How to celebrate Fat Tuesday in Wichita
Did Fat Tuesday creep up on you and the ever-present images of King Cakes on social media get you curious (and hungry!)? Have no fear as our 360Wichita foodies put together a great list to help you laissez le bon temps rouler!
First things first: Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday.
The origins of Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday and Fat Tuesday, dating back to medieval times where a holiday was created beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. It was literally time to eat the fattened calves and indulge in food before traditional feasts were commenced. Over the centuries it has evolved into major celebrations in nearly every corner of the globe.
Today Mardi Gras means throwing a really gigantic party to cities along the Gulf Coast, especially to the founding city of Mardi Gras culture, New Orleans. Some of the flavor and frivolity can be found right here in Wichita, Kansas.
CSB will feature live music from Skinny Slim & The Fat Tuesday Brass band. The Fly Stove will be on sight and will feature a special Mardi Gras menu and Pee Wee + Sweet's will be serving up king cake. Food available at 5 pm, music starts at 8 pm.
Location: 156 S Greenwood St
Doo-Dah Diner is hosting a Fat Tuesday Buffet from 5 to 8 pm on February 13th. Part of the proceeds will go to Coming Together For a Cure. Meals are $30 and will feature a crawfish boil, shrimp etouffee, jalapeno cornbread and of course King Cake. Call ahead seating is strongly encouraged.
Location: 1530 S Webb Rd
Phone: (316) 265-7011
Hours: February 13th from 5-8pm
River City Brewing
RCB's Mardi Gras party will feature a Crawfish boil where they're bringing in fresh crawfish straight from Louisiana. They'll also be unveiling a special beer they made "The Hurricane" - inspired after the famous Hurricane cocktail made popular in New Orleans. Also available will be a special cajun pizza and a hurricane beer cocktail. Tickets are $25
Location: 150 N Mosely
XY will have two days to celebrate. March 1st you can enjoy Drag Queen Mardi Gras Bingo benefitting the South YMCA LIVEStrong Program. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 316-201-4670. The cost is $20 for Bingo cards, $5 for extra blackout cards, and $2 for daubers if you don't bring your own. Bingo starts at 7 pm.
March 2nd XY will be throwing their Mardi Gras party with drink specials, free beads, and masks!
Location: 235 N Mosley
St. James Oyster Dinner
All you can eat oysters on the half shell, fried oysters, oyster soup, desserts, soft drinks, and wine or beer at St. James Episcopal Church. Tickets: $45 in advance. Proceeds go on to help Episcopal Social Services and the Wichita Children's Home.
Location: 3750 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, Kansas 67208
Hours: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Starting at 11 am enjoy half price appetizers, $3 Hurricanes, and $9.99 Cajun platters with frog legs, jalapeno hush puppies and crawfish gumbo. Also, enjoy a special happy hour from 3-6pm with half-price drinks.
Location: 801 S Seneca
Kansas Star Casino's Fat Tuesday Celebration starts at 6:00 pm. They will be featuring a Creole-Style Po-Boy Special, Live Zydeco music featuring the Mudbugs, drinks specials, and king cakes! Mardi Gras Drink Specials - $6 each - Green Wave, Undercurrent, and Hurricane
Location: 777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane, KS 67110
Hours: Starts at 6:00 pm
Drink specials and jambalaya and Cajun set of food at 3:00 - music at 5:00 - mardi gras party all night long!
Location: 923 E 1st St N, Wichita, KS 67202
Hours: Party starts at 3 pm, Music starts at 5 pm
Chicken N Pickle
One of Wichita's newest restaurants will be turning its game room into a New Orleans themed party complete with a shrimp boil and hurricanes. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Location: 1240 N Greenwich
Harvest Kitchen & Bar
Located inside the Hyatt Hotel, you can find featured entrees such as gumbo, etouffee and a crawfish boil. Their special Mardi Gras Menu will be available from 11 am to 10 pm.
Location: 400 West Waterman
La Galette is taking pre-orders for beignets and King Cakes for Mardi Gras. Orders must be placed by Saturday and will be available for pick up on Fat Tuesday.
Location: 1017 W Douglas
The Donut Whole will feature special King cake donuts on Fat Tuesday. They're currently taking pre-orders for donuts to be picked up on Tuesday.
Location: 1720 E Douglas, Wichita, KS