Coloured beads, a decked out Jack Daniel’s statue, and live music make the Mardi Gras atmosphere deliciously authentic at Fat Tuesday’s New Orleans Experience. Their signature dish is traditional jambalaya, which offers four different kinds of meat in a spicy creole tomato sauce. Another favourite is the fall-off-the-bone ribs — smoked in-house for eight hours before being smothered in a Canadian whiskey sauce and put on your plate. The party heats up Saturday nights with a dueling piano set — two pianists sit on opposite sides of a conjoined grand piano and battle for the cheers of the crowd. Reservations recommended. 62 York St., 613-241-6810.