How to Do Fat Tuesday in Little Rock

Let the good times roll, Little Rock. No matter how you want to celebrate Fat Tuesday, the capital city has something fun for everyone. Put on your best purple, green and gold and celebrate the excess and indulgence that is Mardi Gras with our list of eats, sweets and sips from around the city. Ain’t no shame in this fat game.

First things first: Here’s where to get your king cake fix in Little Rock.

Cypress Social // Get your bibs and beads ready because Cypress Social is throwing its third annual Fat Tuesday bash from 4-10 p.m. on Feb 13. The special menu includes Cajun shrimp pasta, blackened red snapper, raw oysters, Louisiana beer flights and frozen strawberry hurricanes. More info here.

Heights Taco & Tamale Co. // BYO parka. Hurricane season is in full force at HTT, too, so stop in and get your fill of these famous frosty sips Feb. 12-18.

The Faded Rose Restaurant // Fill up on food and flavor this Fat Tuesday at one of the city’s most famous Cajun and Creole restaurants. Their annual boil is getting a shake-up this year by featuring shrimp instead of crawfish. Either way, it’s guaranteed to be tasty. The boil starts at 4 p.m. More info here.

Community Bakery // Grab a beautifully decorated Mardi Gras-themed cupcake, fleur de lis cookie or SoMardi Gras mocha at Community Bakery. And yes, they still have king cakes. Find links to the full menus at both locations here.

Mylo Coffee Co. // It’s much more than java on this Mardi Gras menu. Expect jambalaya, king cake slices and king cake cookies (which just so happen to pair nicely with that java). 

BCW // SoMa is the unofficial Mardi Gras headquarters, so it’s no surprise so many of its restaurants are joining in the fun. For BCW, that means crispy, melty, muffuletta grilled cheese sandwiches.

Sterling Market // These aren’t your grandpa’s doughnuts. The market’s bakery team is serving up special Mardi Gras buttermilk doughnuts that’ll make you wish every Tuesday was Fat Tuesday.

The Bagel Shop // It’s a big day for this yellow shop. Not only will Little Rock Public Radio host a live broadcast of “Morning Edition” in-store to mark World Radio Day, but the kitchen will also be whipping up mini king cakes and muffulettas all day.

The Fold // Bottoms up for Fat Tuesday. After you fill up on a plate of tacos, try a festive hurricane margarita with reposado tequila, passion fruit liqueur, lime, simple syrup and grenadine.

Big Orange // Both locations are getting in on the Mardi Gras fun with king cake shakes and crab cake burgers featuring jumbo lump crab cakes, tartar sauce, pepper cabbage slaw, lettuce and tomato.

Zaza Fine Salad + Wood-Oven Pizza Co. // You can always cure your sweet tooth with a scoop of Zaza’s iconic gelato. The day’s featured flavor is Mardi Gras-themed, of course, with real king cake from Boulevard Bread.

The Pizzeria // The dessert menu at this Kavanaugh joint never disappoints, especially the pie lineup, and that goes double for king cake pie they’re currently serving up.

We’ll be updating this list as more info rolls in. Have something to add? Email

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