Chef Jason Santos brings his New Orleans-inspired concept to Back Bay just in time for Mardi Gras. Buttermilk & Bourbon opens its doors on Feb. 24, with rooms inspired by the southern city’s most famous neighborhoods. The offerings include New Orleans BBQ Shrimp, oysters prepared Louisiana-style, and of course, beignets all day. They’ll also be serving hurricanes on tap (!!!) and frozen hand grenades, the extra boozy, melon-y favorite that is probably the reason what happens on Bourbon Street stays on Bourbon Street. 160 Commonwealth Ave., buttermilkbourbon.com
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Tiffani Faison's Sweet Cheeks celebrates Fat Tuesday with a traditional crawfish boil with seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. The Fenway barbecue joint will dish out gumbo and king cake alongside a spicy, buttery sausage, shrimp and crawfish boil a la New Orleans. Bourbon Street-inspired (and probably bourbon, the liquor, heavy) cocktails made special for the evening will also be available a la carte. $40, 1381 Boylston St., 617-266-1300
The Barking Crab is offering a New England spin on a ‘Nawlins classic: Cajun Lobster Jambalaya. The Seaport mainstay will simmer Maine lobster with veg, New Orleans spice and their house Crab on Fire Hot Sauce for one spicy slurp after another. Wash it down with a house Hurricane made with rum and passion fruit syrup, going down easy at $9 a pop. Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m. to close, 88 Sleeper St., barkingcrab.com
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Saloon is channelling Bourbon Street for a one-night live jazz takeover, with impeccably named, The Be Nice or Leave! Brass Band. Louisiana fare — including beignets and shrimp and grits — will be flying from the kitchen while the bar is pouring out Vieux Carre — a classic cocktail named for the city’s oldest ‘hood — made with cognac, rye, Bénédictine and sweet vermouth. Feb. 28, 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., 225 Elm St., Somerville, saloondavis.com