Let the Good Times Roll for Mardis Gras!

Whether you’re celebrating Mardis Gras tonight or inspired by the holiday to find a great meal for the future, here are just a few restaurants around the Garden State to keep in mind. Laissez les bons temps rouler! 

Clementine’s Restaurant makes guests feel at home from the moment they walk in. What’s even better is that they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can enjoy the Cajun and Creole inspired foods for any meal of the day.

Ragin’ Cajun offers a variety of Cajun appetizers and meals, including gluten-free and vegetarian options, and you can enjoy live music in their dining room styled restaurant.

The Blue Claw Seafood & Crab Eatery has been serving crab since 1961 and welcomes guests in for a fun, friendly crab house experience, which also includes shrimp, scallops, fish, barbeque and options for the kids.

Fort Lee
Louisiana Seafood’s
 NJ location serves seafood from Louisiana, and is a top provider of shrimp, oysters, crabs, crawfish and alligator in the nation. Check out a lunch special or one of their options from the boiler or fryer.

Crossroads has been open for more than 20 years. Going above and beyond “NOLA-inspired,” Crossroads also has a robust bar, from which it offers an extensive list of craft brews and daily entertainment.

Jersey City
Just Beclaws is “Southern cuisine with a Vietnamese influence,” and has 20 years of business—and counting—under its belt. No reservations are required and takeout is also available.

Lake Hopatcong
Upstream Grille features seafood, gumbo, chicken, and pasta. Most dishes at the Cajun eatery can be made gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan if requested. Live music plays six nights a week, and if you miss Mardis Gras you only need to wait two days, because every Thursday is Fat Thursday at Upstream!

New Brunswick
The Old Bay Restaurant offers fresh seafood, steaks, chops, and southern-Louisiana specialties. Their award-winning draft and craft beer list features 24 taps pouring fine micro-brewed imported domestic beer. Mardi Gras will be celebrated tonight from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and for $15 you get a New Orleans Style buffet, specials and giveaways from New Belgium Brewing, and live music from The New Brunswick Jazz Project and ON7 Band.

The Hat City Kitchen specializes in Cajun/Creole and soul food. Enjoy soups, burgers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, seafood and other signature dishes with live music six nights a week.

Point Pleasant
The Quarter House Restaurant combines Cajun, Creole and Jersey Shore classic recipes. They are BYOB and serve dinner on most nights as well as brunch and lunch on Sundays.

—Compiled and written by Jayne Chacko and Jon Faronea