Mardi Gras means it's time to drink hurricanes and wear beads for a night. This week is busy early with Fat Tuesday festivities, which range from casual to fine dining. Then it’s whiskey Wednesday with a dinner featuring the best from all over Texas, followed by an exclusive wine tasting on Thursday. Finish the week strong with yoga and brunch by Saturday morning.
Tuesday, March 5
Mardi Gras at Southern Classic Daiquiri Factory
No reservations needed for this down-home taste of New Orleans. The casual Cajun and Creole restaurant features dozens of frozen daiquiris, just like many corner dives around the French Quarter, and all will be $3 on Fat Tuesday. Think flavors ranging from white Russian and hurricane to amaretto sour and peach. In addition to the regular menu items like seafood gumbo, boudin balls, and red beans and rice, there’ll be a crawfish boil by Baton Rouge-based Southern Boilers along with DJ music. The party will run from 5 pm until midnight.
Fat Tuesday at Bourbon Street Oyster Bar & Grill
Details are fairly slim, but the Montgomery Plaza restaurant named for the official Fat Tuesday headquarters is promising crawfish, cocktails, and live music by a legit zydeco band. Festivities will run from 3 pm until midnight.
Mardi Gras at Waters
While chef Jon Bonnell is in New Orleans participating in official Mardi Gras festivities himself, his Sundance Square seafood restaurant will serve some authentic Crescent City cuisine. (The chef once interned at Mr. B’s Bistro in the French Quarter and keeps a close connection.) Go for menu specials like Gulf shrimp and crawfish etoufee, sea scallop and andouille sausage jambalaya, and French bread pudding. The specials end on Fat Tuesday.
Wednesday, March 6
Texas Whiskey Dinner at Del Frisco’s Grille
The first night sold out, so the Sundance Square restaurant added a second night to celebrate whiskeys and cuisine from around the state. Four courses will include Texas redfish ceviche, wild boar ribs, Texas quail, and apple cobbler. Featured whiskeys include Firestone & Robertson, Balcones, Herman Marshall, and Garrison Brothers. The dinner is $75, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, March 7
Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival Sipping Series: Reserve Wine Tasting
There’ll be more than 25 pours at this fine wine tasting, where local wine gurus will guide participants through reds, whites, and bubbly from around the world. The event will run from 6-8 pm at Café Modern, and assorted hors d’oeuvres are included in the $75 per-person price. The event is a precursor to the sixth annual festival, set to begin April 4.
Saturday, March 9
Brunch & Yoga at Magdalena’s
Add Magdalena’s to the growing list of venues pairing yoga with brunch. The caterer will serve tacos, mini chicken biscuits, French toast, and yogurt after a rejuvenating yoga class. Bring your own bubbly to make your own mimosas — Magdalena’s will provide the juice. The class begins at 10:30 am and spots are $30 at the door, but reservations in advance are encouraged. Don’t forget your mat.