Get crackin’ during crawfish season in Houston at 8 great spots

Heights Crawfish Festival | Photo: Sher Yip via CC

Break out the newspapers and boil up some corn on the cob, crawfish season is back, baby!

Temperatures are (kinda) rising and all the spring holidays are starting to commence, which means for mudbugs are making their way back to the palettes of pretty much all Houstonians. Chefs and restaurants are cracking their knuckles and getting down to business as they prepare for sizable orders of crawfish. So gather up the family, even those who don’t know how to eat crawfish, and take a look at our list of great places in town to get crackin’.

8 Great Crawfish Spots in Houston

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  • BB’s Cafe – Take some crawfish (and frozen daiquiris) “2 geaux” from the original location in Montrose, which also touts 15 po’ boy options for the faint of crawfish heart. Sunday to Wednesday, 11am-midnight; Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 3am. Map it.
  • Woodrow’s in The Heights– Enjoy hot boiled crawfish in a number of ways including crawfish bisque, gumbo or by the bucket. Ooh! Go on Sundays when Bloody Mary’s are $3. Monday to Thursday, 11am to 10pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am to midnight; Sunday, 11am to 9pm. Map it.
  • Ragin’ Cajun – Pop a squat on one of the community tables at any RJ location and get ready to dive into heaps of spicy and savory crawfish. Also, try the oysters on the half shell for a break in between. Sunday to Wednesday, 11am to 9pm; Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 10pm. Map it.
  • Crawfish and Noodles – Just west of Chinatown, Crawfish and Noodles is home to a blend of Cajun and Vietnamese favorites. You can find crawfish orders included in the full list of traditional Vietnamese plates and bowls. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3pm to 10pm;  Tuesday, 5pm to 10pm; Friday, 3pm to 11pm; Saturday, noon to 11pm; close Sunday. Map it.
  • LA Crawfish Shack – Another Vietnamese twist on the Cajun favorite can be found at LA Crawfish Shack. Enjoy the mudbugs with a bigger variety of sauces. Monday to Thursday, 11am to 9:30pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am to 10pm; Sunday, noon to 9:30pm. Map it.
  • Danton’s – Cook Danton Nix tosses together spicy and savory crawfish at his Museum District resto by the pound. Customers can also order a full list of crawfish items like fried crawfish tails, crawfish étouffée, and tangy crawfish bisque. Monday to Friday, 11am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm; Saturday, 11am to 10pm; Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Map it.
  • Boudreaux’s Cajun Kitchen – Mouthwatering seafood lines the menu at Boudreaux’s. Go big with a tall order of crawfish and shrimp. Sunday to Thursday, 11am to 10pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am to 11pm. Map it.
  • The Cajun Stop – Hip-to-jive neighborhood East Downtown (a.k.a. EaDo) is home to Louisiana native Lisa Carnley’s down home piece of Cajun heaven. Mardis Gras and NOLA jazz waft through the restaurant, just like the hot plates of crawfish and seafood she dishes up on the daily. Monday to Thursday, 10am to 10pm; Friday, 10am to 11pm; Saturday, 11am to 11pm; Sunday, 11am to 10pm. Map it.



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Nick Esquer has been in content creation since the age of 15 when he took his first job as a cub reporter for a local newspaper. Since then, he has earned a B.A. from Arizona State University in his native Phoenix, and an M.F.A. from Queens University of Charlotte. He arrived in Houston in February 2013 when he assumed the position of assistant editor at Houston Modern Luxury magazine for more than a year.