Mardi Gras Memphis - Restaurant Review
I live in Brooklyn, NY and work requires frequent travel to Memphis, TN. In the 3 to 4 days that I'm there per month, I get time in the evenings to check out the city and see all that it has to offer.
I'm especially fond of the food - As of this writing (August 17th, 2018), I've been to Memphis 5 times for a total of 21 days and I don't think I've had a bad meal in that time. That's 21 days x 2-ish meals per day for a total of 42 meals. This article is going to focus on Mardi Gras Memphis.
I went to this restaurant based on very high recommendations from co-workers and the food did not disappoint. I went to the restaurant intending to try the jambalaya but the waitress said its not an item they serve anymore. No worries, I confidently ordered the Mardi Gras Grand Sampler which is described as
For appetizer I got the Blake's Boy Etouffee Pistolet. I had a hard time pronouncing the words and I think the waitress got a little annoyed at me the amount of times I asked her to pronounce items on the menu.
The food was AMAZING! I think this is the best non-bbq I've had in Memphis since I've been traveling here. My favorite part of the meal was the crawfish corn chowder. This says a lot because I've only recently started eating corn after about 25 years and I'm still not fully acclimated to the taste. The corn chowder was sweet and had a lot of flavor.
The rest of the sampler provided an interesting mix of textures and flavors. I'm not sure what the etiquette was but I switched to my spoon and cleaned out all the little 4oz bowls that you see the photos below - every.last.drop. The entire meal was so good that I ended up ordering the red beans and rice appetizer to go. (That also did not disappoint as a snack later that night)
This is going to sound a little sad but I think my experience with cajun food is limited to Popeyes. I knew there was better options based on photos I've seen on Facebook and Instagram.
All said I didn't get the jambalaya I was hoping for but I found a new favorite Memphis restaurant.
Mardi Gras Memphis is located at 496 N Watkins St, Memphis, TN 38104.