If you thought Mardi Gras was over for good in 2021, you can start rejoicing now, because our Acadiana spirit is strong during carnival season. The parades, for the most part, are not rolling, which makes looking for other ways to celebrate even more important this year. Just look around at all the businesses and neighborhoods that are going all out to keep Mardi Gras alive in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. Us Louisiana folks know how to make the best of things, that's for sure!

And one Louisiana restaurant chain is bringing back a very popular item from last year, just in time for carnival season. Burgersmith's King Cake burger called the 'Mardi Gras Mambo' burger will be on the menu at all six locations of their restaurant, which includes Lafayette, Broussard, Denham Springs, and Baton Rouge. The Mardi Gras Mambo burger was a huge hit last year, and vice president of operations Russ Umbricht told the Advocate "I think we’re all missing our Mardi Gras traditions this year, so we wanted a safe way for customers to keep the celebration going. That’s why we’re excited to bring back the Mardi Gras Mambo Burger."

The burger was developed by Food Network star, and Baton Rouge native Jay Ducote. It consists of an all-beef patty, melted cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and two slices of cinnamon king cake from Calandro's Supermarket in Baton Rouge. And yes, it has icing, sprinkles, and is topped with the traditional plastic baby. The Mardi Gras Mambo burger will be on the menu from February 1 through Mardi Gras day, which is February 16th.


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