If you don't want to travel to New Orleans for Mardi Gras that's ok, because there is a bar in Illinois bringing Mardi Gras to the Land of Lincoln in an authentic New Orleans way! Here are the details...

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According to the food experts at Illinois Foodies on Facebook, the place to celebrate Mardi Gras in an authentic New Orleans way here in Illinois is at Nola Bar & Kitchen in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood. According to a social media post from Illinois Foodies...

"Don’t miss out on Mardi Gras season at Nola Bar & Kitchen in Wrigleyville! Fat Tuesday is Feb 13th & they have a special menu planned! Enjoy their 3-Course Pre-fixed dinner, lively music (7pm-9pm), and a vibrant New Orleans atmosphere for just $35! First come, first serve. Regular menu won’t be available on Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday menu: Gumbo | Shrimp Etouffee | N'awlins BBQ shrimp | Braised Cajun Chicken w/red bean & rice | Beignets. 3481 N Clark Chicago"

What is on the menu at Nola Bar & Kitchen in Chicago? According to their website, Nola Bar & Kitchen is home to New Orleans classic drinks like the Hurrican, the Mardi Gras, the To Hell & Back (which is a tequila cocktail), and food favorites like the Big Easy Gumbo, Gator Gumbo, Lobster Jumbalaya, Shrimp Etouffee, Fried Chicken Po Boy, Fried Alligator, and of course...Beignets! To see the full menu, and to learn more about Nola Bar & Kitchen in Chicago, click here!

If you want to make the most out of Mardi Gras without spending the money flying to New Orleans then Nola Bar & Kitchen looks like a great compromise! I had no idea you could get fried alligator in the Land of Lincoln!

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