Well, that snuck up on us.
Fat Tuesday comes early this year, on Feb. 13.
That’s in just a few days, my friends, which means you have the next 11 minutes to figure out how to celebrate.
Here, let me help.
Where: 401 S. Meridian, Puyallup; 253-604-4404
The downtown Puyallup New Orleans-themed restaurant will celebrate with a Mardi Gras-themed party on Friday, Saturday and on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13. The restaurant will set up a heated tent that will hold the Buckshot Brass Band. A special menu will include seafood jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, steak, fried catfish topped with crawfish. For dessert, there are beignets, pecan pie and bread pudding.
Where: Locations in Tacoma, Frederickson, Orting, Lake Tapps.
Pączki (prouncouned poonch-key) are the Polish pastry of choice for those wanting to feast before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of lent. Legendary Doughnuts is your local supplier of the sweet-filled doughnuts that look like Bismarks. The local chain of doughnut bakeries will have pączki through Fat Tuesday. Fillings include apple, raspberry, lemon or bourbon-infused sweet cream.
Where: 208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma; 253-272-7468
New Orleans native Ben Marcus turns the St. Helens neighborhood Irish pub into a pop-up restaurant straight out of the bayou for Mardi Gras. Marcus will have crawfish etouffee ($14) on the menu all month to celebrate, but starting on Monday (Feb. 12) and through next week, there’s also chicken-and-sausage gumbo ($3.50 cup/$8 bowl), a crawfish dip ($14), Bayou-inspired salad ($11.25) and a boiled shrimp po’ boy sandwich ($12).