It’s Mardi Gras time! You might not be able to make it to New Orleans for the festivities, but you can still enjoy a taste of Mardi Gras in Los Angeles. There are several restaurants where you can find delicious and authentic Creole cooking and sip a Hurricane while collecting beads.
Creole cooking is a truly American creation of diverse cultures and influences and New Orleans is its home. The traditions of French and Spanish cooking are the foundation of Creole cuisine, and they are heavily influenced by African and Native American flavors and the use of locally available seafood and game. Traditional Creole dishes include:
Gumbo– a thick, roux-based soup, frequently made with sausage or seafood.
Jambalaya – a rice dish with any combination of beef, pork, fowl, smoked sausage, ham, or seafood, as well as celery, green peppers and often tomatoes.
Po-Boy – a sandwich on French bread usually stuffed with oysters, shrimp, fish, crawfish, roast beef, etc. A “dressed” po-boy comes with mayonnaise, lettuce, pickle and tomato.
Etouffee (ay-too-fay) – a dish usually made with crawfish or shrimp and smothered in a succulent, tangy tomato-based sauce.
So when it comes to sampling terrific Creole cuisine and celebrating Mardi Gras in Los Angeles, here are 3 great places to visit.
Harold and Belle’s: 2920 West Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles 90018
Los Angeles Magazine named Harold & Belle’s the best Creole in LA last year. Every year on Mardi Gras they have a live band, drink specials and new items on their menu to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Call (323) 735-9918 for more information.
Nola’s Taste of New Orleans: 734 E. 3rd St, Los Angeles 90013
Nola’s has great New Orleans inspired cocktails, a fabulous Happy Hour, and a fantastic Creole lunch menu.
La Louisanne: 5812 Overhill Drive, Los Angeles 90043
You know what else New Orleans is known for? Jazz. At La Louisanne you’ll find live entertainment and talented Jazz musicians virtually every night of the week. Their menu is extensive and you’ll find traditional Creole fare. For more information, reservations and details on Mardi Gras festivities, call 323-293-5073.
Those are 3 of the best places to get a taste of New Orleans in Los Angeles. So how will you be spending Mardi Gras?