Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Atlanta Mardi Gras Dining

Not up for New Orleans' annual bacchanal of booze, boobs and beads? It's OK you can celebrate in much calmer environs without leaving the good ol' ATL.

El Taco
Nawlins isn't the only place celebrating. El Taco gets in on the action Brazilian Carnivale style.
In addition to their regular menu, they'll be featuring delicious Brazilian-inspired special dishes March 2-6. Options include Taco de Lomitos (roasted pork bits with white beans and chiles), Barbacoa slow roasted beef brisket, and flan de coco (baked coconut custard, macaroon and passion fruit)

On Saturday, March 5, celebrate and enjoy live music, compliments of Charlie Wooten and Zydefunk  as well as all the authentic Crescent City staples you can think of from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket cost is $40 and includes all you can eat crawfish, New Orleans sandwiches, whole roasted pig, red beans and rice, house made king cake AND all you can drink Abita beer. There will also be additional cash bar items…oysters, Whynatte Shots, “Mardi Gras Lemonade,” and Bloody Mary’s.

Ruth's Chris
Embracing its New Orleans heritage, Ruth’s Chris in Centennial Park, Kennesaw and Sandy Springs will offer festive dishes including classic jambalaya and carpetbagger’s steak from Thursday, February 24 through Thursday, March 10.

Guests can enjoy the succulent crabmeat au gratin appetizer featuring fresh lump crabmeat in a savory, creamy three-cheese sauce. Entrée selections include Ruth’s Chris’ signature oven-roasted chicken breast with jambalaya, a Creole rice favorite with shrimp, sausage, tomatoes and Creole seasonings and a carpetbagger’s steak, the Big Easy’s answer to surf and turf with a sizzling filet stuffed with premium fried oysters and topped with béarnaise sauce. Ruth’s Chris in Sandy Springs and Centennial Park also will offer blackened redfish with shrimp ya ya, a New Orleans classic with seared seasoned redfish accompanied by a pair of colossal shrimp in a garlic tomato cream sauce and white chocolate bread pudding topped with buttermilk caramel sauce and fresh raspberries.

South City Kitchen
SCK Vinings kicks everything off with an old-fashioned crawfish boil on Monday, February 28 from 6:30-8pm for $25/person. Feast on fresh Louisiana crawfish with the usual fixings: red potatoes, corn-on-the-cob and andouille sausage. They'll also have a special Hurricane cocktail and $3 Sweetwater and Miller Light drafts to wash it all down. Tickets are available online at

Then, they'll feature the Taste of New Orleans dinner menu at both locations running Tuesday, March 1 through Tuesday, March 8. The 3-course $32/per person (plus tax and gratuity) prix fixe menu will be available in addition to the regular menu and features classic favorites with a sophisticated South City Kitchen spin. For reservations, call 404.873.7358 (Midtown), 770.435.0700 (Vinings) or visit



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