Mardi Gras Reprieve & Refuel in the French Quarter: New Orleans Creole Cookery
Located within the French Quarter on Toulouse Street and just a short walk from the downtown parades and the raucousness of Bourbon Street is New Orleans Creole Cookery, a respite for revelers looking to relax and refuel. Along with its flavorful, authentic Creole dishes and quality, craft cocktails, New Orleans Creole Cookery offers a slice of sanity and quiet within the charming environment of an historic, early 17th-century townhouse complete with a carriageway and recently updated courtyard.
Whether you’re looking for a quick bite and a place to pre-game for parades or a full, decadent Creole dining experience, New Orleans Creole Cookery offers the best of all worlds to visitors and locals enjoying Mardi Gras. The updated courtyard is the perfect locale for eats and drinks on mild-weather days and features a new outdoor bar, romantic lighting around the old fountain, and an impressive, brand-new, three-story mural. Indoors, the old-fashioned oyster bar and comfortable dining room offer an inviting and warm atmosphere.
Just in time for Mardi Gras, new cocktails include the Frozen Creole Coffee—a little buzz of booze and caffeine with fresh-brewed coffee, Absolut Vanilla Vodka, and Praline & Cream Liqueur topped with whipped cream and fresh-shaved chocolate—and the festive, Mardi Gras-infused Sazerac, wherein bourbon meets your favorite cinnamon king cake.
“For my ladies who love to brunch, we now offer ‘Frosé,’ also known as frozen rosé,” says Anna Tusa, Properietor. “It’s the perfect marriage between a frozen daiquiri and a refreshing glass of rosé,” she says.
Also, don’t forget the famous Voodoo Juice, a well-known punch from the New Orleans Tusa restaurant family. Served in fun, 24-oz. neon orange cups, this boozy, tropical treat is refillable at a special price during Mardi Gras and is “so strong it will cast a spell on you,” according to Tusa.
As to bites, one must-have is the char-grilled oysters, which are served hot off the grill with parmesan and butter bubbling to perfection on the fat, juicy Gulf oysters. Other popular appetizers include the stacked Crab Cake Napoleon and a subtly spicy take on calamari. Favorite entrees include the Pecan Crusted Redfish, which features a fresh filet of redfish dusted with flour, dipped in pecan batter, delicately fried to perfection, and topped with a meunière sauce. The Shrimp Pasta Orleans is a well-balanced, flavorful combination of juicy shrimp, tomatoes, mushrooms, pimentos, spinach, and pasta all tossed in a mushroom cream sauce, which Tusa calls “sure fuel” to keep you enjoying the festivities.
New Orleans Creole Cookery is open every day during Mardi Gras, including Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. The restaurant is located at 508 Toulouse Street, and hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Reservations are not necessary but are welcome and can be made via OpenTable at NewOrleansCreoleCookery.com.