Cajun/Creole / Center City

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Chris’ Jazz Cafe with Crawfish Ice Cream?!

Once again, Chris’ Jazz Café is Mardi Gras central when the legendary club hosts its Fat Tuesday celebration on February 21 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will certainly be a night of all things NOLA — crawdads, jambalaya, Hurricanes, Sazerac, and King Cake! 

Chris’ Chef/Owner Mark DeNinno has created a special menu featuring crawfish, frog legs, jambalaya, gumbo and all the Fat Tuesday traditions.

“We decided to present the beloved Bayou crustacean three different ways: Crawfish buckets; a Crawfish Cheesesteak; and even savory Crawfish Ice Cream!”

The Hoppin’ John Orchestra, a 10-piece unit with horns galore and second-line grooves, returns for another year.

“You can’t have a Mardi Gras party without music…or a parade,” said DeNinno.

Mardi Gras lovers or anyone up for an early-week celebration involving great music, serious deliciousness, and loads of fun is encouraged to swing in during happy hour and join the parade at 7 p.m. (weather permitting) that struts east on the 1500 block of Chestnut Street, then turns right onto Broad Street and then right onto Sansom and rolls directly onto Chris’ stage. 

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Show times are 7 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Admission is $20.


Crawfish Buckets – 1 lb. Bucket of crawfish ($15) or Bucket Supreme, which includes corn, potato, and gator sausage ($20)

Traditional Gumbo ($13)

Fried Frog Legs with Cajun remoulade ($13)

Bayou Seafood Cake with lemon Dijon sauce ($15)

Chayote and Grilled Corn Salad with red onions, tomato, and chili lime vinaigrette ($13)


Crawfish Cheesesteak ($15) – Shaved ribeye, crawfish tails, Cooper sharp American with Cajun remoulade on a seeded baguette

Slow cooked Barbecued Pork ($15) – toasted brioche bun with Tidewater coleslaw and frizzled onions

Grilled Shrimp and Smoked Gouda Grits with Cajun butter ($27)

Jambalaya ($27) – Shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage, peppers, and onions, spicy Cajun rice

Pan Seared Catfish ($26) – Red beans and rice with a smoked fish beurre blanc

Pan Roasted Chicken ($26) – Sautéed mustard greens, caramelized onion, Madeira chicken jus

Tri-colored Spaghetti ($24) – vegetables, creamy broccoli rabe pesto

Desserts ($14)

Savory crawfish ice cream!!

House-made Beignets filled with Mayhall jelly

Ricotta and honey with black mission figs and balsamic reduction

S’mores crème brûlée

Chris’ Jazz Café, located at 1421 Sansom Street, is Philadelphia’s longest-continuously operating jazz club. Enjoy live jazz Tuesdays through Saturdays. For information on General Admission tickets, Dinner & Show packages, and VIP seating, or to make reservations, please call 215.568.3131 or visit

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