The first post of our Mardi Gras Drinking and Eating Locally Guide features the Krewe of Oshun, which starts at 5:30pm (formerly 6:00pm) today! Oshun is the Goddess of Love, so in her honor, why not get in the Carnival spirit with some of our favorite local spirits and dishes? The parade starts downtown on the corner of Napoleon and Perrier Street, close to the world famous Harrrah’s casino, as I’m sure you are all familiar with! The parade makes its way down St. Charles where it eventually stops at the intersection of Tchoupitoulas and Poydras Street. A complete route of the parade can be found here: http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/schedule/parade-info/parades-oshun.html
So where can you go to enjoy the local foods and spirits while still enjoying the parade? Open til 11pm, our first featured location is the Slice Pizzeria on 1513 St. Charles Street. Located parallel to the parade, this is the spot to be whether it’s before, during, and after the festivities. Take your family here, or enjoy the good times with friends. And for those wondering, yes they do serve alcohol and have a 3-7pm happy hour. Make sure to ask them for any locally sourced drinks, such as Old New Orleans Rum, Oryza Vodka, Cathead Vodka, Crescent Vodka, Tresillo Rum, etc. The waiters will know which ones they carry! Here’s the happy hour menu: http://www.slicepizzeria.com/specials/
What should you get while you’re there? Obviously the Slice has great pizza, but did you know they also serve an amazing locally-sourced barbeque shrimp po’ boy made with Louisiana Shrimp on delicious Dong Phuong bread?
(Pictured) BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy | made with LA Shrimp on Dong Phuong bread
Eating this bad boy not only fills your stomach, but also supports our local economy and farmers, an obvious win-win. We call it the Ultimate Combo: happy hour + BBQ Shrimp Po’ Boy + Krewe of Oshun. It can’t be beat! So kick back, relax, and enjoy our first featured parade and restaurant together. Trust us, this is how you do Mardi Gras right! Stay tuned for more posts from us and follow us on twitter @eatlocalNOLA to stay in the know about how to stay local this Mardi Gras.