It’s Mardi Gras! Here’s where to find a crawfish boil or get your jambalaya.
▪ Bourbon ’n’ Toulouse, 829 East Euclid, will start the party at 11 a.m. with alligator etouffee and king cake from Sunrise Bakery, plus the full menu. A crawfish boil, with 400 pounds of crawfish flown in fresh from New Orleans, will be available from 6:30 p.m. until it runs out. The party will go late into the night at BNT and next door at the Chevy Chase Inn, where they will serve hurricanes and Abita beer with live music.
▪ Gumbo Ya Ya, 1080 South Broadway and 294 East Brannon Road in Nicholasville, will celebrate at both locations, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with alligator sauce piquant, crawfish creole, and crawfish etouffee, along with other Cajun staples. They will have free slices of king cake with purchase of a meal, along with other giveaways. Call 859-252-9292 for Broadway or 859-245-9292 for Brannon.
▪ Ramsey’s Diners will celebrate Mardi Gras at all locations with a 1,000 pounds of crawfish fresh from New Orleans. The crawfish special will be served with seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, French garlic toast and Cajun corn and new potatoes. Ramsey’s also will have king cake, and if you get the baby you get a free meal. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. and goes all day and into the evening.
▪ Willie’s Locally Known, 286 Southland Drive, will open at 10:30 a.m. for a crawfish boil, available by the pound, plus other Cajun specials including chicken or crawfish etouffee and more. It goes until midnight with live music from Paul Luc from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
▪ Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, will have Mardi Gras specials, including fried catfish with okra, crawfish etouffee, seafood jambalaya, chicken and sausage gumbo, red beans and rice with blackened catfish or chicken, fried oysters and king cake. Hurricanes are also available. Reservations are not necessary but recommended for large groups.
▪ Proud Mary BBQ, 9079 Old Richmond Road, will have a full Louisiana buffet with roast pork, ribs, brisket, fried catfish, froglegs, BBQ shrimp, crawfish etouffee, fried turkey, jambalaya and more, beginning at 4 p.m. It’s $27 for adults, $13.50 for children 12 and younger. Crawfish are $13 a pound. Live music starts at 7 p.m. Call 859-913-5611 for more information.
▪ Smokin Hogg Barbecue, 464 Wilson Avenue in Versailles, will be serving gumbo, shrimp creole and fried shrimp po’ boy sandwich specials. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please call ahead for availability at 859-351-9701.
▪ Liberty Road Cafe, 720 Henry Clay Boulevard, will celebrate Mardi Gras with daily crawfish etouffee, shrimp po’ boys and other homemade specials. The cafe is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In February, the cafe will donate 10 percent of all sales to the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center.
▪ Smithtown Seafood, 501 West Sixth, will have Fat Tuesday specials for lunch and dinner, beginning at 11 a.m., including duck and andouille creole gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and oysters on the half shell, plus king caked baked by Midway Bakery. Vegan jambalaya will also be available. Call 859-303-4100 for more information.
▪ Blue Stallion Brewery, 610 West Third Street, will start the party at 5 p.m. with menu, including a crawfish boil, from Oscar Diggs, the brewery’s Hot Peppered Helles, live zydeco music from The Zydegators and king cakes.