Homemade Southern Crawfish Boil with Potatoes Sausage and Corn

It’s Fat Tuesday, which means many people in America are craving Cajun cuisine. And we’ve got a list of the best places in Las Vegas to get your Cajun food on. Today or any day. But first, here’s a little background on why we even celebrate Fat Tuesday.

Why Some Celebrate Fat Tuesday With Cajun Food

Do you know how to say Fat Tuesday in French? Mardi Gras. And if you didn’t just think of New Orleans, you might have been living under a rock. Even though Fat Tuesday in no way originated in New Orleans, that’s what we associate Mardi Gras with. And New Orleans has been known for its Cajun food since the French brought it to Louisiana in the late 1700’s (neworleans.com).

The Origin Of Fat Tuesday

Historians believe Fat Tuesday has been around for thousands of years. Celebrated for a few different reasons, according to CNN Travel. For ancient Romans, it was a day celebrating harvest season. Which is where the bean baked into the King Cake came from. In Christianity, it was a day to mark the end of Carnival season. Which begins on January 6, also known as Epiphany or Twelfth Night.

Carnival season is almost six weeks long, and has pretty much become the season to get all the gluttony and debauchery out of one’s system before Lent. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (February 14th, this year) and Fat Tuesday is the day right before. In fact, the fat part of Fat Tuesday does not come from how much weight we all gain from the overeating during Carnival season. It refers to the custom of using up all the fat in your home before the fasting begins the next day.

Best Places In Las Vegas To Find Cajun Food

So, for those of us who have lived in the states most or all of our lives, Fat Tuesday means two things: The Mardi Gras partay! in New Orleans, and tasty Cajun food to celebrate. Here’s where you can find some really good Cajun in Las Vegas. – Wendy Rush

  • Cap't Loui

    Cap’t Loui is a must for great Cajun food. Oysters, crawfish and Po’Boys are just a few of the dishes on their menu. They even have live clam and oysters on the half shell.

    Located at 9430 West Sahara Ave near the Lakes in Las Vegas. Open Sunday – Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. You can also order ahead and pick up. 702-410-9181

  • Rockin' Crab

    If you want some crawfish, this is not the place to be. But if you are craving some really amazing Cajun shrimp, mussels and snow crab, look no further. Rockin’ Crab has lunch specials every weekday noon to 2 p.m., and they have individual plates and shareables. They’re also doing a special on Tuesdays this month. Whole shrimp for $12 per pound.

    Located at 10140 West Tropicana Avenue in the Spring Valley area of Las Vegas. Open weekdays at 11 a.m. and noon on weekends. Open until 8 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and until 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. (702) 982-3663​

  • The Lucky Crab

    Las Vegas locals can’t seem to get enough of this place. The Lucky Crab has a lot of dishes to satisfy your Cajun cravings. The Snow King Crabs legs is a favorite. Or try the boiled crawfish, mussels, shrimp. And the sauce so addictive that they call it the Lucky Crack sauce.

    The Lucky Crab is located at 333 West Saint Louis Avenue at Industrial Road. Open 5 – 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. (702) 819-9768.

  • Captain's Seafood Boil

    Louisiana Crawfish Seafood Boil

    Southern dining at it’s finest.

    These guys just opened last month and they’re already getting great reviews. All of their seafood is made to order. They have lots of combos to feed more than one person. And they do saucy so well, you will definitely need a bib. They are spicy too so make sure you have your water ready!

    Captain’s Seafood Boil is located at 7960 South Rainbow Blvd near Windmill. Open Monday – Thursday 2 – 9 p.m. and Friday – Sunday 12 – 9 p.m. (725) 204-9186

  • Cajun Mouth

    I suppose you can’t really go wrong with a name like Cajun Mouth. And they’re not. They’re doing everything right when it comes to Cajun Cuisine. Seafood platters, Po’Boys and Cajun Pasta Bowls are just a few of the options on this menu. The Seafood Gumbo is a local favorite and do NOT leave without trying their beignets. Heavenly!

    Cajun Mouth is located at 3441 West Sahara Avenue on the corner of Sahara and Valley View. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. And closed Sunday & Monday. (702) 202-4687

  • Cajun Crackin

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    Posted by Cajun Crack’n on Monday, February 5, 2024

    The Northside of Vegas also has amazing options for Cajun cuisine. Cajun Crackin has a lot of dishes to choose from. Like Gumbo, Po’Boys and Hush Puppies. The Seafood Boil is amazing but you also can’t go wrong with the Cajun lobster tail. Whatever you choose, your tummy will leave happy.

    Cajun Crackin is located at 5960 North Losee Road near Tropical Parkway. Open Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. And Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 702) 998-9926; They also have a location on the corner of East Charleston and Sloan.

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