JERSEY JAMBALAYA: How to Celebrate Hudson County’s New Orleans Connections This Fat Tuesday

JERSEY JAMBALAYA: How to Celebrate Hudson County’s New Orleans Connections This Fat Tuesday

“There is a New Orleans city accent…that is hard to distinguish from the accent of Hoboken, Jersey City and Astoria, where the Al Smith inflection, extinct in Manhattan, has taken refuge. The reason, as you might expect, is that the same stocks that brought the accent to Manhattan imposed it on New Orleans.”

Taken from the preface to A Confederacy of Dunces, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that has been embraced as an emblematic tale of New Orleans’ character and distinctiveness, author John Kennedy Toole later refers to Mrs. Reilly’s manner of speech as “that accent that occurs south of New Jersey only in New Orleans, that Hoboken near the Gulf of Mexico.”

Add in the fact that both Hoboken and New Orleans were dockworker towns at or below sea level—neither of which do too well in a hurricane—and we have a lot in common.

Of course this time of year reminds us just how much we miss Hoboken’s Oddfellows Rest (80 River Street), who used to throw one of the biggest Mardi Gras festivals in the entire NY Metro Area. It was Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day packed into one tight room—complete with beads, bands, gumbo… and Hurricanes, of course (LIMIT: TWO).

Oddfellows Rest... In Peace

Oddfellows Rest… In Peace

Alas, they turned out the Hurricane Lamps in Oddfellows back in 2013, but there is still plenty to be found around our area…

Antique Bar & Bakery‘s Chef Paul Gerard spent some time in the Big Easy… “Come for dinner, dig great music, have a taste of N’awlins flavor, and treat yourself to a Tuesday Hurricane!


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Happy Mardi Gras! Come on North Jersey! “Fat Tuesday” isn’t a bookie in Bayonne! . . Hey Hoboken, let’s let the good times roll! TONIGHT! Antique Mardi Gras! All the spirit, with none of the insanity. :)) Come for dinner, dig great music, have a taste of N’awlins flavor, and treat yourself to a Tuesday Hurricane! (Don’t worry, we use quality ingredients, fresh passion fruit & good rum…this ain’t Bourbon St.;) . . Chef Paul grabbed the kids, Grace & Frank, and made a family trip to their home away from home: The Big Easy! They gathered big bags of baubles, bangles, and bright shiny beads for the good folks of Hoboken! Grace couldn’t leave the town she grew up in just yet, and stayed the course of folly & triumph that is Fat Tuesday, but Paul & Frank did what good pirates do, they sacked the town then followed the map back to bring the booty, and throw a party at Antique that is a taste of the real deal! . . . Food, fun, family & friends, that’s what it’s all about! . . . #hoboken #happy #mardigras #fattuesday #hurricane #crawfish #creole #etouffee #blackened #yeahyouright #family #fun #letthegoodtimesroll

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Del Frisco’s Grill Hoboken offers a delectable Jumbo Lump Crabcake with Cajun Lobster Sauce.

Halifax Hoboken has phenomenal seafood, with a menu that focuses on the Cajuns’ true Acadian roots. Plus their cocktail list says “Laissez les bons temps rouler…

-Jersey City’s South House will have their Fat Tuesday celebration in full swing, featuring jambalaya, stuffed lobster tails, Hurricanes, Abita beer and live music from the High and Mighty Brass Band.

-Stop by Vito’s Deli for their Muffaletta—a New Orleans specialty with ham, salami, provolone and olive salad.

-Can’t go wrong with oysters on Fat Tuesday. Check out some to the best Raw Bars in town at The Madison Bar & Grill and The Stingray Lounge.

-Looking for some fish? Hooked JC is easily the best seafood shack north of the Big Easy.


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Catch o’ the Day🦞 1. whiting fish 3. pollock & skate wings #youshouldeathere

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-Meanwhile Texas, Louisiana’s neighbor, also does some mighty fine cooking. Stop by House of ‘Que to fatten up this Tuesday before fasting on Ash Wednesday.

-Cooking at home? A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook  is available at Little City Books, with dishes inspired by Ignatius’ favorites—macaroons and “toothsome” steak—as well as recipes based on supporting characters…

Remember—no matter what happens this evening, the party need to end at midnight.

See y’all in Church tomorrow…


Authored by: hMAG