Having spent almost a decade in Louisiana, my heart has grown three sizes bigger as the selections for good Cajun or Creole cuisine in Denton has exploded in recent years. Sure, Denton is still getting used to the idea of a proper Mardi Gras celebration (that Mardi Gras On Walnut idea needs to get resurrected BTW), but turns out there’s plenty to do and see locally this weekend if’n you wanna Laissez les bons temps rouler! Here’s your 2017 Guide to Denton Mardi Gras.


All our favorite spots are serving up crawfish, of course, but here are a few other choice selections beyond and including the usual fare... 


Hoochie's Casual Seafood Dining

Try their Raw Oysters with a Hoochie Platter for 2 and you'll be back, but Sam's gumbo is some'a the best you'll find in DFW. My favorite standout tho is the Baton Rouge, an open-face Blackened Fish po-boy with fries and cole slaw on top... dats good eatin', cha!

Dani Rae's Gulf Coast Kitchen

Love their Creole Crawfish or Shrimp Etouffee, and their Tuesday night Baked Oyster Bar is a definite must for sampling their menu! Finish it off with a slice of Key Lime Pie or regret the missed opportunity later.  

Frilly's Seafood Bayou Kitchen

Crab Cakes over crawfish, and their Jumbo Shrimp Brochette, are favorite specialties alongside their Swamp Fries or Fried Pickles. Frilly's Red Beans and Rice is the real deal.



Denton Rotary Pancake Supper for the Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home – 909 Greenlee Street, 6-7:30p
Didja know Shrove Tuesday is also “Pancake Tuesday” in some Mardi Gras traditions? You can forge your own celebration with Denton Rotary for a good cause.

Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil at Jack’s Tavern – Tuesday Feb 28, 4-10p

East Side Crawfish Party with Abita Beer – Tuesday Feb 28, 4-11p

Mardi Gras Carnival and Nerd Nite – Tuesday Feb 28, 7-11p

Game Changers Masquerade Benefit for Denton Veterans – Tues Feb 28, 9p

Fat Tuesday at Agua Dulce with Strictly Dixie & Vintage Jazz Society – 7-10p

Ron & The Rowdies Dixieland Band at Barley & Board – Tues Feb 28, 5-8p

Got your own Mardi Gras celebration that you don't see above? Let us know in the comments. Don’t forget to tag your photographed shenanigans on Instagram with #WDDI so we can vicariously enjoy your adventures!