New Orleans may be more than 1,400 miles away from Connecticut, but you can still eat, drink and be merry like you're in the French Quarter. Check out a roundup of local Mardi Gras menus (all events are on Feb. 9 unless otherwise noted):
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>>Black-eyed Sally's, 350 Asylum St., Hartford, features several events: a $13.95 all-you-can-eat "Southern feast" lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; happy hour drink specials and "complimentary Cajun vittles" from 4 to 6 p.m.; and music by Rivercity Slim & the Zydeco Hogs starting at 7:30 p.m. ($5 cover.) The nighttime festivities include stiltwalkers, face painting and beads. 860-278-RIBS, blackeyedsallys.com.
>>Infinity Hall, 32 Front St., Hartford, hosts a Mardi Gras gala starting at 4 p.m. The event features Cajun-inspired food and drink specials, party favors, prizes and a 7:30 p.m. performance by Robert Leonard's Slippery Sneakers, a Zydeco dance band. Tickets include entrance to the party and the show; cost is $20 for orchestra-level seating and $40 for mezzanine seats. Cash bar and food are sold separately. infinityhall.com.
>>Cure, 55 Mill St., Unionville, hosts a Fat Tuesday masquerade bash, featuring a $50 gift card prize for best mask, a 3-piece jazz band and Mardi Gras-themed food and drink specials (gumbo, popcorn alligator, fried oyster po'boy, jambalaya, muffaletta, crab beignets, Hurricanes, Sazeracs.) 860-321-7821, curerestaurantct.com.
>>Nat Hayden's, 144B Broad St., Windsor, offers festive specials on Mardi Gras Tuesday, such as crawfish bisque, a fried shrimp po'boy, jambalaya, shrimp creole and king cake-themed cheesecake, as well as its regular menu items like Louisiana gumbo and blackened or fried catfish. 860-298-8955, haydensrealbbq.com.
>>Elm City Social, 266 College St., New Haven, offers a full-day Fat Tuesday celebration with special food and drink items (crawfish boil, shrimp etouffee, crawfish Monica, king cake, Sazeracs, purple possets.) 475-441-7436, elmcitysocial.com.
>>Wood-n-Tap's seasonal Mardi Gras menu is available now through Feb. 14, with specials like gumbo, fried crawfish, Cajun flatbread, po'boys with catfish or crawfish, jambalaya and etouffee. Tuesday also features $5 drinks like tiki sangria, key lime martinis and hurricanes. woodntap.com.
* This post has been updated to add details about Wood-n-Tap's drink specials.