By Dayna Brownfield
Posted On: Feb 14, 2021
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. 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.
NOTE: Check directly with places before you go to learn about their health guidelines, safety updates and any required reservations.
Photo credit: La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro, Facebook
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.
The French bakery La Chatelaine (with locations throughout central Ohio), has serves beignets for the Mardi Gras season. Add some caffeine to your day with a classic cafe au lait (or head over to Fox in the Snow and order a New Orleans style iced coffee).
Note: Due to the weather, Fox in the Snow will be closed Tuesday, but will reopen Wednesday.
If beignets aren't your thing, it's also National Paczki Day! For those in Cleveland, several local bakeries are selling the Polish (doughnut) pastry. Check out spots like Colozza's Bakery, Edwin's and Goldie's Donuts & Bakery and pickup some paczkis today.
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.
All three restaurants offer carryout. To place an order at Creole Kitchen, call 614-372-3333. You can order from Way Down Yonder online (but note their hours are Wednesday thru Sunday from 12-8PM). Whether you're calling in or ordering online from La Chatelaine, make sure to double check which location you're selecting.
Note: If you pre-ordered a La Chatelaine Mardi Gras Party Dinner Bundle and/or King Cakes, and can't pickup your order today, you can call to move your pickup date to tomorrow (Feb. 17).
For those up North, head to The Bourbon Street Barrel Room in Cleveland for authentic New Orleans cuisine. The restaurant opens at 11AM today, as walk-in and dine-in only. If you want to give this Mardi Gras a little at-home DIY flavor, then stop by a seafood vendor in West Side Market and pick up some shrimp to make your own jambalaya or gumbo.
Photo credit: ele Cake Company, Facebook
Finish your Mardi Gras celebrations with a slice (or two) of King Cake. 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 the king at La Chatelaine or Resch's Bakery (where you can also pick a a Mardi Gras inspired cake and beignets too). As always, you can order online or call both Columbus spots. If you'd prefer a whole cake, then Dayton bakery ele Cake Co is the place to go!
Note: Due to weather, Resch's Bakery will be closing at 4PM on Feb. 16. All three locations of ele Cake Co will be closing 5PM too.
Let the good times roll this Mardi Gras and celebrate with Ohio's New Orleans-inspired treats.