5 Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Indianapolis

You don't have to be in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. Check out these local restaurants featuring specials for this season.
Colorful masks and beads on display for Mardi Gras

With Carnival Week and Mardi Gras quickly approaching, we understand the FOMO of not being in New Orleans for all the fun. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of places in Indy that are bringing King Cakes, Étouffée, and more in honor of the Mardi Gras celebration.


GoldLeaf Sweet & Savory offers food and drink specials to celebrate Carnival Week and Mardi Gras. This restaurant is offering an Andouille Sausage Burrito and a Tuna Melt on Fridays all throughout the Lent season, up until Good Friday. On Feb. 15, GoldLeaf will release a King Cake Latte with spiced brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon.


Looking for an easy way to celebrate at home during Mardi Gras? Amelia’s has got you covered. During Carnival Week they are offering pre-orders for you and your friends or family. Their King cake with marzipan filling serves 4-6 people as the perfect dessert option. Looking for more of a meal? Amelia’s Mardi Gras Family Meal serves 8 people and includes Smoking Goose Andouille Sausage, Smoking Goose Smoked Ham Hock, and more for a filling meal. And don’t forget the drinks! Their Hurricane Kit comes with a recipe card and ingredients to make your own Mardi Gras cocktail! You can place your orders by visiting Amelia’s Bread.        


The Jazz Kitchen is hosting its annual Mardi Gras Party on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Stop by to enjoy food specials like shrimp boil, kind cake, crab cakes, and other Mardi Gras classics. Not feeling hungry, that’s okay! Themed cocktails will be offered throughout the night ending with a DJ and late-night Buffett by Yats.


Look out for this food truck around Indianapolis to grab beignets and Korean corn dogs with a special Mardi Gras filling. Books Bourbon & Bacon will celebrate Mardi Gras with these treats and a savory menu. The official menu will be available all weekend before the holiday, so keep an eye out! 


Can’t get enough of GoldLeaf or Yats? Every Monday at GoldLeaf, a specialty hot dog is featured. This year, on Monday, Feb. 20, GoldLeaf and Yats are collaborating to bring you a specialty hot dog with Yats’ famous Étouffée—while New Orleans music is playing of course. Yats specializes in cajun and creole food. The event runs from 5-9 p.m.

Emma Quasny is an Indy Maven intern and is excited to check out these places.

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