WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Forget about the cold with hot Cajun fare in honor of Fat Tuesday. For those not able to make it to Mardi Gras this year, there are plenty of places in Westchester to satisfy Southern cravings -- and bite into a small ray of New Orleans sunshine.
The Bayou Restaurant , Mount Vernon : This ode to the Crescent City is all about fun, good food and strong cocktails. On Fat Tuesday, CJ Chenier And The Red Hot Louisana Band will be playing amidst a prix fixe $65 dinner full of Cajun specials. Seatings are at 6 p.m , 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Can't make it on Tuesday? No worries.The Bayou lives and breathes N'awlins with Fat Tuesday promotions that extend all year in the form of all-you-can-eat specials, in addition to Wednesday VooDoo Nights with food and beverage discounts. And did we mention there are more than 100 hot sauces to try? Spice Things Up: 580 Gramatan Ave., 914-668-2634, www.bayourestaurantny.com/ .
Birdsall House , Peekskill: There's always something going on at this popular gastropub. Expect fried oysters, Cajun shrimp remoulade, smoked chicken and sausage gumbo, and Creole jambalaya along with a Hurricane cocktail. The town of Peekskill is doing a huge Mardi Gras celebration complete with parade and pub crawl Feb. 20, which includes additional restaurant participation. Go here for details. Spice Things Up: 970 Main St., 914-930-1880, www.birdsallhouse.net/ .
Rye Roadhouse , Rye: Relish all the Big Easy offers with free beads and cocktail specials including Hurricanes, fried oysters, smothererd pork chops, redfish, beignets, and king cake. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. and last to closing. The restaurant is also serving New Orleans-made Abita beer. Spice Things Up: 12 High St., 914-925-2668, www.ryeroadhouse.com/ .
Savannah's Southern House , Cortland Manor: Catfish sticks, shrimp and grits and jambalaya are among the dishes you'll find at this Southern charmer where, though there's no Mardi Gras special per say, you still get a taste of the good 'ole South. Spice Things Up: 3901 Crompond Rd., 914-736-1203, www.savannahssouthernhouse.com/.
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