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See How Portland Does Mardi Gras at These 13 Restaurants, Mapped

Unearth the city's robust NOLA-inspired restaurant scene

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Louisiana may be 2,500 miles away, but the Portland restaurant scene is home to many New Orleans natives. And every February, Portland pays tribute to the city that birthed jazz, zydeco, and the Delta blues.

This year is no different, with restaurants offering jambalayas, gumbos, sazeracs, vieux carres, and even pączkis on Fat Tuesday—from Louisiana-inspired stalwarts like Acadia, Eat: An Oyster Bar, and Tapalaya, to still fresh-faced spots like The Waiting Room, Olympia Oyster Bar, and Rockin' Crab Cafe.

Of course, Fat Tuesday is also the day of Portland's annual Mardi Gras parade. Locals dress in carnival costumes to second line down North Mississippi Avenue behind large brass bands. So this Tuesday, take the opportunity to experience Cajun flavors and Creole spaces—one of the Americas' well-defined cuisines. You just need to choose which party (or parties) to sashay into. Laissez les bons temps roulez! (Note the points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they're organized geographically.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Acadia

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1303 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 249-5001
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For the 15th straight year, Acadia’s celebrating Fat Tuesday with a trove of New Orleans-style specials: catfish, jambalaya, shrimp creole, and confit chicken legs, as well as absinthe flights. Seamus Foran’s kitchen will be baking up some King Cakes, too. If you find yourself lucky enough to bite into the baby, you’ll walk away with a $50 gift certificate and a year’s good luck.

[Photo: Facebook/Acadia]

2. Bernie's Southern Bistro

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2904 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 282-9864
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If a low-key Mardi Gras is your thing, Bernie’s is your place. There won’t be live music, but there will be slices of king cake, plenty of Hurricanes, and specials like its much-demanded crawfish pie.

[Photo: Facebook/Bernie’s Southern Bistro ]

3. Delta Cafe

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4607 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 771-3101
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On Fat Tuesday, Delta’s frying beignets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and boiling crawfish from 2 p.m. on. Add $5 Hurricanes all day long and you’ve got yourself a true Mardi Gras party.

[Photo: Facebook/Delta Cafe ]

4. Eat: An Oyster Bar

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3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 281-1222
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At Ethan Powell and Tobias Hogan’s oyster bar this Fat Tuesday, you'll find in-season oysters, Hurricanes, and plenty of Crescent City dishes. And this year, Eat's offering a bunch of giveaways: free beans and rice bowls to the homeless and those otherwise in need, and a $100 gift certificate to the person who's judged to dress up in the best Mardi Gras costume.  

[Photo: Facebook/EaT: An Oyster Bar]

5. Miss Delta

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3950 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 287-7629
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Miss Delta will whip out some down-home cooking. Cajun and Creole specials are still being dialed in, but expect jazz, tossed beads, and king cakes flown in straight from New Orleans.  

[Photo: Facebook/Miss Delta]

6. My Brother's Crawfish

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8220 SE Harrison St
Portland, OR 97216
(503) 774-3786
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You could argue that it’s Mardi Gras every day at My Brother’s Crawfish—that’s the theme there, after all—and the menu’s all New Orleans: Expect gumbo, etouffe, jambalaya, po’ boys, Cajun Dungeness crab cakes, and seafood and crawfish boils.  

[Photo: Facebook/My Brother’s Crawfish]

7. Po'Shines Cafe de La Soul

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8139 N Denver Ave
Portland, OR 97217
Po’Shines is Portland’s true-blue soul food, brought to the people by Pastor Elbert Mondainé Jr. Naturally, it gives back, too, by providing job training to at-risk youth. Celebrate those good works with po’boys, fried catfish, trinity greens, and beignets—just note the restaurant does not serve alcohol.  

[Photo: Facebook/Po’Shines de la Soul]

8. Tapalaya

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28 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 232-6652
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Tapalaya gets into the Fat Tuesday spirit this year with king cake beignets, happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. and music from Reggie Houston and his band from 6 to 9 p.m. Fat Tuesday’s the most swinging day of the year here, so make sure you make a reservation. And feel free to borrow some of Tapalaya’s beads, masks, or hats, so you can look the part while dining and imbibing.  

[Photo: Facebook/Tapalaya]

9. Bowery Bagels

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310 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-6674
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What’s it look like when a kosher bagel shop run by a native New Yorker celebrates Mardi Gras? It looks a lot like pączkis, or little highly caloric pastries filled with jellies and creams. Pączkis are eaten in many homes—especially in the Midwest—on Fat Tuesday, as a final sugary snack before Lent’s self-imposed 40 days of grim sacrifice. Pro tip: If you want to order some, do so by 4 p.m., February 24. If you wait till Fat Tuesday proper, you’re going to be waiting in line for a while.

[Photo: Facebook/Bowery Bagels ]

10. Olympia Oyster Bar

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4214 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(619) 723-9203
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Maylin Chavez and her team will be bouncing to olde-tyme jazz while offering guests Haitian and Creole-inspired snacks, sazeracs, and a dozen-oysters special that runs just $18. Plus, everything’s offered at happy hour prices all night long.

[Photo: Dina Avila]

11. The Waiting Room

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2327 NW Kearney St
Portland, OR 97210
Fried chicken may be The Waiting Room’s ace-in-the-hole, but that doesn’t mean that the menu hasn’t dialed in New Orleans-inspired eats like cornmeal hushpuppies and barbecue shrimp—not to mention excellent palomas. And don’t forget to pre-game your meal with the Waiting Room’s other secret weapon, oysters.  

[Photo: The Waiting Room]

12. Chez Dodo

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427 SW Stark St.
Portland, OR
(503) 270-9258
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Chez Dodo doesn’t make Louisiana-style dishes, but this Mauritian food cart relies on Creole cuisine, as well as the cuisines of France, India, China and Africa. Before heading out to parade down Mississippi Avenue, drop by Chez Dodo for one of chef Shyam Dausoa’s famed (and very reasonably priced) samosas, aka shyamosas.  

[Photo: Chez Dodo]

13. Rockin' Crab Café

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3113 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
If you really want to get your Mardi Gras groove on, head over the Rockin’ Crab Café, David Chuang’s still newish Hong Kong-Cajun mashup, for a down home Louisiana-style seafood boil. And don’t forget to try the deep fried fish sauce wings with a side of kimchi. Also, don't forget to wear a bib.  

[Photo: Mattie John Bamman]

1. Acadia

1303 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212
For the 15th straight year, Acadia’s celebrating Fat Tuesday with a trove of New Orleans-style specials: catfish, jambalaya, shrimp creole, and confit chicken legs, as well as absinthe flights. Seamus Foran’s kitchen will be baking up some King Cakes, too. If you find yourself lucky enough to bite into the baby, you’ll walk away with a $50 gift certificate and a year’s good luck.

[Photo: Facebook/Acadia]

1303 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97212

2. Bernie's Southern Bistro

2904 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
If a low-key Mardi Gras is your thing, Bernie’s is your place. There won’t be live music, but there will be slices of king cake, plenty of Hurricanes, and specials like its much-demanded crawfish pie.

[Photo: Facebook/Bernie’s Southern Bistro ]

2904 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

3. Delta Cafe

4607 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
On Fat Tuesday, Delta’s frying beignets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and boiling crawfish from 2 p.m. on. Add $5 Hurricanes all day long and you’ve got yourself a true Mardi Gras party.

[Photo: Facebook/Delta Cafe ]

4607 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206

4. Eat: An Oyster Bar

3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
At Ethan Powell and Tobias Hogan’s oyster bar this Fat Tuesday, you'll find in-season oysters, Hurricanes, and plenty of Crescent City dishes. And this year, Eat's offering a bunch of giveaways: free beans and rice bowls to the homeless and those otherwise in need, and a $100 gift certificate to the person who's judged to dress up in the best Mardi Gras costume.  

[Photo: Facebook/EaT: An Oyster Bar]

3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

5. Miss Delta

3950 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Miss Delta will whip out some down-home cooking. Cajun and Creole specials are still being dialed in, but expect jazz, tossed beads, and king cakes flown in straight from New Orleans.  

[Photo: Facebook/Miss Delta]

3950 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

6. My Brother's Crawfish

8220 SE Harrison St, Portland, OR 97216
You could argue that it’s Mardi Gras every day at My Brother’s Crawfish—that’s the theme there, after all—and the menu’s all New Orleans: Expect gumbo, etouffe, jambalaya, po’ boys, Cajun Dungeness crab cakes, and seafood and crawfish boils.  

[Photo: Facebook/My Brother’s Crawfish]

8220 SE Harrison St
Portland, OR 97216

7. Po'Shines Cafe de La Soul

8139 N Denver Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Po’Shines is Portland’s true-blue soul food, brought to the people by Pastor Elbert Mondainé Jr. Naturally, it gives back, too, by providing job training to at-risk youth. Celebrate those good works with po’boys, fried catfish, trinity greens, and beignets—just note the restaurant does not serve alcohol.  

[Photo: Facebook/Po’Shines de la Soul]

8139 N Denver Ave
Portland, OR 97217

8. Tapalaya

28 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Tapalaya gets into the Fat Tuesday spirit this year with king cake beignets, happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. and music from Reggie Houston and his band from 6 to 9 p.m. Fat Tuesday’s the most swinging day of the year here, so make sure you make a reservation. And feel free to borrow some of Tapalaya’s beads, masks, or hats, so you can look the part while dining and imbibing.  

[Photo: Facebook/Tapalaya]

28 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

9. Bowery Bagels

310 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209
What’s it look like when a kosher bagel shop run by a native New Yorker celebrates Mardi Gras? It looks a lot like pączkis, or little highly caloric pastries filled with jellies and creams. Pączkis are eaten in many homes—especially in the Midwest—on Fat Tuesday, as a final sugary snack before Lent’s self-imposed 40 days of grim sacrifice. Pro tip: If you want to order some, do so by 4 p.m., February 24. If you wait till Fat Tuesday proper, you’re going to be waiting in line for a while.

[Photo: Facebook/Bowery Bagels ]

310 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209

10. Olympia Oyster Bar

4214 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Maylin Chavez and her team will be bouncing to olde-tyme jazz while offering guests Haitian and Creole-inspired snacks, sazeracs, and a dozen-oysters special that runs just $18. Plus, everything’s offered at happy hour prices all night long.

[Photo: Dina Avila]

4214 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217

11. The Waiting Room

2327 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97210
Fried chicken may be The Waiting Room’s ace-in-the-hole, but that doesn’t mean that the menu hasn’t dialed in New Orleans-inspired eats like cornmeal hushpuppies and barbecue shrimp—not to mention excellent palomas. And don’t forget to pre-game your meal with the Waiting Room’s other secret weapon, oysters.  

[Photo: The Waiting Room]

2327 NW Kearney St
Portland, OR 97210

12. Chez Dodo

427 SW Stark St., Portland, OR
Chez Dodo doesn’t make Louisiana-style dishes, but this Mauritian food cart relies on Creole cuisine, as well as the cuisines of France, India, China and Africa. Before heading out to parade down Mississippi Avenue, drop by Chez Dodo for one of chef Shyam Dausoa’s famed (and very reasonably priced) samosas, aka shyamosas.  

[Photo: Chez Dodo]

427 SW Stark St.
Portland, OR

13. Rockin' Crab Café

3113 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
If you really want to get your Mardi Gras groove on, head over the Rockin’ Crab Café, David Chuang’s still newish Hong Kong-Cajun mashup, for a down home Louisiana-style seafood boil. And don’t forget to try the deep fried fish sauce wings with a side of kimchi. Also, don't forget to wear a bib.  

[Photo: Mattie John Bamman]

3113 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

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