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Forget Snow With These Last-Minute Mardi Gras Options

From beignets to king cakes, pretend you're in New Orleans today.

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  • Beat Brasserie (formerly known as Beat Hotel): Putting on a Brazilian Carnival with live music, Brazilian food specials like moqueca and pork empanadas, and rum-based drink specials. Food and drink available from 4 p.m. to midnight; live music 7:30 p.m. to midnight. No cover charge; cash bar.
  • The Beehive: Serving Cajun-inspired specials like jambalaya and shrimp & grits from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (drink specials, too). Live music 7:30 p.m. to midnight. No cover charge; cash bar.
  • The Blue Frog Bakery: Serving king cakes.
  • BOKX 109: Offering specials today through February 21, including a New England-inspired gumbo, boudin hush puppies with creole barbecue sauce, and a Southern-inspired surf and turf of grilled blue crab and bavette steak with hoppin' John. On the beverage side, look for Sazeracs, Hurricanes, and Pimm's Cups. From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on February 21, there will be a party with more food and drink specials as well as live music by the Squabble Funk Soul Band.
  • Pauli's North End: Offering a New Orleans-style Muffuletta sandwich (ham, mortadella, salami, provolone, red onion, olive salad) for $7.49 through the end of February.
  • Post 390: Offering specials in the tavern portion of the restaurant during lunch and dinner — Hurricane Doughnuts (Rum Baba brioche doughnuts with passion fruit curd, house pomegranate and orange blossom grenadine syrup, orange blossom meringue, pomegranate seeds); oyster po'boys, and gumbo.
  • Social Restaurant & Bar: Live music, beads and masks, food, dancing, and prizes from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The party is organized by Unbound Visual Arts, a local arts non-profit. Tickets are $8 in advanceor $10 at the door. 21+.
  • South Street Diner: Partying from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with specials like all-you-can-eat jambalaya for $5, beignets, gumbo, and po'boys, plus Zydeco music on the jukebox and plenty of Mardi Gras beads to go around.
  • Studio at the Royal Sonesta: Offering King cakes and PJ's Coffee.
  • Sweet Cheeks: Partying from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with gumbo, a crawfish boil, and Narragansett. The regular menu will be available a la carte. Tickets are $45 and only available on Gilt City (currently sold out, but you can add yourself to the waitlist in case other attendees are afraid of snow).
  • Tryst: Serving a three-course prix fixe menu for $30/person from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., including blackened catfish with beans and rice, a fried green tomato BLT with pork belly, and beignets. Special cocktails also available.
  • Ula Cafe: Serving paczki ("big, fat Polish donuts.")
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