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At both Maras Homemade in Syosset and Maras Too in Wantagh, restaurateur Mara Levi is gearing up for Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, which, this year, falls March 4.
On that day, Maras Homemade will open at noon and serve until the last customer leaves. The place will offer a roster of Cajun specialties, among them Gulf oysters, Louisiana crawfish and shrimp, jambalaya and more. Signature New Orleans drinks, like Hurricanes, Monsoons and Abita beer, will be available. Live music starts at 8 p.m.
Many of the same specialties will be available at Maras Too in Wantagh, which opens at 11:30 a.m. and where live music starts at 7 p.m.
Both places will be giving out Mardi Gras beads.
If you want to celebrate at home with a traditional king cake, Levi offers a choice of fillings cinnamon sugar ($35) and also peach praline, cream cheese or nutella ($40). To order, call Maras Homemade (516-682-9200) by Thursday, Feb., 28 and specify whether you want to pick up your cake in Syosset or Wantagh.
Watch for a story on Mardi Gras celebrations and king cake on Long Island to run on Tuesday, March 4 in Newsday's exploreLI.
Mara's Homemade is at 236 W. Jericho Tpke. (in Muttontown Plaza shopping center), Syosset, 516-682-9200; Maras Too is at 3261 Merrick Rd., Wantagh, 516-785-5300, marastoo.com.