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Local Flavors of Mardi Gras

January 21, 2022Written by: Tori Davis

Mardi Gras is a time of celebration here in Louisiana. While we’ve been known to celebrate with parades, balls, and festivals, one of our favorite ways to celebrate the Carnival season is with food. Here is a look at where you can find all the flavors of Mardi Gras in Ruston this time of year.

Traditional Flavors

Gambino's King Cake | Photo via Log Cabin


If you’re looking for a traditional taste of Mardi Gras, we recommend grabbing a slice of sweet and cinnamony king cake. This classic Carnival dessert can be found in a few different varieties at these Ruston eateries:

Log Cabin Grill & Market – Joe Gambino’s Bakery King Cakes whole or by the slice (traditional, cream cheese and praline flavors available).
PJ's Coffee Ruston - Caludas King Cakes whole or by the slice (traditional and cream cheese flavors available)
Ponchatoulas – Joe Gambino’s Bakery King Cakes whole or by the slice
Social Bites – Whole King Cakes (online order only)
Uptown Downtown – King Cake by the slice
Grown and Grazed - Homemade King Cake by the slice or whole cake


Mardi Gras-Inspired

King Cake Cannolis | Photo via Uptown Downtown


Who says you can’t get a little creative with the flavors of Carnival season? Our local restaurants have mastered a variety of Mardi Gras-inspired desserts that are just waiting to be indulged in.

Beau Vines Steakhouse – Cheesecake Stuffed Beignets topped with king cake ice cream
Common Goods - Vegan King Cake Donut
Rotolo’s Craft & Crust – King Cake Calzone
Social Bites – King Cake Bars, King Cake Cupcakes (online order only)
Uptown Downtown - King Cake Bread Pudding, King Cake Cannolis, King Cake Cupcakes


Festive Drinks

King Cake Cocktails | Photo via Daq's Wings & Grill


Mardi Gras flavors can also take liquid form. Whether you’re looking for a cocktail or a smoothie, you’re sure to find a festive beverage that suits your tastes.

Daq’s Wings & Grill – King Cake Daquiri
The Depot Coffee House - King Cake Latte
Log Cabin Grill and Market – King Cake Daquiri
PJ's Coffee Ruston - King Cake Crème, King Cake Latte, King Cake Protein Velvet Ice, Zulu Coconut Iced Mocha
Ruston Smoothie King
- King Cake Gladiator Smoothie, King Cake Yogurt D-Lite Smoothie
Trio's Dining - Mardi Gras Martini 
Railway Coffee - Krewe of Railway Drink Brown sugar and praline with festive Mardi Gras sprinkles.


Savory Dishes

Staple Muffaletta | Photo via Staple Sandwich Co. 


Although these signature Louisiana dishes aren’t exclusive to Mardi Gras, they just taste better during the Carnival season.

Beau Vines Steakhouse – Blackened Alligator, Louisiana Gumbo, Shrimp & Grits (brunch menu)
Daq's Wings & Grill - King Cake Burger (Bacon cheeseburger with Velveeta cheese and an icing-dipped bun topped with sprinkles)
Ponchatoulas – Filé or Seafood Gumbo, Jamb(alaya, Muffaletta, Red Beans & Rice
Staple Sandwich Co. – Staple Muffaletta served on homemade focaccia bread
Uptown Downtown - Uptown Muffalettas

What is your favorite flavor of Mardi Gras? Tell us in the comments below. To view a full list of dining options in Ruston and Lincoln Parish, visit our website or view our dining guide.

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