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Taste of Mardi Gras in the Midlands

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Mardi Gras parade floats fill New Orleans streets. Mardi Gras parade floats fill New Orleans streets.
Customers enjoy the Creole and Cajun food offered at The Lost Cajun. Customers enjoy the Creole and Cajun food offered at The Lost Cajun.

By Deonica Thomas

Mardi Gras is celebrated around the world. In America, this gluttonous holiday is especially popular in New Orleans. Thousands of tourist fill the city streets for the parades, dancing and bead tossing. The last day to celebrate is today, Fat Tuesday, before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in Western Christianity.

Traveling all the way to Louisiana for the festivities may be too long of a trip for some, but one restaurant is bringing Mardi Gras to Columbia and giving its customers a taste of Louisiana cuisine.

The Lost Cajun, in Lexington, provides a fun environment for customers to try something new. There's upbeat music, walls decorated in masks and beads handing from hooks. From gumbo to shrimp etouffee, their authentic Cajun and Creole food is made from scratch and free sample boards are offered before ordering.

Owner Joe Turbeville says customers are surprised they like Cajun food because they think that the spices are going to be too strong for them to handle.

“Cajun food is not hot, Cajun food has flavor” he says, “The Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas people from down there are coming in and going finally a Cajun restaurant that sells authentic food. This is what my grandma and mom used to make.“

The Lost Cajun will be giving out free beignets for Fat Tuesday for their Mardi Gras celebration. 

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