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Celebrate Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras & Pancake Day on the Main Line

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Photo courtesy of Krispy Kreme.

Fat Tuesday arrives in all its gluttonous glory today, March 4. Lucky for those in love with any holiday that encourages carb-overloading, a gamut of celebrations are unfolding this day suggesting you to blow your New Year’s diets and devour this Tuesday. It’s National Pancake Day! It’s Shrove Tuesday! It’s Mardi Gras! Frankly, how can you not celebrate!

In proper Main Course fashion, we’re lining up the top spots for you to appropriately conquer the day—with lots of carbs, ways to indulge, recs for N’awlins eats and drinks, and more.

Left: Rex 1516’s Hurricane; photo by Danya Henninger.  Right: Photo of pancakes courtesy of Sabrina’s.

For Fat Tuesday:

Those on the hunt for Fat Tuesday freebies, barrel over to Havertown for a free glazed doughnut at Krispy Kreme (one per customer only). If self-indulgence is the way you are playing this Tuesday, then epicureans from far and near will want to secure a seat in Wayne, at Silverspoon’s chef tasting, unfolding as of 5 p.m.

Chef Tim Courtney’s theme this week is “Noble Chicken,” spotlighting the Heritage-bred Italian Red Capon from the restaurant’s friends at Garden Path Farms. Five courses feature every last bit of chicken—from the crispy skin cracklings in the warm brussels sprout salad, to country liver terrine with grainy mustard and pickled veggies. Cost is $45 per person; Silverspoon is a BYOB. Reserve a table here or call (610) 688–7646.

For National Pancake Day:

Sabrina’s Cafe debuted its first Main Line location in late February, in the former home of Sam’s Grille in Wynnewood Shopping Center. As a highly regarded hub for breakfast all day, and brunch from 8 a.m.–4 p.m., tomorrow’s the perfect opportunity to taste-test the fluffy, piled-high buttermilk flapjacks, the stuffed Challah French toast with farmer’s cream cheese and vanilla bean syrup, and the Barking Chihuahua, a riff on the breakfast burrito. Visit sabrinascafe.com.

For Mardi Gras:

In true southern fashion, for March 4 only, Philadelphia’s Rex 1516 will be offering discounted NOLA cocktails. From the classic Sazerac, crafted with rye, Peychaud’s Bitters and raw sugar; to their upscale rendition of The Hurricane, blended with aged rum, passion fruit, cranberry, orange and lime juices, your taste buds will roadtrip to New Orleans. Better yet, the kitchen’s slinging chicken and andouille gumbo and scratch-made, personalized king cakes complete with the cheeky plastic babies. Visit rex1516.com.

No better Main Line place to devour contemporary Louisiana cooking than Narberth’s Carmine’s Creole Act II. Chef John Mims will transform you into a bayou believer with just one spicy bite. Better yet, the brand-new winter tasting menu allows you to explore three courses for just $27. More details here.