Mardi Gras the Ohio Way
By Dayna Brownfield

Mardi Gras the Ohio Way

From beignets to King Cake, celebrate "Fat Tuesday" at these Ohio sweet spots.

Most might think of Mardi Gras as a New Orleans-only celebration. But “Fat Tuesday” traces back to religious celebrations in Europe as the day to partake before Lent. And it’s no wonder that a day dedicated to eating and sweet treats has continued to be a popular celebration.

But NOLA doesn’t get all the Mardi Gras love. Admittedly, it’s the hub of partying that Tuesday in February. But Ohio has it’s own way to celebrate Mardi Gras. And that’s food.

So if you’re ready to eat your way through the day, check out these spots for a true Mardi Gras and New Orleans-inspired experience:

Beignets

A modern restaurant located in Columbus’ historic Leveque Tower, The Keep offers a delicious meal inspired by the best of French cuisine. But the real treat are its delicious beignets that come in a paper bag with chocolate and fruit dipping sauce.

You might also be able to pick up some beignets from another Columbus spot, the French bakery La Chatelaine. You can also caffeinate with a classic cafe au lait (or head over to Fox in the Snow and order a New Orleans style iced coffee).

And if beignets aren’t your thing, National Paczki Day is the same day! For those in Cleveland, head to The West Side Market where several vendors will be selling the Polish (doughnut) pastry.

New Orleans Meal

If you looking for more than a sweet treat to celebrate Mardi Gras, then head out for New Orleans-inspired cooking. In Columbus, Lafayette, Louisiana Chef Henry Butcher serves up authentic Creole food at Creole Kitchen. You can also check out  Way Down Yonder for those traditional New-Orleans dishes. Or partake in La Chatelaine’s Mardi Gras Dinner that features a Hurricane drink, crawfish bisque, jambalaya and their King Cake.

For those up North, head to The Bourbon Street Barrel Room in Cleveland for authentic New Orleans cuisine. Or make your Mardi Gras a little more DIY and stop by a seafood vendor in West Side Market and pick up some shrimp to make your own jambalaya or shrimp gumbo.

King Cake

  • Finish your Mardi Gras celebrations with a slice (or two) of King. The cake usually comes decked in the Mardi Gras colors of green, yellow and purple, but its the surprise inside that’s the real treat. Usually, King Cakes “hide” a small figurine inside and whoever has the piece with it inside is crowned King for the day!

Grab a slice and see if you’re king at La Chatelaine or Resch’s Bakery (where you can also pick a a Mardi Gras inspired cake too).

  • Let the good times roll this Mardi Gras and celebrate with Ohio’s New Orleans-inspired treats.
About the Author

Dayna Brownfield is the Public Relations Coordinator for TourismOhio. As part of the public relations team, Dayna assists in the creation of the Ohio Travel Guide and Ohio Calendar of Events and works with content contributors to promote Ohio. Her background includes working with both print and digital publications that promote niche markets in Ohio. Dayna is an Ohio native who loves learning about all the great things happening in the state.