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Mardi Gras Guide: After catching beads, find a great place to eat

By PATRICK RAFFERTY Staff Writer
On February 9, 2012

The parade is over, the ice chest is empty and so is your stomach. Your feet can only take you so far, and your body needs one thing and one thing only: food, lots and lots of food.So where should you go?

Depending on where you are, there are almost limitless options to serve your palate, whether it's a po-boy and a daiquiri from Serio's Downtown, some barbeque from Voodoo BBQ, or some fully-loaded fries from Rally's.

Academy of the Sacred Heart Fathers' Club Food Stand

Corner of St. Charles and Napoleon avenues

The Academy of the Sacred Heart Fathers' Club Food Stand provides an assortment of food and alcohol perfect for the college budget.

According to Richard McCormack, president of the Fathers' Club, the food stand is open for every parade throughout Carnival and typically serves food until an hour and a half after the final parade of the day.

Along with chicken gumbo, hot red beans and rice, and hot dogs, the food stand will also serve an assortment of daiquiris, along with several different types of beer, soft drinks and cold water.

New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co.

4141 St. Charles Ave.

Throughout the Carnival season, New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co. offers a variety of food, along with a table to rest your legs and watch the parades roll. The restaurant offers items such as fried catfish, gumbo, roast beef po-boys, hamburgers and a full bar.

If you have a sweet tooth, New Orleans Coffee and Beignet Co., located behind the restaurant, serves hot beignets, as well as an assortment of frozen drinks and hot beverages.

The Grocery

2854 St. Charles Ave.

Though not as big as many of the other restaurants on the parade route, The Grocery offers quality food at an affordable price. The restaurant will be open from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. and again from 6 p.m until the parade ends. The Grocery will serve muffalettas, pressed Cuban sandwiches and gumbo, along with a large drink selection. All of the food and drinks will be served out of a window overlooking the parade route, perfect for an on-the-go stop.

Voodoo BBQ

1510 St. Charles Ave.

When that late-night food craving hits, walk over to Voodoo BBQ and feast on some of the best barbecue on the parade route. The restaurant will be open until 2 a.m. Feb. 16 – Feb. 21.

Along with a full menu, Voodoo BBQ will also have three bars located throughout the restaurant, which will serve a wide variety of mixed drinks, beer, daiquiris and margaritas.

Serio's Po-boys and Deli

133 St. Charles Ave.

If and when you find yourself downtown, Serio's Po-boys and Deli, located on St. Charles Avenue just off of Canal Street, has all the fixings for a between-parade break. According to Mike Serio, who owns the restaurant, Serio's is typically open during the parades and has popular menu items, such as po-boys, gumbo, hot red beans, hamburgers and muffalettas. In addition, Serio's has a full bar, daiquiris and a good beer selection.

Wild Card: Rally's

1632 Louisiana Ave.

Fully Loaded Fries. Enough said.

Patrick Rafferty can be reached at ppraffer@loyno.edu


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