Bigger Crawfish Are Here: A Roundup of Houston's 10 Best Mudbug Spots
7. Seafood Shoppe
Photo by Troy Fields Freshly boiled bugs at The Seafood Shoppe.
This Cajun eatery has been in business for 27 years (15 at its current location), so the folks at The Seafood Shoppe know what they're doing when it comes to a classic cayenne spice mix. The Shoppe is so confident in its boil that it will serve you a cup of it on the side for dipping. While I'm still upset that it stopped cooking what was my favorite boudin in Houston, The Shoppe still offers its signature snow crabs.
6. Hank's Cajun Crawfish
Photo by Jason Tinder. It's crawfish season, and the bugs are already getting bigger.
I once walked into this longtime Press list-maker to find some of my friends wearing latex gloves to peel their bugs. Just before I could scold them or ask for an explanation, I caught a whiff of the bowl and understood right away: The bugs at Hank's are sinus-clearing spicy and will challenge even Ghost Pepper lovers. If you can't handle the heat, opt for Hank's famous fried rice topped with wings that come in a variety of flavors.
If your friends don't like crawfish, first of all, get new friends. Then head over to this Chinatown staple for Asian-inspired bugs, super-filling noodle dishes and popular salt-and-pepper crabs. The spice mix at Crawfish and Noodles is hot with a slightly sweet tinge at the end that will inspire even the most devout tail-pincher to suck the heads instead of immediately tossing the shells.
4. The Cajun Stop (formerly known as Calliope's)
While this EaDo favorite is better known for its po-boys, Louisiana natives swear by the spice mix's authenticity. This BYOB establishment makes sure to put the cayenne and top-secret spice recipe directly in the boil to make sure that every meaty bite at The Cajun Stop has been marinating in the spices, instead of merely coating the bugs with a dry mix.
4302 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX