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Mardi Gras day in the French Quarter, 2016
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Where to Eat in and Around the French Quarter on Mardi Gras Day

These spots are all open and fueling revelers on Fat Tuesday

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Mardi Gras day in the French Quarter, 2016
| Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

It’s essential to be fueled up on Mardi Gras day, or the joyful revelry is bound to be short-lived. And while house parties may offer some sustenance in the form of mini muffulettas and fried chicken drumsticks, sometimes further nosh is needed to make it through the day.

Here now are Eater’s picks for the best restaurants in and around the French Quarter open and serving on Fat Tuesday, from quick bites to full service.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Elysian Bar

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2317 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 356-6769
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The intriguing Elysian Bar is open seven days a week, 365, and Mardi Gras day is no exception. It should serve as a lovely little respite from the madness, but with a dramatic enough setting to be appropriate for the occasion. Enjoy high-quality cocktails and interesting small plates from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

2. Port of Call

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838 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 523-0120
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Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., burgers and Monsoons keep the Mardi Gras day sobriety balancing act in check. Not suggested for those on stilts.

3. Effervescence

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1036 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 509-7644
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The chic Champagne bar on the edge of the French Quarter is open noon to 6 p.m. on Mardi Gras day, serving the entire drink and bottle menu along with a special snack menu. As a bonus, Effervescence is slinging a $45 parade pack containing a bottle of bubbles, an Effervescence ice bag, and to-go flute glasses.

Effervescence
Inside Effervescence
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4. Verti Marte

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1201 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4767
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24/7 means even on Mardi Gras day, and there’s likely no better time for when of its overstuffed po-boys — especially the French fry version or its signature sandwich, the “All that Jazz,” containing turkey, ham, shrimp, cheese, and grilled mushrooms. Cash only, FYI.

5. Clover Grill

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900 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 598-1010

If you're on Bourbon Street for Mardi Gras, going to the Clover Grill for a burger fried under a hub cap is a must. Open 24 hours, 365.

Clover Grill
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6. Coop's Place

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1109 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-9053
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Open at 11 a.m. with fried chicken, red beans and rice, and other drunk food standards. Most likely there will be a line out the door, but waiting is just like hanging out in front of your favorite Decatur bars anyways.

7. Tujague's Restaurant

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823 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-8676
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This French Quarter landmark and the city’s second-oldest restaurant opens at 11 a.m. as usual on Mardi Gras day, with a prime people-watching location and classic dishes. It’s Tujague’s last Mardi Gras in its iconic digs before it relocates down the street this year, making it an extra-special stop.

8. Longway Tavern

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719 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 962-9696
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From the folks who brought you Sylvain, Longway is a new French Quarter hotspot with high-quality food and cocktails. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Mardi Gras day, Longway is also offering drinks and a few food items from the window.

Outside Longway Tavern
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9. Sylvain

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625 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 265-8123
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Sylvain draws a great mix of revelers on Mardi Gras Day, and is always a party. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and even taking reservations to dine with a special limited menu. If it gets too packed to go inside, Sylvain is slinging wine, beer, and hot sausage sandwiches from the storefront window.

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10. Curio

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301 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 717-4198
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Curio, a corner bistro from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, is open Fat Tuesday from 8 a.m. (!) until 10pm, serving brunch — Shakshuka, biscuits and gravy — until 3. Good gumbo, better location.

Curio in the French Quarter
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11. SoBou

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310 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 552-4095
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This chic cocktail-oriented bar on Chartres in the W Hotel also offers a lively snack menu, perfect for a refuel. Serving up Mardi Gras themed items include king cake old fashioneds and king cake beignets on Fat Tuesday.

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12. Justine

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225 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 218-8533
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The sprawling, maximalist brasserie from Justin Devillier is a fitting Mardi Gras day spot: extravagant decor, festive drinks, and indulgent food — not to mention the location smack dab in the middle of the French Quarter. Open normal hours, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

13. Saint Lawrence

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219 N Peters St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-4111
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A limited menu with the bar's favorite items will be served. Also a great spot for daiquiris and other frozen cocktails; open until 10 p.m.

ENOLA

14. Copper Vine Winepub

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1001 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 208-9535
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This lovely wine pub in the CBD will open its doors at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, with the kitchen rolling until 10 p.m. Special items include a Mardi Gras sangria and king cake bread pudding.

15. Josephine Estelle

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600 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 930-3070
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Josephine Estelle is open all day Tuesday (starting at 7 a.m.) for one of the classier stops in the day. Serving up special king cake scones and a cocktail with vodka, black-strap rum, amaretto, whipped cream and of course, Mardi Gras sprinkles.

Baby cakes cocktail
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16. Compere Lapin

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535 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 599-2119
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The highly-acclaimed spot from Nina Compton in the Old No. 77 Hotel is open its normal hours on Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch; serving dinner from 5:30 to 11 p.m. — even happy hour is still on from 3 to 6 p.m. Bonus, Compere is also still doing it’s new three-course Truffle Tuesday lunch, $45 per person.

A cocktail from Compere Lapin
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1. The Elysian Bar

2317 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117

The intriguing Elysian Bar is open seven days a week, 365, and Mardi Gras day is no exception. It should serve as a lovely little respite from the madness, but with a dramatic enough setting to be appropriate for the occasion. Enjoy high-quality cocktails and interesting small plates from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

2317 Burgundy St
New Orleans, LA 70117

2. Port of Call

838 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116

Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., burgers and Monsoons keep the Mardi Gras day sobriety balancing act in check. Not suggested for those on stilts.

838 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70116

3. Effervescence

1036 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Effervescence
Inside Effervescence
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The chic Champagne bar on the edge of the French Quarter is open noon to 6 p.m. on Mardi Gras day, serving the entire drink and bottle menu along with a special snack menu. As a bonus, Effervescence is slinging a $45 parade pack containing a bottle of bubbles, an Effervescence ice bag, and to-go flute glasses.

1036 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70116

4. Verti Marte

1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

24/7 means even on Mardi Gras day, and there’s likely no better time for when of its overstuffed po-boys — especially the French fry version or its signature sandwich, the “All that Jazz,” containing turkey, ham, shrimp, cheese, and grilled mushrooms. Cash only, FYI.

1201 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. Clover Grill

900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Clover Grill
Clover Grill
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If you're on Bourbon Street for Mardi Gras, going to the Clover Grill for a burger fried under a hub cap is a must. Open 24 hours, 365.

900 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Coop's Place

1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Open at 11 a.m. with fried chicken, red beans and rice, and other drunk food standards. Most likely there will be a line out the door, but waiting is just like hanging out in front of your favorite Decatur bars anyways.

1109 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. Tujague's Restaurant

823 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

This French Quarter landmark and the city’s second-oldest restaurant opens at 11 a.m. as usual on Mardi Gras day, with a prime people-watching location and classic dishes. It’s Tujague’s last Mardi Gras in its iconic digs before it relocates down the street this year, making it an extra-special stop.

823 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

8. Longway Tavern

719 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Outside Longway Tavern
Katherine Kimball/Eater NOLA

From the folks who brought you Sylvain, Longway is a new French Quarter hotspot with high-quality food and cocktails. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Mardi Gras day, Longway is also offering drinks and a few food items from the window.

719 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Sylvain

625 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Sylvain
Brasted

Sylvain draws a great mix of revelers on Mardi Gras Day, and is always a party. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and even taking reservations to dine with a special limited menu. If it gets too packed to go inside, Sylvain is slinging wine, beer, and hot sausage sandwiches from the storefront window.

625 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Curio

301 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Curio in the French Quarter
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Curio, a corner bistro from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, is open Fat Tuesday from 8 a.m. (!) until 10pm, serving brunch — Shakshuka, biscuits and gravy — until 3. Good gumbo, better location.

301 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. SoBou

310 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
ENOLA

This chic cocktail-oriented bar on Chartres in the W Hotel also offers a lively snack menu, perfect for a refuel. Serving up Mardi Gras themed items include king cake old fashioneds and king cake beignets on Fat Tuesday.

310 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Justine

225 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The sprawling, maximalist brasserie from Justin Devillier is a fitting Mardi Gras day spot: extravagant decor, festive drinks, and indulgent food — not to mention the location smack dab in the middle of the French Quarter. Open normal hours, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

225 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Saint Lawrence

219 N Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130
ENOLA

A limited menu with the bar's favorite items will be served. Also a great spot for daiquiris and other frozen cocktails; open until 10 p.m.

219 N Peters St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Copper Vine Winepub

1001 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

This lovely wine pub in the CBD will open its doors at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, with the kitchen rolling until 10 p.m. Special items include a Mardi Gras sangria and king cake bread pudding.

1001 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112

15. Josephine Estelle

600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Baby cakes cocktail
Official Photo/Josephine Estelle

Josephine Estelle is open all day Tuesday (starting at 7 a.m.) for one of the classier stops in the day. Serving up special king cake scones and a cocktail with vodka, black-strap rum, amaretto, whipped cream and of course, Mardi Gras sprinkles.

600 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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16. Compere Lapin

535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
A cocktail from Compere Lapin
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The highly-acclaimed spot from Nina Compton in the Old No. 77 Hotel is open its normal hours on Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch; serving dinner from 5:30 to 11 p.m. — even happy hour is still on from 3 to 6 p.m. Bonus, Compere is also still doing it’s new three-course Truffle Tuesday lunch, $45 per person.

535 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

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