From the festive scene of Ybor City to the beach bars that dot the coast, the Tampa Bay area has numerous areas where you can let your hair down during the greatest party holiday of the year. One of the best ways to celebrate the spirit and culture of Mardi Gras is visiting one of the area’s many Cajun restaurants and bars, and if you’re unsure of where to go, here are five places that should be on your list to let the good times roll in Tampa Bay.
The Big Easy
1704 7th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605
The spirit of the Big Easy is alive and well at this Ybor City bar and restaurant. The Big Easy has the culture of New Orleans dripping from its walls, its awesome Cajun cuisine, and its drinks, which are some of the strongest in Ybor City.
Alferd’s New Orleans Cafe
7917 Flower Ave., Tampa, FL 33619
When you want authentic Cajun cuisine, you have to go on the path least traveled. Down this path, you will find Alfred’s New Orleans Cafe, a mom-and-pop place that has a Cajun-inspired cuisine, such as gumbo and Cajun fried chicken, that will be good to the soul on Mardi Gras.
Cajun Cafe on the Bayou
8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Over in Pinellas County, this suburban eatery packs a huge punch in Tampa Bay’s Cajun scene. Cajun Cafe on the Bayou in suburban Pinellas Park can fry up Cajun catfish just like the folks in New Orleans can do it, and, along with the rest of their menu, this is a spot where Mardi Gras will be full in effect, cuisine-wise.
Owens Fish Camp
516 Burns Ln., Sarasota, FL 34236
Sarasota has a cache of great restaurants, but for something with New Orleans flair for Mardi Gras, this is the place to go. Owens Fish Camp makes great Cajun-style seafood, and, with it, you can get great drinks that will go perfectly with your Big Easy-flavored cuisine.
Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille
101 N. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland, FL 33801
Over in the Polk County city of Lakeland, Mardi Gras is bursting with flavor at this downtown spot. Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille have great seafood that has a Cajun flair to it, and it’s that taste that will be hard to forget when you chow down on this delicious seafood during Mardi Gras.