Celebrate Mardi Gras 2018 on Long Island

There’s no Bourbon Street on Long Island, but there’s still opportunity to get a taste of Mardi Gras. Several spots are getting into the spirit on Fat Tuesday—Feb. 13 this year—by revving up their menus and enlisting talented musical acts to join in on the fun. Those not heading to New Orleans can seek a satisfying alternative at these Long Island restaurants celebrating Mardi Gras 2018 the right way.

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Big Daddy’s, Massapequa

It feels like New Orleans all year round at the colorful and lively Big Daddy’s. Think purple walls, hanging lantern light fixtures and a menu filled with Cajun and barbecue food. But the restaurant spices it up during Mardi Gras with specials and live music taking place from Feb. 7 to Feb. 13. On Fat Tuesday, head over for a classic New Orleans style buffet and jam along to the Jim Treutlein Band starting at 8pm for $40. Address: 1 Park Ln | Phone: 516-799-8877 Click to go

Biscuits & Barbecue, Mineola

A small converted trailer—there are only six booths, 15 counter stools and a small table—Biscuits & Barbecue takes homey to another level. And the Cajun and BBQ food speaks for itself. Get into the spirit on Feb. 13 by digging into the day’s special offerings: crawfish and king cakes. The restaurant is also kicking it up a notch with beads, masks and music. Keep in mind, this place is cash only. Address: 106 E 2nd St. | Phone: 516-493-9797 Click to go

Bobbique, Patchogue

Chef Eric Rifkin brought a little bit of Memphis to Long Island when he opened this spot in 2006. Bobbique serves high quality cuts of beef, pork and poultry cooked in its Southern Pride Pit. Fired with local hard and fruit woods, it can smoke up to 700 pounds of meat at one time! There’s also a slew of bourbon, beers and specialty cocktails to choose from. The restaurant is hosting its annual Fat Tuesday celebration for the eighth year in a row. Expect a New Orleans-inspired menu with guest chef Colleen McGrath. There will also be live music from Kerry Kearney with Gumbo and Po’ boys. Address: 70 W Main St. | Phone: 631-447-7744 Click to go

Café Joelle, Sayville

It may be a casual European style bistro serving new American dishes, but Cafe Joelle celebrates Mardi Gras every year with a special menu. Dig into popular dishes like blackened shrimp, gumbo, classic jambalaya and Cajun spice rubbed flat iron steak. Pair the food with one of two specialty drinks: voodoo juice (a mix of Four Cruzan Rums) and hurricane (Café Joelle’s original hurricane mix with white and gold rum). Address: 25 Main St. | Phone: 631-589-4600 Click to go

The Bayou, Bellmore

Since 1986, the Bayou has given Long Islanders a taste of New Orleans. The authentic Southern dishes like gumbo, chipotle bourbon BBQ pulled pork and blackened catfish tacos are hard to pass up. Same goes for the New Orleans cocktails like the hurricane. From Feb. 8-13, customers are treated with specials like all-you-can-eat crawfish boil and musical acts including The Atomic Red Hots and The Joe Roberts Jazz Trio. Address: 2823 Jerusalem Ave | Phone: 516-785-9263 Click to go

Mara’s Homemade, Syosset

Opened in 2011, Mara’s Homemade celebrates the South by serving authentic dishes and fresh shellfish flown in from Louisiana. On Feb. 13, the restaurant is getting into the Mardi Gras spirit with its popular homemade king cakes—the colorful and sugary dessert is a tradition during the Carnival celebrations. Also, enjoy two favorite New Orleans drinks at a discount: $5 hurricanes and $7 monsoons. Address: 236 W Jericho Turnpike | Phone: 516-682-9200 Click to go

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Anna Halkidis is a senior web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at anna@lipulse.com or on Twitter @annahalkidis.