Today is Fat Tuesday, the wonderful holiday devoted to gorging before the Lenten fast. It's also a good excuse for specials and events that lure diners into recession-empty restaurants. Celebrate by eating and drinking heavily at events listed after the jump.
ACME Bar & Grill
What: Cajun eats like gumbo; D.J. Professor Jim Porter earlier in the evening; live zydeco later.
When: Music from 6 p.m.
What: $50 four-course menu includes hush puppies, boudin, and jambalaya, paired with Six Point ales.
When: Reservations available from 6:30 p.m. (seating is communal).
Bourbon Street Bar and Grill
What: Special menu with crawfish boil, jambalaya, and king cake; live New Orleans brass band, the Sugartones.
When: Music starts at 5:30 p.m.
The Delta Grill
What: $20 includes an all-you-can-eat Cajun buffet, a free hurricane cocktail, and live music by bluegrass band Citigrass.
When: Doors open at 5 p.m.
Maxies Bar & Grill
What: An unapologetic Yankee-style celebration with unlimited Sam Adams, sliders, and samplers for $15.
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
SushiSamba (Both locations)
What: Brazilian dishes like crispy suckling pig; samba dancers, Brazilian drummers, and D.J.'s.
When: Music starts at 8 p.m.
What: $45 open bar and live music by Mike Preen & the Hot Six.
When: 8 p.m. to midnight.
Virgils Real BBQ
What: Louisiana dishes include po boys and jambalaya; Magic Hat beer flights; zydeco music.
When: Reservations available from 6:30 p.m.