Learn about upcoming Mardi Gras celebrations, seafood and Cajun restaurants and where to buy crawfish and king cake.
From gumbo and jambalaya to crawfish by the pound, Frisco has a variety of food events and specials to celebrate Mardi Gras season, which ends Feb. 25.
Seafood and Cajun food
Mud Bugs Bar and Grill offers everything from the traditional jambalaya and gumbos to crawfish po’boys and catfish atchafalaya to bourbon bread pudding and New Orleans beignets. 8075 FM 423, Unit 410.
Jenevein’s most popular dishes are the tiger shrimp, roast beef po’boy and Maiu mushroom burger. 360 Stonebrook Parkway, Unit 100.
The Green Gator serves traditional brunch foods with a twist weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Oscar Benedict is an English muffin with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and crabmeat served with brunch potatoes. The regular Eggs Benedict substitutes the crabmeat for andouille sausage. The “BBQ Shrimp N’Awlins Style” is sautéed shrimp in creole barbecue sauce with andouille sausage, grits and toasted French bread. 5566 Main St., Unit 110.
Food by the pound
Mud Bugs sells crawfish — live and boiled — for $7.99 per pound.
The Taste of Mardi Gras Foods is a catering business that serves a variety of dishes. Large alligator sausages are sold for $2.50 per pound. Its 16-serving NOLA lumped creamy crab soup is $5.75 per pound. Dishes can serve between 40 to 50 people, depending on the serving size.
Aw Shucks Oyster Bar has six locations in Dallas-Fort Worth. The restaurant menu sells crawfish, snow crab legs, dungeness crab legs and hot-boiled shrimp by the pound. The Shucks Platter contains one pound of crab, half a pound of shrimp, half a pound of sausage, corn and potatoes. 4710 Preston Road.
King cake-inspired desserts
Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery Frisco has king cake as a specialty flavor every Tuesday through Mardi Gras. 1101 S. Preston Road, Unit 20.
Mud Bugs serves fried king cake bites on the regular and Louisiana king cakes on a weekly basis. Flavors include plain, cream cheese, pralines ‘n cream, Bavarian cream, cinnamon ‘n pecan, raspberry ‘n cream, blueberry ‘n cream and strawberries ‘n cream. The deadline for orders is Thursday at 10 a.m. for Saturday pickup.
Casa Linda Bakery, which also has a location in Dallas, sells king cake with cinnamon on a first-come, first-served basis. 4350 Main St., Unit 140.
Unrefined Bakery serves a gluten-free king cake doughnut. 3411 Preston Road, Unit 8.
Blue Bell Ice Cream has a Mardi Gras flavor in most grocery stores.
Fat Tuesday events
Mardi Gras Paddle and Pint begins Feb. 22 at DFW Surf in Hidden Cove Park and Marina. Guests will meet at the surf shop for equipment around 5 p.m. before paddling out to the island to celebrate in true Mardi Gras-style. Beads, masks and paint are encouraged and can earn you a discount on equipment. 3 Nations Brewing will supply the beer. 5 to 7 p.m., 20400 Hackberry Creek Park Road.
Rockin’ S Bar and Grill’s Pre-Mardi Gras Party, located near the surf shop, will also celebrate on Feb. 22. Join your friends for a drink on the last weekend of Mardi Gras. Noon to 10 p.m., 20400 Hackberry Creek Park Road.
Mardi Gras 2020 at the Cowboys Club will be celebrated with beads, cocktails and traditional Cajun-style food. The Buzz Andrews Band will perform throughout the evening. 6 to 8 p.m., 5 Cowboys Way, Suite 200.