Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl

in Downtown Knoxville

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 Tuesday, February 26 thru Tuesday, March 5.

Gumbos, Jambalayas, Rémoulades, and Oysters. Bread Puddings, Pralines, and Beignets. Jazz, Zydeco, Cocktails, and Fun. And...a Mardi Growl Pet Parade and Festival! The 12th Annual Young-Williams Animal Center Mardi Growl Parade starts at 11a on Saturday, March 2 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 Knoxville! 

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, Cajun Cocktails, 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
Simpson's Butcher & Deli

You might need to plan more than one Cajun Crawl visit to Simpson’s Butcher & Deli. Special sandwiches for the week include The Mardi Muffuletta: smoked ham, hard salami, mortadella bologna, swiss cheese, provolone, topped with house made three olive and herb salad, served on local sesame roll buttered and toasted and The NOLA: Cajun turkey, smoked gouda, house pickled carrots, jalapenos, cucumbers, topped with Cajun mayo, panini pressed on local sourdough. Plus you’ll find classic red beans and rice with house made andouille sausage in the grab-and-go section to continue the celebration at home.

504 S Gay St (865) 805-7250 More Details
Bistro at the Bijou

Celebrate Fat Tuesday at the Bistro with Jambalaya, Gumbo, and Vegan Red Beans & Rice. You'll also find Hurricanes, Bourbon Milk Punch and French New Orleans Style Jazz music all week leading up to Fat Tuesday!!

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 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
Drawing Room at The Tennessean

You’ll love two specially priced, Big Easy classics at The Drawing Room at THE TENNESSEAN – a Sazerac whiskey cocktail and the chef’s take on gumbo featuring Springer Mountain Farms chicken. Enjoy both Feb. 26 through Fat Tuesday, March 5.

531 Henley St (865) 232-1800 More Details
Rebel Kitchen

Rebel Kitchen and Old City Wine Bar will have a speciality French 75! Kick off your Cajun fête with this refreshing cocktail made with cognac, lemon juice, and champagne.

108 W Jackson Ave (865) 851-7676 More Details
Balter Beerworks

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a bowl of Jambalaya and a Cajun herb and spice infused Kolsch at Balter Beerworks! The limited offering beer will be tapped on the 26th…so get by before it’s gone.

100 Broadway SW (865) 999-5015 More Details
Mast General Store

It's Dogs' Night Out on First Friday March 1 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 walking, daycare, and more. Plus pet portraits, a new pet skincare product line, and 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
Not Watson's Kitchen + Bar

Shrimp and alligator. You'll find them both in the Creole Pasta at Not Watson’s. You’ll also find Gator and Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwiches on the menu, a unique take on a Sazera at the bar, Benedicts during weekend brunch and Gumbo all week long. Plus, the perfect patio for celebrating Mardi Growl!

15 Market Square (865) 766-4848 More Details

Get your pets ready for the Mardi Growl Parade! Citifid-O has special treats, toys, jerseys, smoochers and lots more to celebrate Mardi Gras and Mardi Growl.

429 Union Ave (865) 219-5127 More Details
Blackhorse Pub & Brewery

Blackhorse Pub & Brewery will be celebration all week with Red Beans and Rice, Shrimp Po’Boys, and Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Soup! Plus Hurricanes and Hand Grenades to add some liquid celebration. And treats for furry friends on Saturday on the parade.

430 S Gay St 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 950 whiskies to toast your favorite pup. Plus a Scottish Hurricane to get you ready for the celebration!

101 S Central St (865) 247-7066 More Details
Status Dough Doughnuts & Coffee

You’ll find Status Dough decked out all week with colors and sprinkles for Cajun Crawl week! Plus, a special treat to celebrate Paczki Day. Traditionally celebrated on Fat Tuesday, they’ll have Pacski – special powdered sugar doughnuts filled with Strawberry Jelly and other flavors – all weekend long. Get there early…they’ll go quick!

418 S Gay St (865) 888-0997 More Details
Painting With a Twist

Painting with a Twist will host a Mardi Growl-themed Painting with a Purpose event on Feb 27 with a portion of proceeds going to Young Williams Animal Center. 6:30-8:30pm. Check venue for pricing and registration.

121 S Gay St (865) 229-6037 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!! Plus Jambalaya Pot Pie and Hurricanes. That’s worth barking about.

424 S Gay St (865) 633-8111 More Details
Sweet P's BBQ Downtown Dive

Sweet Ps will be celebrating Mardi Gras with a house-made Gumbo and Cochon de Lait Po’ Boys. Plus a selection of New Orleans beers on taps.

410 W Jackson Ave (865) 281-1738 More Details

Celebrate Mardi Growl at Kilwins with pralines, pralines, pralines. You'll find New Orleans Praline Pecan Ice Cream plus specialty homemade pralines!

408 S Gay St (865) 219-1233 More Details
Cafe Vicolo

Cafe Vicolo will be offering up Mardi Gras inspired dishes (like Andouille Sausage Po’Boys!) for their delicious daily lunch specials all week long. And the patio is dog friendly…and they’ll be parade ready! So grab a seat for lunch, snacks, beer, or coffee during special hours on March 2 from 10am-2pm.

625 S Gay St (865) 249-6314 More Details
Old City MedSpa

On Saturday March 2, Old City MedSpa will be giving free puppy head massages, treats and discounts for dog owners. Dogs need pampering too!

104 W Summit Hill Dr (865) 247-5057 More Details
Tupelo Honey Cafe

Drop by Tupelo Honey and celebrate Mardi Growl in true Cajun tradition. Start with a South of Manhattan cocktail, move on to Grilled or Raw Oysters...don't forget the Fried Okra, 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
Knoxville Soap Candles & Gifts

You’ll find a balloon artist making complimentary Mardi Gras balloon hats at Knoxville Soap Candle and Gifts on Friday, March 1 from 5-8pm. Then on Saturday, March 2 from 12-5pm Ritzi Pawz will be in the house with free samples of Vegan Paraban Free Dog shampoo and cologne (while supplies last). Drop by and celebrate the Mardi Growl-loving dog in your life!

714 S Gay St (865) 689-6545 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. But wait...there's more than cocktails. You'll also find a very special Sous Vide Octopus on the menu with anduille, rice pilaf, pickled shrimp, fava bean and picante. Celebrate!

5 Market Square (865) 622-6434 More Details
Rick Terry Jewelry Designs

Celebrate Mardi Growl in style with purple Amethysts and vivid green Peridots. You'll love these stones so much you'll wear them year round! You'll also find the latest designs by Southern Gates Jewelry – puppy Paw Prints! Shop at Rick Terry Jewelry Designs, where you can get festive bling for yourself and your fur baby!

618 S Gay St (865) 525-3793 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. Find them all at Chesapeake’s Seafood House.

600 Union Ave (865) 673-3433 More Details
Knoxville Visitors Center

The Knoxville Visitors Center is spicing things up for Mardi Gras, so stop in to celebrate Mardi Gras AND Mardi Growl! First, Mardi Gras littles can get creative with colors in the Kid’s Corner, where they’ll find coloring pages themed to the celebration! You can spice up your cuisines with special pricing on all seasoning, spices, sauces and mixes! Plus, four-legged friends will appreciate the selection of dog treats, also specially priced for the week! So, don’t be bland…drop by to celebrate during the week of the Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl, because these spicy savings won’t last long!

301 S Gay St (865) 523-7263 More Details
Casual Pint

Casual Pint will be getting into the Mardi Gras spirit with specially priced Abita Purple Haze drafts. Célébrer!

421 Union Ave (865) 951-2160 More Details
Agora Knoxville

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

7 Market Square (865) 333-5371 More Details
Old City Wine Bar

Old City Wine Bar & Rebel Kitchen will have a speciality French 75! Kick off your Cajun fête with this refreshing cocktail made with cognac, lemon juice, and champagne. And catch the parade from the patio at Old City Wine Bar. They'll be open early for Mardi Growl festivities. A wonderful patio for four-legged pals!

108 W Jackson Ave (865) 851-7676 More Details
Cruze Farm Ice Cream

Celebrate Cajun Crawl at Cruze Farm with King Cake Ice Cream! Or, any other won't be disappointed!

445 S Gay St (865) 333-1265 More Details
Tree & Vine

You’ll find a delicious Olive Salad made in the Big Easy at Tree & Vine and lots of other tasty treats. Plus special King Cake for First Friday, March 1 and Mardi Growl Saturday, March 2. 

439 Union Ave (865) 985-0524 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

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
Hampton Inn & Suites

If you're staying at the Downtown Hampton...or just looking for some Mardi Gras'll find pralines and Mardi Gras masks at the front desk for hotel guests and drop-in visitors!

618 W Main St (865) 522-5400 More Details

Celebrate Mardi Growl Cajun Crawl with a specialty cocktail at Sapphire. Frozen Hurricane, French 75, Sazerac, Vieux Carre, and more. Pick one, pick all…you just can’t go wrong!

428 S Gay St (865) 951-2066 More Details
Jacks of Knoxville

Take your furry friends to Jacks between 10am-8pm on March 2 and take part in the Mardi Growl festivities! They will be hosting Hound and Beagle with their handmade pup approved Kenny Chewsney and Growlvis Presley treats. KnoxWag will also be there with handmade dog bandanas, bowties, leads, and other fun accessories for both dogs and their owners. Of course there will be a refuel station of water bowls and treat samples to get your companions on to their next fabulous destination. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

133 S Gay St (865) 394-6352 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! And celebrate in real Mardi Gras fashion with the Old City sandwich. Cajun turkey, ham, chipotle sauce, house sauce and pepper jack on sourdough bread. Yumm!

200 W Jackson Ave (865) 544-9997 More Details
Cafe 4

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

4 Market Square (865) 544-4144 More Details
Awaken Coffee

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

125 W Jackson Ave (865) 951-0427 More Details
Earth to Old City

Earth to Old City has Dean Russo Art Prints, coasters, and magnets. Stop by and browse the beautiful selection sure to please all dog and cat lovers. Plus special pricing during Mardi Growl week.

22 Market Square (865) 522-8270 More Details
Eddie's Health Shoppe

The folks at Eddie’s Health Shoppe have Mardi Gras covered from all angles. First, get your dogs in tip-top Mardi Growl shape with CBD hemp oil for pets and fish oil omegas for dogs. For humans, Spiceology Cajun spices, Blackened spices, and Smart Cakes. Plus "Party Smart" capsules for preventing Mardi Gras celebration hangovers! So…let the good times roll! 

455 Union Ave (865) 633-6533 More Details