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- Let's kick off crawfish season the right way.
Fat Tuesday always sneaks up on me. Maybe it's because I'm a bad Catholic, and I often have no idea when Ash Wednesday (the official start date for Lent) is slated for, but you'd think I'd keep better track of a day where we have a caloric free-for-all. We've gathered up a quick run-through of eateries letting the good times roll tomorrow, February 17.
Miss Neesie & the Earfood Orchestra will provide the entertainment for The Cove (606 W. Cypress) Fat Tuesday celebration, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. which doubles as a fundraiser for the St. Paul Lutheran Church Child Development Center. Get a head start on all that Lenten good behavior by supporting a good cause while you revel in the Mardi Gras debauchery — not that we're expecting any boob-baring hedonism at this Five Points ice house. There will, however, parade (weather-permitting), a costume contest, silent auction and chair massages. Free admission.
Party New-Orleans style at The Hangar’s (8203 Broadway) Fat Tuesday celebration. The specials include gumbo and “Hangarcanes,” and the celebration will be complete with giant games, beads, and giveaways.
Lüke San Antonio (125 E. Houston St.) will be hosting a Mardi Gras celebration from 4-8 p.m. Enjoy an extended happy hour featuring a special Mardi Gras brew, and in true New Orleans fashion, hot-boiled crawfish, Andouille jambalaya, Gulf shrimp etouffee and more. Bonus: It's also Downtown Tuesday so marked City-owned lots are free after 5 p.m.
The Downtown celebration continues at Pat O' Brien's (121 Alamo Plaza), which will feature live music, drink specials, beads and more starting at 11 a.m. til closin' time.
Shenanygan's (both locations) will throw fitting parties with $5 Hurricanes. Take it easy with those, or you'll roll up to Ash Wednesday mass still feeling it.
Where Y'at Food Truck will hold court at Alamo Street Eat Bar tomorrow and every Tuesday during crawfish season (which usually runs through June). The spicy little critters are served up with Andouille sausage, potatoes and corn. Quench your thirst with $3 Alamo Golden Ales from the bar. You can also head over to sister eatery, The Cookhouse (720 E. Mistletoe Ave.) which will keep the celebration tame this year, but is hoping to add more crawfish-filled eats (bisque and pie!) as the season progresses.
The San Antonio Zulu Foundation is bringing NOLA to the Riverwalk with their Mardi Gras River Party inside VFW Post 76. Admission is $10, and the event is BYOB so make sure to pack your own booze for the celebration, though beer, wine and setups will be available for purchase. Gates open at 4 p.m.