KENNESAW, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - We’re still one week away from Mardi Gras, but that’s not stopping a local couple from starting the party early at their New Orleans-themed Kennesaw restaurant.
Dee and Bernard Carter opened Bourbon Street Ice in the summer of 2017, bringing their love of traditional New Orleans sno-balls to Kennesaw. In case you don’t know, a sno-ball is a popular confection in the Big Easy, made of finely shaved ice and flavored syrup; as Dee Carter explains, “A sno-ball is the New Orleans version of shaved ice. And I mean, not that stuff you get that’s crumbly…this is like snow!”
Dee Carter grew up in New Orleans, learning to cook by watching her family. “I grew up watching my mom,” she says. “Then my big sister…she’s deceased now, but boy, I’m telling you, she could make a shoe taste good!” Carter ended up going into healthcare, working as an Army nurse before suffering a burst aneurysm in her head in 2016. In the aftermath of that health scare, Dee and her husband decided to fulfill their dream of opening a restaurant together.
While focusing on New Orleans favorites like sno-balls, king cakes, and gumbo, the Carters say Bourbon Street Ice is also committed to using only natural ingredients and sweeteners. “Everything is here is all-natural,” says Bernard. “So there are many kids that come here that can’t have artificial colors or artificial preservatives, so they just love it when they can have a rainbow sno-ball.”
Bourbon Street Ice is located at 1635 Old 41 Highway NW #107 in Kennesaw, and is open Tuesdays through Sundays. And this morning, they opened up early for the Good Day Atlanta feature team, who couldn’t resist getting a “taste” of New Orleans one week before Mardi Gras.