The Best Foods to Order Online for Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras parades are canceled in New Orleans this year, and the city won't be welcoming its usual surge of tourists for the week-long celebration. But for out-of-towners who still want a taste of Mardi Gras revelry, there are ways to ship it to your door.
There are countless iconic New Orleans foods you could celebrate with, from Gambino's king cake to Commander's Palace shrimp and grits, and lucky for us all, many of them are available to order online and ship nationwide. Here are a few of the festive foods you can order that will make sitting at home feel like a party.
King Cake from Gambino's
It's not Mardi Gras without king cake, and you aren't going to find a better one than the Gambino's staple, which is filled with cream cheese and dazzled with colorful sprinkles. (Remember not to eat your slice too quickly, lest you choke on the plastic baby wedged inside for good luck.)
Gambino's Cream Cheese-Filled King Cake, $49 at goldbelly.com
Shrimp and Grits from Commander's Palace
If you feel like a feast from New Orleans' most iconic restaurant, this special-occasion shrimp and grits dinner from Commander's Palace has you covered. The package comes with the restaurant's famous garlic bread, turtle soup or seafood gumbo, wild shrimp and cognac with Creole cream cheese grits, and a pecan pie.
Commander's Palace Three-Course Shrimp & Grits Dinner for 2, $169 at goldbelly.com
Muffuletta from Central Grocery
The iconic New Orleans-born sandwich is served on a crusty Sicilian sesame roll and stuffed with tangy olive spread, Italian meats, and cheeses. Salvatore Lupe, the first owner of Central Grocery in the French Quarter, invented the muffuletta in 1906.
Original Muffuletta Sandwich, 2-pack, $109 at goldbelly.com
Praline Pecan King Cake from Haydel's Bakery
The decades-old New Orleans bakery ships their beloved praline pecan king cake with a pack of French Market coffee and Mardi Gras beads. (They also ship many other kinds of king cake, including a strawberry cream cheese version.)
King Cake Package, $49 at haydelsbakery.com
BBQ Shrimp Po' Boys from Parkway Bakery and Tavern
What's a Mardi Gras party without some po'boys? New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp is a true national treasure, and Parkway's version is one of the best, served on crusty French bread and served with extra sauce.
BBQ Shrimp Po' Boys for 4, $109 at goldbelly.com
Cajun Grande Boucherie Feast from Cochon Butcher
If you feel like going all out (to make up for all the ways we can't go all out, if that makes any sense), this extravagant meat platter will do the trick. Cochon Butcher has long made some of the finest house-made charcuterie in New Orleans—or anywhere—and this package includes all the hits: chaurice, boudin, Cajun-smoked sausage, andouille, pork chops, and a jambalaya-stuffed chicken (!!).
Cajun Grande Boucherie Feast for 12-14, $229 at goldbelly.com
Mini King Cakes from Cartozzo's Bakery
We'd be remiss if we didn't include this legendary king cake from Kenner, Louisiana. In fact, we named the Cartozzo's Bakery king cake our favorite in a 2020 taste test. Staff writer Bridget Hallinan wrote, " Cartozzo's Bakery was the unanimous favorite. In fact, it beat out every king cake we've ever had delivered to the office. What really set it apart was how moist and flaky the cake was—one editor compared it to a potato bun cinnamon roll—in a good way. Factor in the perfect amount of cinnamon and it's a treat we'd gladly enjoy annually."
Mini King Cakes, Cream Cheese, 18 count, $79 at cartozzosbakery.com