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Mardi Gras: Find king cakes in Tacoma and po’ boys in Puyallup

Two locals are bringing Mardi Gras to the South Sound.

Bourbon Street Bar and Grill

401 S. Meridian, Puyallup, 253-604-4404, Facebook

Mike de Alwis, owner of Pierce County’s sole New Orleans-themed restaurant, Bourbon Street Bar and Grill, plans a multiple-day celebration Thursday through Saturday and again on Fat Tuesday (Feb. 17) at his Puyallup restaurant and bar.

Live music will be featured each night. A New Orleans-style brass band will perform each day at 5 p.m. The restaurant’s regular menu will be served until 6 p.m., then a specials menu begins with crawfish étouffée, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and crab cakes.

The restaurant is known for its shrimp po’ boys, fried oysters and its beignets on the daily dessert menu.

Celebrity Cake Studio

314 E. 26th St. Tacoma; 253-627-4773,,

Bakery owner Odette D’Aniello toured Louisiana bakeries last year to learn to make king cakes, the signature dessert for Mardi Gras celebrations. This is the second year she’s offering the cakes for sale at her Tacoma Dome neighborhood bakery, Celebrity Cake Studio. She’ll sell the cakes in three sizes in a number of flavors, including pecan praline, chocolate-walnut, blueberry, cherry, chocolate, raspberry, cinnamon, lemon and more. D’Aniello’s current cake recipe was licensed to Celebrity Cake Studio by Paul's Pastry of Picayune Mississippi.

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