Where To Celebrate Fat Tuesday In Huntington Beach
Every year we welcome a special day dedicated to unbridled debauchery and costumery. Fat Tuesday 2015 is here, and Main Street Huntington Beach is the place to celebrate. There's cajun creole cooking, Surf City Nights, and a few Mardi Gras parties just begging to bead party-goers—all taking place before the traditional Lenten fasting and abstinence you'll surely all be observing.
Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking
Fat Tuesday provides the perfect excuse to indulge in rich food, and there's no better place to pay homage to Louisiana-style cooking than Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking. Located at Fifth and Walnut, Ritter's prepares its dishes right in front of diners in jacketed steam kettles with custom spice levels.
Start with the Cajun Calamari (calamari fried in cajun seasoned flour, served with cocktail sauce and horseradish), Fried Pickles (southern style fried pickles with spicy cream sauce), and Steamers (mussels or clams cooked in butter, garlic, lemon, and basil clam broth), then move on to a bowl of the traditional creamy New England Clam Chowder or zesty Manhattan Clam Chowder—or get both with the mixed chowder option. Go big with one of Ritter's savory entrees, like the Cioppino (white fish, shrimp, crab, calamari, mussels, and clams cooked in a sherry wine tomato broth), Jambalaya (boldly seasoned tomato based sauce with shrimp, chicken, andouille pork sausage, and rice), or Ritter's Famous Gumbo (okra, trinity, and andouille pork sausage in a full flavor dark roux sauce served with rice, plus choices of fish and meat). Wash it down with a G-rated sweet tea before heading out for the street fair and Mardi Gras libations.
Surf City Nights
Surf City Nights hosts the semifinals of the "Surf City's Got Talent" contest tonight, so walk off dinner with a stroll up and down Main and Fifth and experience local musicians, comedians, dancers, vendors, and more.
Mardi Gras Jams
Thirsty? We thought so. The Longboard Restaurant & Pub, Fred's Mexican Cafe, and Baja Sharkeez are all throwing Mardi Gras parties this evening. Fred's looks to be the more wild choice of the two earlier happenings, with beads, costumes, a cake-eating contest, and their standard Taco Tuesday fare kicking off at 4 p.m. The New Orleans Hurricane at the Longboard sounds like a must-sip, and the party starts at 5 p.m. Grumbling tummies can also get their fix with the Longboard's special Mardi Gras menu, featuring festive plates like Louisiana Fried Catfish and Shrimp Creole. For the night owls, Baja Sharkeez doesn't get the party started until 9 p.m.
Whatever you do, behave.