Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl

in Downtown Knoxville

We love pets in Downtown Knoxville! And that’s a reason to celebrate.

The Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl is a week of food, fun, and festivities for all ages plus four-legged friends. Downtown restaurants, bars, and boutiques celebrate with events and specials Friday, February 23 thru Saturday, March 3.

Gumbos, Jambalayas, Rémoulades, and Oysters. Bread Puddings, Pralines, and Beignets. Jazz, Zydeco, Cocktails, and Fun. And...a Mardi Growl Pet Parade and Festival!

The 11th Annual Young-Williams Animal Center Mardi Growl Parade starts at 11a on Saturday, March 3 in the Old City with a Festival from 11a-3p on Market Square. 

Before, during, and after the parade...and all week long...celebrate in Downtown Knox!

Babalu Tacos & Tapas

Don’t miss the Pan-Seared Crab Cakes, Creole Shrimp & Grits, and Fierce Shrimp at Babalu. And end any meal with the Cinnamon Bread Pudding with chantilly cream, caramel, and strawberries. The patio will be open for the parade…grab a seat with a terrific view and enjoy a special Mardi Growl Hurricane.

412 S Gay St (865) 329-1002 More Details
French Market Creperie

It's always special at the French Market, and they're kicking it up for Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl! You'll find Bananas Foster Crepes, their famous French Beignets, 1664 French Beer on Tap, French Cider by the bottle, plus their everyday fabulous selection of macaroons, eclairs and croissants. For the fur babies...Frozen Banana Foster Bones!! Les Bon Temps Rouler!

412 Clinch Ave (865) 540-4372 More Details
Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain

The ice cream counter at the Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain does Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl right! Creole Cream Cheese Ice Cream. Breakfast at Brennan's Sundae (bananas foster bread pudding, Honey Bee coffee ice cream, white whiskey caramel sauce, and whipped cream). Floats and sodas including Original Hurricane or Fleur di Lis (lavender, vanilla, lemonade with strawberry ice cream). And that's just a peak at the menu. Laissez les bon Temps Rouler!

418 S Gay St (865) 692-1603 More Details
Pour Taproom

It's a party all the time at Pour Taproom. And you'll find Zydeco music every night during Mardi Growl week plus Sunday jazz brunch with Cajun style Shrimp and Grits a YaYa and Po' Boys. 

207 W Jackson Ave (865) 337-5726 More Details
Back Dough at Lonesome Dove

DO. NOT. MISS. THS. Back Dough will be offering up King Cake Doughnuts for Mardi Growl. Friday from 11p-1a and again on Saturday from 8a-noon and 11p-1a.

100 N Central St More Details
Art Market Gallery

Get your doggie (or kittie) immortalized this year! You can find commissioned pet portraits at the Art Market Gallery on Gay St. You'll also find a selection of pet cards and dog artwork in the gallery and a Mardi Gras Growl themed party during ArtWalk on Friday, Mar 2.

422 S Gay St (865) 525-5265 More Details
Balter Beerworks

Balter Beerworks has Shrimp & Grits with cheesy grits, shrimp, andouille sausage, tasso ham, tabasco, and mushrooms. And a special Jambalaya dish. Plus craft beers and lots of deliciousness on the menu!

100 Broadway SW (865) 999-5015 More Details
Painting With a Twist

Show your support for Young-Williams Animal Center with a puppy-inspired fundraiser at Painting With a Twist during Mardi Growl Week. Wednesday, Feb 28 @ 6:30pm. Check venue for details and pricing.

121 S Gay St (865) 229-6037 More Details
Knoxville Visitors Center

Celebrate Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl for the entire week at Visit Knoxville! The Visitors Center will be decked out and ready…and you'll find something for everyone! In the Kid’s Corner, little Cajun Crawlers will find a variety of Mardi Gras themed coloring pages! The Gift Shop has MADE IN TN items for everyone: special pricing on a new selection of Creole & Cajun sauces and rubs AND treats for four-legged connoisseurs including crunch sticks (in a variety of flavors) and sweet potato chips, made in Knoxville! 

And ONLY on Saturday, March 3, the first 250 Mardi Growlers who stop by the Visitors Center (with their humans) to show off their costumes will get a Visit Knoxville Bandana just in time for the parade! #KNOXROCKS

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details
Stock & Barrel

Always lots of choices at Stock & Barrel. But for Cajun Crawl week, we recommend the Spicy Crab Dip with lump crab and Cajun spices and the Chicken and Waffle Burger with crispy chicken, waffle and maple bourbon mustard. But don’t leave before you try the Bourbon Peanut Butter Pie. Sounds like the pawfect combo!

35 Market Square (865) 766-2075 More Details

Celebrate Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl with a specialty cocktail at Sapphire. Why not try the Tango With An Alligator? If you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, you can’t go wrong with a Sazerac. Pick anything on the menu…you just can’t go wrong!

428 S Gay St (865) 951-2066 More Details
Mast General Store

It's Dogs' Night Out on Friday, March 2 at Mast General Store. All dogs wearing a collar and lead are invited for an evening of photos, treats, and a variety of fun. Dog-friendly coffee, programs on gear, adopting, walking, daycare, and more. Plus a mobile grooming service just outside the front door. And, did we mention prizes? 5-8pm.

402 S Gay St (865) 546-1336 More Details
Boyd's Jig & Reel

Stop in Boyd’s Jig & Reel for Seafood Chowder with fresh shrimp, scallops and cream and choose from over 835 whiskies to toast your favorite pup.

101 S Central St (865) 247-7066 More Details
Drawing Room at The Tennessean

Celebrate the season in style with a French 75 cocktail in THE TENNESSEAN’s Drawing Room lounge. Mention Mardi Growl for a special Cajun Crawl price thru March 3 on this refreshing blend of champagne, gin, lemon juice and sugar.

531 Henley St (865) 232-1800 More Details
Five Bar

Made-from-scratch Beignets and Crab Cake Benedicts! Find this and more for Saturday and Sunday Brunch at Five Knoxville.

430 S Gay St (865) 219-1676 More Details
Preservation Pub

Celebrate the pups in your life! Preservation Pub will be donating a portion of Happy Hour sales (Mon-Fri, 3-8pm) to Young-Williams Animal Center until Mardi Growl. Cheers!

28 Market Square (865) 524-2224 More Details
Downtown Grill & Brewery

Downtown Grill & Brewery has the perfect patio for puppy watching! Grab a seat, quench your thirst, and enjoy the fun. All week you’ll find Bourbon Shrimp Cocktails, Ray’jun Cajun Pasta with a Cajun alfredo sauce, and Bourbon Banana Pudding!! That’s worth barking about.

424 S Gay St (865) 633-8111 More Details
Knox Whiskey Works

Celebrate Mardi Growl, pups, dogs, parades...just celebrate! Drop by Knox Whiskey Works for a Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl specialty cocktail.

516 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-2372 More Details
Cafe 4

Lobster-Crab Cakes with remoulade, Lobster Mac N Cheese, or Low Country Shrimp and Grits with Cajun cream sauce. You’ll find these all inside or on the pet-friendly patio at Café 4.

4 Market Square (865) 544-4144 More Details
Tupelo Honey Cafe

Drop by Tupelo Honey and celebrate Mardi Growl in true Cajun tradition. Start with a Brandy-Milk Punch, move on to Fried Okra or Country Style Gumbo Ya-Ya, and then try to choose between Low Country Blackened Catfish or Tupelo Shrimp & Grits…or a variety of other equally yummy items on the menu. You’ll find a great spot for puppy-party watching on the patio on Market Square.

1 Market Square (865) 522-0004 More Details
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro can play along. You’ll find Lobster HushPUPPIES and a BLUETICK cocktail on the menu. Plus food and service that will not disappoint!

100 N Central St (865) 999-5251 More Details
Chesapeake's Seafood House

Fresh oysters on the half-shell, Oysters Rockefeller with creamy spinach sauce, or Oysters Chesapeake with creamy blue crab. Plus Seafood Gumbo. Find them all at Chesapeake’s Seafood House.

600 Union Ave (865) 673-3433 More Details

Get your pets ready for the Mardi Growl Parade! Citifid-O has dog costumes, toys, and fleur-de-lis gourmet dog cookies in green, purple, and gold.

429 Union Ave (865) 219-5127 More Details
Oliver Royale

Drop by the bar or the patio at the Oliver Royale for some classic New Orleans cocktails. The bartenders are always serving up new things. This week you can get in the Mardi Gras Growl spirit! Try a Vieux Carré with rye, brandy, sweet vermouth, Bénédictine and Peychaud's bitters, or just ask for something special. You won't be disappointed.

5 Market Square (865) 622-6434 More Details
Juice Bar Market Square

Drop by Juice Bar Market Square for specials on juices, smoothies, or power shots.

2 Market Square More Details
Marble City Kitchen and The Firefly

The Marble City Kitchen & the Firefly at the Hilton will be celebrating with Red Beans and Rice, Shrimp Po'Boys, and exciting drink specials! Be sure to stop by the dog-friendly patio following the Mardi Growl Parade on Saturday, March 3rd.

501 W Church St (865) 523-2300 More Details
Awaken Coffee

Stop by Awaken Coffee during Mardi Growl and pick up your pooch a special doggie treat. Also, make sure you try the signature New Orleans Chickory cold brew to help celebrate this festival right!

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details
J.C. Holdway

Celebrate Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl with a true New Orleans tradition! Drop by the bar at J.C. Holdway for a Pimms Cup to toast the puppies in your life.

501 Union Ave (865) 312-9050 More Details
Not Watson's Kitchen + Bar

Shrimp and alligator. You'll find them both in the Creole Pasta at Not Watson's, along with blackened chicken, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions and linguine tossed in a Cajun cream sauce. Plus, the perfect patio for celebrating Mardi Growl!

15 Market Square (865) 766-4848 More Details
Rick Terry Jewelry Designs

Celebrate Mardi Growl in style with beautiful purple Amethysts and vivid green Peridots! You'll love these colorful stones so much you'll wear them year-round! Stop in and shop at Rick Terry Jewelry and shop for purple, green, and gold. You'll love the shop dogs too!

618 S Gay St (865) 525-3793 More Details

Bluetique will be hosting a % Party on Saturday, March 3 from 10a-2p. 10% of all sales will be donated to Young-Williams Animal Center. So show your love for YWAC and look good too!

31 Market Square (865) 200-8193 More Details
Curious Dog

Curious DOG is a great spot for parade watching and a great place to grab a specialty dog you won’t forget! But don't miss the Old City sandwich. Cajun turkey, ham, chipotle sauce, house sauce and pepper jack on sourdough bread. 

200 W Jackson Ave (865) 544-9997 More Details
Blue Coast Grill & Bar

Crab Cakes, Shrimp and Grits, Blackened Fish and Gulf Shrimp Tacos. Celebrate Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl on the pet-friendly patio at Blue Coast Grill.

37 Market Square (865) 243-2300 More Details
Coolato Gelato

Celebrate with Mardi Gras Growl items and treats all week at Coolato Gelato.

524 S Gay St (865) 971-5449 More Details
Crown & Goose

Celebrate Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl at Crown & Goose with a couple of traditions…Raw Oysters (half-dozen or full) with a traditional Sazerac. Sometimes traditions can’t be beat! 

123 S Central St (865) 524-2100 More Details
Nothing Too Fancy

Nothing Too Fancy just received a new batch of handmade dog collars. Drop by to find the right tri-star or UT collar for your four-legged friend to make him/her the fanciest dog downtown!

435 Union Ave (865) 951-2916 More Details
The Tomato Head

Mardi Growl every other'll find an excellent selection of treats at The Tomato Head. And remember, that includes excellent dog biscuits for your four-legged connoisseur.

12 Market Square (865) 637-4067 More Details
Agora Knoxville

Find the perfect dog-themed items at Agora. Japanese ceramic bowls, doggie coin purses, super-cute puppy nodders and dog-themed wooden puzzle boxes. Detecting a theme? We love dogs! Plus special pricing during Mardi Growl.

7 Market Square (865) 333-5371 More Details

Rala will be welcoming dogs and owners to their location on Jackson Ave with free dog treats and a buffet of doggie water bowls during the parade.

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 More Details