Dining With Denise Neil

Fat Tuesday options in Wichita: oysters, Zydeco and a Red Bean’s revival

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Wichitans will be wearing beads, feasting on crawfish and oysters and dancing to Cajun tunes at several local Fat Tuesday events. Among them:

Second Annual Red Bean’s Memorial Fat Tuesday celebration: Bill Rowe, the former proprietor of Red Bean’s Bayou Grill, is putting on a Fat Tuesday party at his banquet venue, Villa Luna, at 8406 W. Central. It will feature a buffet of favorites from Red Bean’s, which closed in 2014 after 16 years in business. Among them: firecracker pasta, pork loin Thibideaux, jambalaya and fried pickles. The party, which lasts from 4 to 10 p.m., will also have oyster shots and adult beverages. Tickets are available at the door and are $20 for adults, $10 for ages 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and under.

Oyster dinner at St. James: The annual St. James Episcopal Church oyster dinner, which always happens on Fat Tuesday, offers all-you-can-eat oysters on the half shell, fried oysters, oyster stew, dessert and beer and wine on tap. Attendees can choose between a 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. seating, and tickets are cheaper this year: They’re $45 in advance at the church office, 3750 E. Douglas, and they’re also available for the same price at the door. Money raised supports Episcopal Social Services. For information, call 316-259-7587.

Doo-Dah Diner’s Fat Tuesday Cajun Feast: The popular diner at 206 E. Kellogg is putting on its third annual all-you-can-eat Cajun buffet featuring jambalaya, shrimp etouffee, red beans and rice, blackened chicken, crawfish, fried catfish and King Cake. The feast will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. (The diner is usually closed on Tuesdays.) Advance tickets are $40 a person and available at the diner. Tickets are $45 at the door, and proceeds benefit Working Families United Inc. For more information, call 316-265-7011.

The Mudbugs at Heroes: This will be the eight year in a row for the Mudbugs Cajun and Zydeco band to headline the Fat Tuesday celebration at Heroes, 117 N. Mosley. The bar turns into a dance hall each year as the kitchen serves Cajun specials and the bar mixes hurricanes. It lasts from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and admission is free. All ages are welcome.

Siena Tuscan Steakhouse: Chef Jeremy Wade, who runs the kitchen at the restaurant inside the Ambassador Hotel, 104 S. Broadway, will serve a Fat Tuesday pasta special made with saffron and squid ink fettuccine with mussels and crayfish in a Cajun ream sauce. He’ll also serve $1 oysters all day and will serve beignets and zeppoles for dessert.

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