Five Places to Eat, Drink and Celebrate for Mardi Gras in Metro Phoenix
We're usually looking for a reason to convince our more responsible friends to go out drinking on a Tuesday night, which is why Fat Tuesday is one of our favorite days of the year. As much as we wish we could pack our bags and hit Bourbon Street for authentic eats and Hurricanes, we'll be celebrating in the Valley of the Sun, which -- thankfully -- does not mean we have to sacrifice on all of the Southern flair and fare we're craving.
SMercury98/Flickr Craffish, beignets, boudin balls, Hurricanes ... Phoenix has eveything you need to get a taste of the Big Easy.
Here are five spots in metro Phoenix to eat, drink and maybe even earn yourself some beads in honor of Mardi Gras this year.
They certainly aren't serving traditional Southern fare, but that won't stop Ra Sushi from celebrating. In honor of Fat Tuesday they've got a variety of spicy flavors on special including a Spicy Chicken and Shishito Green Necklace, a noodle dish tossed with chicken, green and red bell peppers, onion, garlic, chili sesame sauce, and shishito peppers, garnished with Sriracha and black sesame seeds for $7. To wash it down, try a Southern Julep, made with Southern Comfort, Makers Mark, simple syrup and mint or a HurRAcane, featuring Southern Comfort, fresh fruit juices, lemon lime soda, simple syrup and grenadine - both for $8.
Join the Downtown Phoenix Partnership "Mardi Crawl Krewe" on the annual pub crawl around some of Downtown Phoenix's best watering holes. A $15 ticket will get you trolley transportation, a pub crawl guide, a swag bag, and VIP treatment at each of the bars. The booze tour will include stops at Copper Blues, The Rose and Crown, Seamus McCaffrey's and Majerle's Sports Grill. Find food trucks lined up on Central Avenue between Jefferson and Washington streets after 9 p.m. to satisfy the munchies. For details about drink specials at each bar check out this map. Purchase tickets at the Downtown Phoenix Partnership website.
7012 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ