Carnival of Savory and Sweet: H-Town’s Mardi Gras Krewe

King Cake at Common Bond

THERE'S ONLY A few weeks to revel in Mardi Gras, so here’s your last chance to get gluttonous all the way through Fat Tuesday. Whether you’re craving savory, sweet or all of the above, this roundup has you covered. Geaux for it!

B&B Butchers


Mardi Gras Brunch at B&B Butchers & Restaurant Saturday, Feb. 26, dig into a festive brunch to kick off Mardi Gras at this Wash Ave steakhouse and butchery with a popular rooftop terrace. Enjoy New Orleans-inspired dishes, specialty cocktails, face painting, dueling pianos and party swag.

Orleans Seafood Kitchen (photo by Becca Wright)


Orleans Seafood Kitchen Cray-cray for crawfish? Orleans Seafood Kitchen is celebrating Fat Tuesday every Tuesday leading up to the big day on Tuesday, March 1. Snag happy-hour prices all day long every Tuesday, and buy four pounds of crawfish and get one pound free throughout the day ($40 for five pounds). Available for dine in and to-go.

Brennan's of Houston


Brennan’s of Houston Celebrate the glitz and gluttony of New Orleans-style carnival season at Houston’s preeminent Creole house, with a lunch special through March 1 featuring a choice of appetizer (either Brennan’s gumbo or the Jill Jackson salad), and entree (either a half shrimp po’boy or two fried oyster tacos stuffed with fried Gulf oysters and all the trimmings) for $25. And on Fat Tuesday, eat like a king! Executive Chef Jose Arevalo will prepare a three-course feast with a choice of a starter, entree and dessert ($74). No online reservations; call 713-522-9711.


Fat Tuesday Mardi Craw at the Rustic On March 1, the Downtown and Post Oak locations of this brunch spot and music venue are stirring up a big pot of fun. Come hungry with your krewe for a crawfish boil, chicken and sausage jambalaya, fried crawfish tails, étouffée, frozen drinks and more.


Common Bond Bistro & Bakery All Common Bond locations are sharing the sweet flavors of the French Quarter with whole and by-the-slice king cake. The fluffy braided cakes are offered in traditional cinnamon-sugar and raspberry and cream cheese flavors until March 1 ($1 from all preorders will be donated to Sky High for Kids). Its DIY King Cake Kits are fun for the whole family, complete with icing and piping bag, sprinkles and a novelty baby to hide.

Dessert Gallery


Dessert Gallery With a tagline "Calories Only Count After Mardi Gras," Upper Kirby’s go-to dessert cafe is telling us what we love to hear (and eat). Colorful king cakes and meticulously decorated Mardi Gras butter cookies are available for pre-order until March 1.

Red Dessert Dive


Red Dessert Dive Puffy, luscious, mini king cakes are popping out of the oven at this Heights dessert spot. The icing-drenched cakes laced with cinnamon and cream cheese also are available by the slice. Swing by for a taste with coffee or a glass of wine until March 1. (It’s best to pre-order whole mini cakes, by the way!)

Three Brothers Bakery


Three Brothers Bakery This venerable, ambitious bakery is putting on a parade of treats with delightfully decorated Mardi Gras petit fours, dipped cookies, king cakes and even towering Fat Tuesday cheesecakes! You might even get lucky — but not as lucky as finding the baby — and score some Mardi Gras products after March 1 at all three locations.

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