Mardi Gras, the pre-Lent celebration of extravagance and excess, is next Tuesday, February 16. Though boisterous parties and jubilant crowds of people parading through the streets certainly aren't feasible right now, there are plenty of safe alternatives. We've rounded up a list of places to get king cake, crawfish boils, and other food and drink specials from local businesses like Addo, Bakery Nouveau, and Where Ya At Matt below, as well as a couple of virtual events, like a celebrity-packed celebration streaming live from New Orleans. Laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll)!
FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS
You can always count on Eric Rivera's experimental pop-up Addo to have a menu for every occasion, and Mardi Gras is no exception: The eclectic Ballard restaurant will have a package for one that includes duck and andouille sausage gumbo, stuffed mirliton, red beans, rice, cornbread, king cake (with a baby concealed inside two pieces—the two people who find one will win a $20 credit on future Addo purchases), and a six-pack of beer, plus beads and other holiday accoutrements.
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The venerable bakeshop has been busy frying up their perennially popular paçzki, a Polish donut treat, filled with chocolate, vanilla bean, raspberry, lemon, strawberries and cream, or caramel apple, available at all three locations. Their king cake, made with braided croissant dough and rolled with apple filling and raisins, is adorned with sparkling gold and purple sugar and is accompanied by a baby figurine and beads on the side.
Burien, Capitol Hill, West Seattle
The charming Scandinavian bakery is offering semlor, sweet cardamom buns with almond filling and whipped cream that are traditionally eaten on Fat Tuesday for a little indulgence before Lent.
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Half and Half Doughnut Co.
This retro Capitol Hill doughnut shop is also serving semlor with marzipan and whipped cream.
Island Soul Rum Bar & Soul Shack
The family-run destination for Caribbean soul food, which celebrates Mardi Gras with Cajun specials every year, hasn't announced this year's lineup yet, but hinted on Instagram that they'll be revealed soon.
The French patisserie’s golden, flaky galette des rois is available in store through February 16 and comes with a ceramic fève (porcelain figurine), along with a regal gold crown for the lucky person who finds it in their slice.
Petit Pierre Bakery
This French bakery in Magnolia is slinging classic king cakes as well as ones stuffed with Nutella or raspberry filling.
The upscale grocer is selling fried, glazed paçzki oozing with lemon, raspberry, and vanilla custard fillings until February 13, while supplies last. The Polish doughnuts are available for preordered pickup or delivery via Instacart.
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If you're dreaming of traveling to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, the Pike Place Market tour company, which pivoted to sell boxes of food products from local vendors and was recently purchased by the sustainable sandwich shop chain Homegrown, has recreated the experience with their themed market box, which includes fresh jambalaya ingredients from Frank's Quality Produce, a King's Cajun spice blend from HerbanFarm, smoked andouille sausage from Uli's Famous Sausage, spice-rubbed free-range chicken from Homegrown Kitchen, long-grain white rice from Lundberg Family Farms, Pacific Foods chicken broth, Grimm Hot Sauce's Fire Potion #3, pink and guava ginger beer from Rachel's Ginger Beer (add rum to make Hurricane cocktails), mini cinnamon sugar doughnuts from the Daily Dozen Doughnut Company, coffee beans from Middle Fork Roasters, and milk chocolate-covered honey pecans from Chukar Cherries.
Pike Place Market
The First Hill bakery bakes king cake with a buttery brioche dough and a choice of filling: bourbon pecan or vanilla cream cheese. It’s adorned with colored sugar and beads and comes with a plastic baby inside. Whole cakes, which serve 10-12 people, can be pre-ordered online and will be available through February 21. Cake will also be available by the slice from February 15-16.
Queen Anne, First Hill
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Columbia City's Impromptu Fat Tuesday Beatwalk
Mask up and head to various Columbia City venues for Mardi Gras food and drink specials, plus a live DJ at the Patio.
Where Ya At Matt
On Saturday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 16, the roving New Orleans street food truck will park two trucks at Chuck's Hop Shop for plenty of Mardi Gras revelry, including po' boys, grits, beignets, crawfish seafood boils, king cake, and even a limited-edition Mardi Gras cider from Seattle Cider. The truck is also taking orders for their colorful king cakes, available for pickup from their commissary kitchen in Ballard, Chuck's Hop Shop, No Boat Brewing, Ridgecrest Public House, or from one of their upcoming street food locations through February 16. (Pro tip: If you purchase a slice containing a baby figurine from the truck, you get free beignets on your next visit.) If you'd like to recreate the Big Easy's flavors in your own kitchen, check out chef and owner Matt Lewis's on-demand jambalaya class via Sound Excursions and whip up his signature dish with chicken, shrimp and andouille at home.
February 13 & 16
Mardi Gras for All Y'all
Pregame Mardi Gras with three days of celebrity-packed online events, like appearances from Emeril Lagasse and Ashton Ramsay and a special guest performance from Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners Leo Nocentelli and George Porter, Jr.
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Edmonds Center for the Arts is partnering with Zydeco icon Terrance Simien for a virtual Mardi Gras concert, live from Louisiana.
Saturday, February 13