Everyone knows that parades take center stage during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It’s easy to forget that between navigating through the crowds, seeking out prime parade-watching locations, and securing prized throws, you are going to need to eat at some point. There is no lack of food and drink options sprinkled throughout every parade route, and staying fed and hydrated is the key to surviving Carnival. Check out our list of favorite food and beverage options along (or right off) the parade routes. Many of these stops offer both food and adult beverages — but remember: Mardi Gras is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
535 Tchoupitoulas St.
Stop by for Mardi Gras-inspired cocktails and Caribbean-inspired bites by chef Nina Compton.
575 Convention Center Blvd.
Grande Isle will host the post-parade Krewe of Cork Crawfish Boil on Friday, Feb. 17 on Fulton Street. The event will feature crawfish for $6 a pound, discounted beer and wine, and signature cocktails.
5259 Magazine St.
Classic New Orleans po-boys at a good price. Extra points for being easy to consume on the go.
4800 Magazine St.
Pick up quick-service Israeli cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Pita sandwiches and hummus are staples on the menu.
4518 Magazine St.
The eatery serves several other from-scratch options but the emphasis is on tacos and tequila.
4416 Magazine St.
Grab a slice of pizza and a beer for $5 from this restaurant-and-bar duo!
3827 Baronne St.
Stock up on wine and spirits from the store’s large selection, and don’t forget to check out the full-service deli for sandwiches and other bites.
4338 St. Charles Ave.
Make a reservation to dine at a table or on the balcony of this seafood-heavy restaurant, or grab a cocktail and some crawfish to go. Insider tip: Happy hour is served daily from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and includes 50-cent raw oysters!
4330 St. Charles Ave.
Swing by for bar eats and a lengthy beer selection situated at a prime parade intersection.
2854 St. Charles Ave.
Pastries and desserts along with salads and sandwiches will be served out of this new parade-route addition. Beer will also be on the menu during parade season.
1732 St. Charles Ave.
This craft beer pub will serve low-ABV beers and adult beverages to-go along with a limited food menu of quick, easy bites.
1243 St. Charles Ave.
There is nothing like Popeye’s chicken (don’t forget the biscuit) to cure — or prevent — a hangover. Luckily, the chain, which originated in New Orleans, has a location on the most popular parade route.
634 Julia St.
Sit in the courtyard to rest a spell or grab a cocktail and some Mexican fare to go.
520 Capdeville St.
This trendy gastropub is the place to go to for gourmet comfort foods and burgers just a couple of blocks off the parade route.
Endymion Parade Route (Click Here for Route)
Twelve Mile Limit
500 S. Telemachus St.
Twelve Mile Limit is notorious for throwing an incredible Endymion party. The comfy bar will be open all day serving elevated cocktails and bar food, beginning with brunch, which will be served until 2 p.m.
514 City Park Ave.
Once the parade starts, head over to the popular Vietnamese eatery for its incredible crispy chicken wings and hog roast.
900 N Carrollton Ave.