It's time to indulge! Get gluttonous at a host of Fat Tuesday festivities around town, from River North and Streeterville to Andersonville, Lincoln Square and Lakeview.
Tallboy Taco has one word for Fat Tuesday: tacos. Enjoy $2 tacos (Cowboy 12 Hour Smoked Brisket; Beer-Battered Crispy Fish; Chicken Tinga; Gunthorp Farms Carnitas; Crispy Avocado; Pancho Villa Steak Carne Asada; Pork al Pastor; Grilled Salmon) by Chef Tim Hockett from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. In addition, Hurricane cocktails will be featured for $7.
On Fat Tuesday, Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Clubs' Diva Traci Ross will wow the crowd with intermittent performances, while guests enjoy a 33% discount off small plates (shrimp tacos; chicken satay; crab cakes; calamari; bacon wrapped dates; Japanese meatballs; bacon mac and cheese; sriracha glazed tempura shrimp. Partygoers may choose to get crazy with $7 martinis and $9 Cruzan rum cocktails: The Hurricane; Pina Colada; Strawberry Daiquiri; The Zombie; Mai Tai; The Hawaiian Screwdriver; and The Acapulco. Kit Kat will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Timothy O'Toole's Pub will feature Hurricane cocktails for $6, as well as a bevy of food specials. Chef Corey Grupe will offer: Basket of Okra with Cajun Ranch $5; Cajun-style Gumbo with cornbread $8.50; Kicked Up Jambalaya with Cornbread $11; Shrimp Po Boy with lettuce, tomato, onion and remoulade with choice of side $10; and Bourbon Street Bread Pudding with vanilla ice cream and whiskey caramel sauce $6. The Bulls-Nuggets game will be shown at 7 p.m. on over 70 screens. O'Toole's will celebrate Fat Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Can't make it to Mardi Gras this year? Jerry's is bringing Bourbon Street cuisine to you with a special menu featuring NOLA-inspired dishes and cocktails. On Fat Tuesday, the Lincoln Square and Andersonville sandwich shops will feature celebratory cocktails (Hurricane; Sazerac), starters (Fried Pickles; Corn Dogs), a bevy of creative po boys (Fried Chicken; Bahn Mi; Root Beer Ham; Nola Hot Beef; Chaurice Sausage; Fried Oyster; Creole Meatloaf), muffuletta sandwich and more. The full menu may be viewed here. Jerry's in Lincoln Square will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight and Jerry's in Andersonville will be open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.)