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Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Last Minute

Stop here for king cake, po’ boys, and beads.

By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Grab last-minute slices of king cake in Portland for Mardi Gras.

March has snuck up on us again, and with it, so has Mardi Gras. Even if you aren’t planning on cutting back for Lent this year, it’s never a bad idea to take a Tuesday to indulge. Unfortunately, it’s too late to grab pre-order king cakes like the ones from NOLA Doughnuts, but some spots are still offering king cake, among other Southern delicacies, for last-minute revelers. Here’s where to celebrate.

Avenue Saint Charles


This food cart—selected as one of our favorites in Beaverton—will be serving up fried oyster po’ boys and king cake stuffed with pecans and brown butter and a plastic baby, plus it'll be giving out the requisite beads. Ten percent of Mardi Gras sales will benefit Pravda Brewery in Ukraine, which is providing emergency basement shelter to Ukrainians in crisis. 4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave

DB Dessert Company


Grab pralines by the dozen, king cake whole or by the slice, or made-to-order beignets with coffee. 2624 NE Alberta St

Doe Donuts


From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., get your powdered sugar fix and stop by for plain, chocolate-filled, strawberry filled, or lemon-glazed beignets with chicory coffee—all vegan, of course. 4110 NE Sandy Blvd

Miss Delta


This Mississippi Ave mainstay for New Orleans cooking will be serving crawfish boil and king cake from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., first-come, first-served. Bonus: You’ll also be able to catch the Mardi Gras parade starting at 7 p.m., and Pete Krebs’ The Catnip Brothers band will be playing hot jazz from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 3950 N Mississippi Ave

Screen Door Restaurant


Both locations of this Southern spot are offering their usual dine-in menus (complete with celebratory beads) as well as a to-go and delivery-only Mardi Gras feast for two or four from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The package includes jambalaya, gumbo, cornbread, coleslaw or collard greens, and a fruit crisp for dessert. 2337 E Burnside St and 1131 NW Couch St