Happy Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras!

Credit: Steve Frost

Whatever you're calling it doesn't matter- it's how you celebrate that takes the cake. If you're looking to cheat on your New Years Resolution that you've been so diligently keeping up with, today is the day to do it.

Here are a few places I recommend to celebrate by stuffing your face with their delicious delicacies:

Schatzi's Pub - 202 Main Street, Poughkeepsie: I love Schatzi's Bavarian Hot Pretzels, they are out of this world and you can't go wrong with the Reuben Sliders. If you're into Craft Beer, Schatzi's has quite the selection on tap and a beautiful outdoor seating area.

Billy Bob's BBQ - 35 Fairmont Ave, Poughkeepsie : Nothing like good BBQ to kick off your Fat Tuesday! Billy Bob's Pulled Pork is one of my favorites around town and their Notorious Nacho Plate is amazing. Seriously, you'll need like three people to help you finish it.

Mexicali Blue- 1571 RT 9 Wappingers Falls: I was so excited when I heard Mexicali Blue was opening up in Wappingers, I had heard great things about the location in New Paltz and couldn't wait to try it. It's now one of my favorite restaurants in town. I can't get enough of their Fresh Mex & Southwestern style. I'm not big on burritos, but the Steak and Shrimp burrito is fantastic! If you're not looking to go crazy today, the Chicken Avocado Salad is an excellent choice as well. They also have Pacifico and Dos Equis on tap (the margaritas are delicious too)!

These are some of my favorite places to eat around town. After writing about them, I may just have to stop by one (read: all ) of these places tonight to celebrate Mardi Gras.

I was told by a coworker that the Cheese Curds at the Guilded Otter should have made my list, what do you think? What are some of your favorite Hudson Valley restaurants? Leave me some suggestions!