Catfish fingers, gumbo and jambalaya ... they can only mean one thing: Mardi Gras!
Catfish fingers, gumbo and jambalaya ... they can only mean one thing: Mardi Gras!

New Orleans comes to the valley

While many of us are focusing on Valentine's Day this weekend, it might be easy to forget that we're in the heart of Mardi Gras season. Fat Tuesday, in fact, is just a few days away.

But down in the valley, the folks at Potawatomi Bingo Casino haven't forgotten. While showgirls and Dixieland bands roam the casino floor entertaining guests, the property's restaurants pull out the stops.

Dream Dance Steak features a crawfish etouffe on Fat Tuesday (Ru-Yi is busy celebrating Chinese New Year this very busy weekend) and The Buffet has a chef-manned Cajun food station.

But Chef Michael Nagovan is outdoing them all at The Fire Pit Sports Bar & Grill.

At lunch today, he wowed us with an okra and chicken gumbo that was tasty and laced with subtle fire. His jambalaya had andouille, chicken and ham.

Best of all, to my taste buds, were the crispy breaded and fried catfish fingers with a remoulade sauce. The fish was so tender and the breading so light that I could have kept eating these all day long.

Stop in and try it yourself on your way to see some of the most famous living New Orleans musicians over the next couple days in the Northern Lights Theater.

Who else can boast a line-up that includes Cowboy Mouth and Junior Brown (earlier this week), Allen Toussaint with Beausoleil and Michael Doucet tonight at 8, Buckwheat Zydeco (with Paul Cebar) on Monday at 8, and no less than Dr. John & the Lower 911 and The Neville Brothers on Fat Tuesday.

Heck, if they're all here, that means they're not even playing in New Orleans!


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