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Happy Mardi Gras: Come celebrate at these local NOLA spots

Written by Nick Brinkerhoff

March is a fun and festive time to visit New Orleans, with the historic Bourbon street flooded with locals and tourists alike celebrating Mardi Gras with elaborate masks and colorful beads and accessories. Mardi Gras, which translates directly to “Fat Tuesday,” refers to the celebration leading up to Ash Wednesday. The first Mardi Gras parade was held in New Orleans on February 24, 1857, and has been celebrated since with parade floats, music, and more.  

In honor of Fat Tuesday, we compiled a list of Neighborhood Favorites in the New Orleans area. These spots are truly local, recommended by neighbors who live in the New Orleans area, so you know they are going to be good.

Whether you need a nail touch up or are craving a taste of that famous New Orleans seafood, these businesses will help you live like a local while you’re in town.

Russell’s Marina Grill

New Orleans neighbors voted Russell’s Marina Grill as their favorite breakfast and brunch spot for their delicious traditional breakfast items along with a variety of health-conscious eats like egg white omelets, sweet potato pancakes, roasted turkey, and salads. Serving its community since 1985, Russell’s offers a welcoming environment where you can fuel up at their counter, dining room, or outside on their pet-friendly patio.

Bayou Beer Garden

Bayou Beer Garden has something for everyone with its expansive list of beers on tap and in the bottle. They also have a seasonal beer list from local breweries, giving you a true taste of Louisiana. Not interested in beer? Bayou Beer Garden has a packed calendar of fun events like free yoga.

Castnet Seafood

Castnet’s has some of the best and freshest seafood that NOLA has to offer with a selection that will blow your mind– shrimp, oysters, catfish, trout, crab, crawfish, you name it! They’ll serve up your seafood in a variety of ways– with toast, on a bun, or on a 10” French baguette. Fish not your jam? Castnet has tons of sides like sausage, potato salad, corn, and fries that should satisfy everyone in your party.

Bayou Bicycles

Looking to explore the beautiful south, or work off your Mardi Gras overindulgences? Bayou Bicycles offers bike rentals, with affordable rates and easy to use Speed Cruisers. If you’re in the market for new wheels, they also carry an array of bike brands with the latest technology for purchase.

Cindy’s Nail & Spa

Locals love going to Cindy’s for all their nail care needs. Whether you are looking to get a simple manicure, or a full mani/pedi, Cindy’s is your place. They offer a wide range of services at an affordable price, and neighbors love their customer service. They also offer wine to their of-age patrons– I’ll take a pinot grigio, please!


Interested in seeing the Neighborhood Favorites in your neighborhood? Visit nextdoor.com/favorites or tap the heart icon on your Nextdoor app.

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