Mardi Gras takes place on February 16, kicking off Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday. Creole cooking began in Louisiana and is an intermingling of French, Spanish, Indian, Caribbean, Portuguese, Greek, and Italian influences, just to name a few. This blend of influences has created signature dishes such as jambalaya, shrimp Creole, red beans and dirty rice, and banana pudding for dessert. Below, restaurants that specialize in Creole cooking severing items such as fresh, spicy seafood like crawfish and shrimp, po-boys, hush puppies, and more.Read More
Where to Find Great Creole Food in Las Vegas
Grab Creole food just in time for Mardi Gras at these seven restaurants
The owner of this Southern restaurant, Lola Pokorny, was born and raised in Louisiana. Order classic Creole dishes such as bronzed catfish, shrimp Creole, and jambalaya, and pair with a side of Lola’s Gouda grits. A must try before you leave are the crispy craw puppies, minced and spiced crawfish rolled, dusted and deep fried, and served with a side of house Cajun aioli.
2. The Hush Puppy
Long established in Las Vegas, The Hush Puppy has daily all-you-can-eat specials, with shrimp on Tuesdays, barbecue ribs on Wednesday, the seafood platter on Thursday, and catfish and shrimp on every other day. If that isn’t enough of an incentive to try the food here, come for house specialties such as the hush puppies and the fried green tomatoes, served with a house remoulade sauce. Also on Nellis Boulevard. Both have a drive-thru and takeout.
3. Hot N Juicy Crawfish
Here, diners can order fresh seafood by the pound, served with a side of corn and a potato if they so choose. Try the shrimp or the snow crab and mix it with the medium spice level and the Hot N Juicy special, a combination of Louisiana-style, juicy Cajun, garlic butter, and lemon pepper sauces. Additional locations at the Miracle Mile Shops, the 215 Beltway and Eastern Avenue, and two restaurants on Spring Mountain Road.
4. Pier 88 Boiling Seafood & Bar
Pier 88 Boiling Seafood & Bar in Chinatown offers a Low Country boil with a half pound of snow crab legs, half pound of shrimp, half pound of sausage, one boiled egg, corn, and a potato or the two-way shrimp with fried and boiled versions.
5. Urban Crawfish Station
Tucked into Chinatown, Urban Crawfish Station features fresh seafood and fried Southern classics. The most often ordered favorites include shrimp, lobster, and oysters. Choose the urban mix sauce, a combination of garlic butter, lemon pepper, and Louisiana-style and Cajun sauces, with a medium spice level for a real kick. Online ordering available.
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6. The Boiling Crab
Choose fresh seafood such as crawfish, clams, or shrimp with a choice of four different flavors and spice levels. Fried fish such as calamari and catfish are also available to order. Add on a side of the well-liked lemon pepper fries to complete the meal.
7. Emeril's New Orleans Fish House
At famous chef Emeril Lagasse’s fish house, all fare is made with Lagasse’s New Orleans flair at the MGM Grand. Try barbecue shrimp with a rosemary biscuit, Creole seafood boil with jumbo shrimp, clams, mussels, corn, andouille sausage, potatoes, and Creole garlic butter, or Creole-seared Hawaiian ahi Oscar style with jumbo lump blue crab, tempura asparagus, béarnaise, and smoked bordelaise sauce. Finish with the famous banana cream pie, garnished with chocolate shavings and caramel sauce. Order takeout.