Between parade hopping, throw-catching and day drinking, finding somewhere to eat on Mardi Gras Day is one detail that can sometimes evade even the best planners. You’ll find a number of street vendors selling everything from hot dogs to pizzas and fries lining the parade route, but finding a sit-down restaurant is sometimes a greater challenge. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the best places across the Crescent City for food on Fat Tuesday. From grab and go grub to sit down dining, and even specially crafted carnival menus and treats, here’s where to eat along the parade route and beyond this Mardi Gras. 

The French Quarter 

The French Quarter is always a lively neighborhood to explore during a visit to New Orleans - but during carnival season, it transforms into the Mardi Gras mecca. Catch some of the season’s best parades, after-party along Bourbon Street and even grab some Mardi Gras Day grub. 

The Central Business District

Downtown New Orleans is always a hotspot for good eats and drinks, and Mardi Gras is no exception. Check out all of the great places to grab a bite in the CBD this Fat Tuesday. 

Uptown / The Garden District 

A favorite among locals for Mardi Gras parade viewing, Uptown is home to the historic St. Charles Avenue where some of the most anticipated Mardi Gras parades roll. Don’t miss the action by grabbing a bite within the hotspot hub.

Additional Neighborhoods 

In addition to some of New Orleans’ hotspot neighborhoods, some of the city’s off-the-beaten-path parts are offering Mardi Gras Day dining and drinks as well. From Treme to the Arts District, here’s where to grab some grub.