Mardi Gras Memphis - Restaurant Review

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

A sample platter of our house favorites which includes our chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, hearty crawfish corn chowder and rich crawfish etouffee and your choice of blackened shrimp or fried catfish. 15.95
— https://www.mardigrasmemphis.com/menu

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.

 
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