Both locations of Beck’s will be offering king cakes. A whole cake costs $34.95, individual portions are  $3.25.

Brauhaus Schmitz and Wursthaus Schmitz – Both German spots will be serving the German pastry, fastnacht. At night, it’s Karneval at Brauhaus with the chance to win a trip to Munich for Oktoberfest.

Cantina Los Caballitos and Cantina Dos Segundos are celebrating Mardi Gras the traditional Mexican way by kicking off their inaugural Carnaval celebrations on Tuesday, March 4. Both locations will be offering up $5 margaritas, $5 El Jimador Shots, $5 Sangria, and $3 Dos Equis Amber drafts. Food specials will include $4 Esquites, $4 Chicken Tinga Tostadas, $5 Mexican Hot Dogs, $5 Pork Belly Anticuchos, $5 Vegetarian Flautas, and $6 Shrimp Molletes.

Catahoula – The Queen Village Cajun/Creole bar doesn’t really have to do anything different as it’s Mardi Gras at Catahoula all year long. But do expect drink and food specials.

Chris’ Jazz Cafe – The Center City bar is getting in live crawfish and is always cooking them up in interesting ways. This year they’re debuting Crawdad Voulevant.

City Tap House – The University City beer bar is The Great Abita Donut Tasting. Try each of the four donuts with a specially paired Abita beer. At 10 p.m., a Fat Tuesday-themed quizzo will be hosted by Johnny Goodtimes.

Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co. – The South Street restaurant will celebrate the food and drink of The Big Easy with chef Mike Stollenwerk’s  shrimp gumbo and po’ boy sampler. Bartender Katie Loeb will be pouring Hurricanes right out of her book, “Shake, Stir, Pour.”

Interstate Drafthouse – The Fishtown bar has a special New Orleans-flavored menu planned as well as loads of Abita drafts.

Kraftwork and Sidecar Bar & GrilleChef Brian Lofink has Mardi Gras specials at Fishtown’s Kraftwork and Graduate Hospital’s Sidecar. Nothing says “Fat Tuesday” like a crawfish boil with hushpuppies and beignets.

Khyber Pass Pub – It’s a party all day at the Old City bar with a Creole vibe. Look for drink and food specials all day plus live music beginning around happy hour time (4 p.m.).

Pennsylvania 6 – Josh Fialkoff and the Philadelphia Stride will be playing live from 6:30 p.m. through the end of the night. Bartender Ryan Fenton is pouring traditional Southern cocktails as well as his own concoctions. The kitchen will be offering a Muffaletta Sandwich with Duck Fat Fries.

Plenty Cafe – The tasso ham panini is back on the menu for Mardi Gras.

Pub & Kitchen – Eli Collins is preparing a special three-course, $45 menu which includes a special hurricane cocktail.  The menu includes options like; Chicken Gumbo, Creole Mustard Braised Pork and Blackened Salmon. The Reservations aren’t required but they are accepting them.

Rex 1516 – The South Street West restaurant is offering discounted New Orleans cocktails for $2 off. That includes the Sazerac and a classy Hurricane. For food there will be Chicken and Andouille Gumbo and individual King’s Cakes.