We may not have the traditional Mardi Gras floats and parades, but we have cajun cookin’ OTP! This article was updated for 2017.

Mardi Gras, french for “Fat Tuesday”, refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

This year, Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, February 28. Here are some OTP Cajun restaurants to over-indulge with the tasty flavors of New Orleans.

Acworth:  Henry’s Louisiana Grill is always a sure bet for Cajun food.  Both Chef Henry himself and the restaurant are well known for bringing in the good times, and they are starting that day at 8am! They have a costume contest too.

Alpharetta: Avalon is hosting a Mardi Gras Pub Crawl from 5 to 9. You can enjoy great food and drink specials from the participating restaurants and retail stores.  A new cajun restaurant opened this year in downtown Alpharetta called Flatlands Bourbon and Bayou and they will kick off live music at 5pm, a tableside magician, drink specials, a crawfish boil and roasted oysters outside. crawfish-boil-300x243

Ball Ground: Get your cajun, creole, frog legs and fresh hot beignets at Les Bon Temps Louisiana Kitchen.  Any day now, their liquor license will be operational and for this first time you can enjoy a cold one with your spicy food!

Canton: Who needs to eat out? Visit Larry the Butcher at the Corner Butcher Shop. His cajun roots shine in his grab and go containers of jambalaya, gumbo, and red beans and rice. Plus, he has his special homemade andouille sausage and cajun boudin!

Kennesaw: Copeland’s will have a traditional Mardi Gras menu and live crawfish is being flown in.  The party starts at 6pm to make you feel like you are in New Orleans when you can’t be there!

Marietta: We have already touted french restaurant and bakery, Douceur de France in both M8141103arietta and Roswell as the place for you to get your Mardi Gras king cake. The Cajun Meat Company is taking orders for live crawfish and king cakes too. For years, we got our holiday Turducken there (a turkey, stuffed with a chicken, stuffed with a duck). You just have to taste it! Next year, you’ll have a new choice with the N’Awlins restaurant opening on the square.

Roswell: This city is blessed with numerous cajun restaurants. Here are a few suggestions. Head to Adele’s on Canton for a seafood po boy, muffaletta or their signature cajun dishes.   Roux on Canton has your gator bites, gumbo and oysters. Abita beer and Hurricanes will be flowing at their bar. Last, but not least Hugos will have their signature voodoo mussels, boudin balls and more. Enjoy the Hotland Dixie Band Jazz starting at 7 and drink specials. Now, a true NOLA native will hit all 3 restaurants and get beads from each one!

Woodstock: Reel Seafood‘s celebration features Jambalaya and their yummy Gumbo. The bar will have the traditional $5.00 Mardi Gras drinks flowing! The Gifted Ferret is having a Mardi Gras wine tasting event Saturday night if you want to get a head start on the holiday!

Smyrna’s On the Bayou is getting ready for Mardi Gras with crawfish all weekend long.  Follow them on Facebook for their arrival.

If you happen to be ITP, the 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Streetcar Adventure begins Saturday night.

If we missed your favorite cajun spot, send us an email at info@scoopotp.com. I am cravin’ cajun now and can’t wait to over-indulge.

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