Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a time of absolute merry-making with alcohol and fantastic food. Every year, hordes of visitors flock to New Orleans to be a part of the Mardi Gras experience. If you happen to be one of those enthusiastic spectators who have decided to partake in the carnival hype in this city for the first time, we have something for you. For the visitors (and everyone else), here’s a list of the best New Orleans restaurants to visit on Mardi Gras.
5 Best New Orleans Restaurants to Celebrate Mardi Gras
Alto at the Ace Hotel New Orleans
Sitting on the ninth floor of the Ace Hotel, Alto is the perfect way to escape the hysterical streets on Mardi Gras. The Ace Hotel is in the Warehouse District of New Orleans. Alto has a swimming pool with an excellent rooftop view.
Must try: the grilled hotdogs served on potato buns along with a frozen Blue Hawaiian cocktail.
Another jewel in the city’s Warehouse District with a James Beard Award to its name. As the name suggest, Cochon is famous for its pork dishes. Nothing on the menu will disappoint you, and make sure to call for their extensive bourbon list as well.
Must try: Chef’s special fried alligator with chili garlic mayo and smoked pork ribs.
Fairly new in New Orleans but already a popular place, Restaurant R’evolution offers mouth-watering Cajun and Creole cuisine with a modern twist. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, 777 Bienville Street at the Royal Sonesta, the restaurant expects guests to be in smart casuals.
Must try: the bone marrow appetizer and braised short ribs
If you are looking for places with great deals but don’t want to compromise on the ambiance of the place, then Commander’s Palace is your one-stop. They serve a seasonal two- or three-course lunch prix fixe (for no more than $45.00) and 25-cent martinis. Serving since the late 1800s, this restaurant expects formally-dressed visitors.
Acme Oyster House
To satiate your seafood craving, stop by Acme Oyster House for a late lunch or early dinner. They serve succulent oysters from their own cultivated beds and perfectly seasoned beans with rice. The lengthy queue of diners is a testimony to its top-notch food and excellent service.
And, there you have it. The five best restaurants to dine out in New Orleans on Mardi Gras day, or even otherwise. Indulge in the spirit of revelry, eat well, and drink fine because Easter fasting is approaching, too.
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