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5 Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras Across Rochester

From paczki to seafood gumbo to (seriously) fried Twinkies, here's a look at where you can commemorate Fat Tuesday in Rochester.

It's Mardis Gras, carnival time, and today is all about the food and celebration. Here's a look at a few spots around town where you can celebrate (and eat):

  • At Penny Black, the Mardi Gras menu includes mussels, gator bites and jambalaya. Drink specials include $6 Bacardi Hurricanes.
  • At The Hills Bar & Grill, dine on seafood gumbo or a $6 burger-beer-fries combo. It's a half-off wine day, and they have paczkis, too.
  • Rochester Mills Beer Co. has an extensive Mardi Gras menu (read about it here). It includes barbeque alligator and a "Crawfish Boil:" one pound of crawfish boiled in Rochester Red. Desserts include beignets and deep fried Twinkies.
  • It's never too cold for ice cream, and at 5:30 p.m. at Cold Stone Creamery, the Adams High School wrestling team will be treated to all the ice cream they can eat in an hour. Visitors are welcome to witness the feast.
  • Several bakeries across town are serving up paczki today. Among them, Knapp's Donuts, which was set to open at 5:30 a.m. Also selling fresh paczki today: Give Thanks Bakery, Home Bakery and even Busch's, the grocery store. What's your favorite flavor?
Christine Laikind February 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Stop at firebrick gallery and pottery studio on 4th and main for mardi gras party tonight- 6 to 9 pm. Closing reception for "mask" exhibition, featuring masks made by local artists. Free and open to the public!
Kristin Bull February 21, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Thanks for letting us know about this, Christine!

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