10 Great Places to Find Crawfish in Houston

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Life in Houston isn’t complete without crawfish. And as luck would have it, now is perfect the time to get some.

It’s official – mudbug season is here! From Cajun-style critters bathed in spices to Asian-fusion bugs soaked in garlic, butter and everything but the kitchen sink, here’s where to get your peeling, pinching and sucking on in Houston.

10 Great Places to Find Crawfish in Houston

  • BB’s Cafe This Tex-Orleans favorite boils around 20,000 to 25,000 pounds of crawfish per week over all of its locations. Here, mudbugs come coated in a crawfish paste; and while it’s a secret recipe, fans do know one thing: the special blend is flavor-packed and full of spice. The tongue-numbing crawdads are best enjoyed with a cold pint and some dippin’ sauce, melted butter, corn, and potatoes for good measure. Click here for directions.
  • Cajun Kitchen Warning: these wok-fried Asian-Cajun mudbugs may cause addiction. Choose your spice level (from mild to “cray cray”), then get a few pounds tossed simply in butter-Cajun seasoning, try a Thai basil blend, or go for the gold with the Kitchen Special, an aromatic kitchen-sink blend scented with orange, lemon, garlic, and green onion. Some crawfish bread wouldn’t hurt, either. Click here for directions.
  • Boil House Looking for authentic Louisiana-style crawfish? Look no further than this LSU-loving crawfish shack. It’s open during the season only, with freshwater mudbugs that get properly soaked and seasoned and served along with corn and potatoes and add-ons like fresh smoked sausage links and shrimp. Stop by and get messy at a picnic table, hit the drive-thru, or grab all the ingredients you need for your own backyard boil. Click here for directions.
  • The Cajun Stop – Get a taste of the Big Easy and “eat dat” crawfish. With a duo of locations, the Cajun Stop offers both Cajun and Asian-style boils, plus fried crawfish, crawfish po’ boys, and crawfish étouffée.  Click here for EaDo directions. Click here for Spring directions.
  • The Boot Hit the sprawling patio to suck down Louisiana-style crawfish that get boiled fresh every day during the season. While you’re at it, add on Creole and Cajun specialties, including awesomeness like boudin links, crawfish po’ boys, gator bites, and crawfish étouffée. Click here for directions.
  • Crawfish Shack These authentic Cajun mudbugs are worth leaving the loop for. Now with two locations, the shack offers boiled crawfish, snow crab and shrimp by the pound, along with corn, sausage, potatoes, and mushrooms. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the mudbugs can be had for just $5.95 per pound. Click here for Crosby directions. Click here for Magnolia directions.
  • Eight Row Flint Whiskey and crawfish, why the hell not? Every Sunday through the end of the season, this hip ice house is getting into the mudbug game. Suck the fiery critters down by the pound, along with corn, potatoes, and mushrooms. Click here for directions.
  • Crawfish & Noodles This Viet-Cajun crawfish joint gives you one more reason to take a trip to Chinatown. Come with friends to share giant bowls of crawdads absolutely smothered in garlic butter and tack on some bánh mì to soak up all the juices. Click here for directions.
  • Ragin’ Cajun Seafood & Oyster Bar Crawfish season is nice and long (usually until July) at this Cajun eatery. Get spice-packed, Louisiana-style mudbugs by the bucket, plus Cajun-style snow crab, fried po’ boys, and fried crawfish tails. Click here for directions to the original..
  • LA Crawfish With three locations spanning the city, this Viet-Cajun crawfish spot has become a Houston institution. Hit it year round to get hot mudbugs dripping in garlic butter or Cajun spices, or try some cult-favorite crawfish pho. Click here for directions.