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Mar 3, 2014
04:46 PM
The Chow Down

Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Madison

Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Madison


Celebrate Mardi Gras with some good ol' jumbalaya.

On Monday night Merchant is hosting their annual Such a Night party featuring a complimentary crawfish boil, drink specials and live music from blues musician Johnny Chimes.

Liliana’s will host a fifteen-piece band from New Orleans Monday night, and on Tuesday they’ll serve a three course meal with drink specials, music and, of course, New Orleans style foods.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday, or Fasching, at the Essen Haus with drink specials, a live blues band and an all-you-can-eat Louisiana-inspired buffet (in addition to their German menu).

It’s a New Orleans take over at the Echo Tap. The restaurant’s menu will feature Cajun and Creole favorites including shrimp po’ boy, seafood gumbo and jambalaya, in addition to specialty drinks like their Hurricane punch.

Madison’s own Johnny Chimes & the Mardi Gras Band brings the sound of the bayou to Union South on Tuesday. Free mask decorating and bead making activities will also take place during the performance.  Afterwards, Chimes will hop over to Louisianne’s in Middleton for another performance.

Grab a traditional Paczke from Market Street Diner in Sun Prairie—they’re one of the only places serving the Polish Fat Tuesday favorite.

Can’t decide between a po’ boy and a burger? Enjoy both with Dotty’s po’ boy burger topped with hand battered shrimp, on special all week.

Celebrate Mardi Gras to-go with a slice of Ian’s jambalaya pizza, on special all week.

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