Mardi Gras in Chicago looks good over der in Berwyn. Fitzgerald's has the perpetually touring Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas along with a buffet provided by Wishbone restaurant.
Chicago doesn't hurt for cajun food - Heaven on Seven, Wishbone, Dixie Kitchen come to mind just to name a few. There's even a Pappas Seafood, a Houston-based franchise, out in the 'burbs.
But how often can you sit down to a plate of red beans & rice and catch a good zydeco act?
Things start up around 6:30 PM tonight.
This brings to mind the last time I ate at Wishbone. It was just a week or so after Katrina. I instantly recognized our waitress' Louisiana accent and commented on it. She seemed pleased that I noticed but then when I asked her if she had any relatives affected by the storm she grew very upset. Not at me I don't think. It appeared to be a relief on her part to spit it all out. She was putting people up herself in Chicago and she had folks scattered across the country. She was very stressed out. I wanted to hug her. The shock of Katrina made it all the way up the Mississippi to Lake Michigan, yes indeedy.