Bigger Crawfish Are Here: A Roundup of Houston's 10 Best Mudbug Spots

Categories: Best of Houston

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Sliced sausage atop a bowl of spicy garlic bugs.
3. Boiling Crab

Pretty much anytime any of my friends return from their first time here I get all sorts of, "Why didn't you tell me about this place before?" questions. So here you have it. Friends, future friends, everyone in between: Boiling Crab is legit. So much so that you'll find yourself waiting in a line for a few hours. The crawfish here are still small right now, but larger ones should be on their way as the season progresses. Order "The Whole Shebang" for a combination of its lemon pepper, Cajun and garlic butter blends.

2. LA Crawfish

Hidden inside Asian grocery store 99 Ranch Market, this understated little bug bar offers garlicky, buttery crawfish that isn't too rich and won't weigh you down. Instead, the garlic tastes fresh and balanced with the butter and sweet meat. Bonus: LA Crawfish sells crawfish pho for those lazy no-peel days. Who'd have thought a bare-bones food court in the Memorial area would have crawfish and pho to rival Bellaire's best? Don't question it; just strap on a bib and dive in.

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Wild Cajun's popular garlic and butter blend.
1. Wild Cajun

Choose from a spicy blend or a milder garlic and butter option, either iteration will be hot enough to satisfy heat-seekers. Fair warning: My parents frequent this spot and have vouched for the spiciness of the Cajun spice blend, and they eat Habanero peppers on a daily basis. I prefer the milder version at Wild Cajun because the butter draws bits of minced garlic into the shells, directly infusing flavor, which makes these bugs the most obscenely addictive in town.



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Location Info

Ragin Cajun

4302 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bayou City Seafood n' Pasta

4730 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

BB's Cafe

2701 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Seafood Shoppe

10555 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hank's Cajun Crawfish

10800 Bellaire Blvd. #G, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Crawfish and Noodles

11360 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Cajun Stop

2130 Jefferson St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Boiling Crab - CLOSED

8300 W. Sam Houston Parkway S., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

LA Crawfish

1005 Blalock, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Wild Cajun Crawfish

6533 Wilcrest Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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33 comments
Jalapeno
Jalapeno

The Hideaway on Dunvale was so strongly recommended here last year and now is not even on this list.  I guess it's in the eye of the reviewer.

Clay Wisner
Clay Wisner

gracias. The Thai crawfish at Naam Khao on Eldridge are something to which I was just introduced - nice.

Eduardo S. Perez
Eduardo S. Perez

Tip: If you go to any place and they sprinkle the seasoning on the crawfish after boiling, leave immediately.

Jesse Showalter
Jesse Showalter

Taps On Washington is one of the best places for crawfish if you want to go to a bar to get some.

Stef Brower
Stef Brower

Must try Crazy Cajun on 290/Hollister - they have 2 flavors - original (which is just the perfect spice - and I LOVE spice and a kick of sweet w some brown sugar) then garlic sensation flavor. they are the BEST

nlbroussard
nlbroussard

Please expand to the non-asian made crawfish....... like stadia in pearland, wild geese in pearland, the deck on fountainview, the crawfish shack in crosby, la expess in pearland, ... and im afraid but can someone try the crawfish at the rodeo and tell me what its like. lol

LaLainya Brown
LaLainya Brown

I beg to differ, Missy Jane, crawfish DO NOT taste the same as shrimp!

Houston Press
Houston Press

Jimi Austin - Fortunately I didn't have to write the review. Line one: "I wasn't sure how I felt about putting something called a mudbug in my mouth, but here we are."

themodular
themodular

L.A. crawfish shack on gessner my top joint right now. 


Kathryn Link
Kathryn Link

You need to go eat some post haste with a pro who can show you how it's done.

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

How are you writing a review if you've never had them?

frangomints
frangomints

Bubba's near Memorial Park has some very good ones: $4.99/lb with potatoes and corn out on the deck Wed. -Sunday. I always do a jog at the park first and ride my bike to Bubba's afterwards. 


rmcginty07
rmcginty07

I'm really upset the Crawfish Shack didn't make this list. I've tried several of these places and the Crawfish Shack is hands down better than all the ones I've tried. 

Missy Jane
Missy Jane

Just eat shrimp. Tastes the same for a lot less work.

WestSideBob
WestSideBob topcommenter

If you're on the Westside and don't want to travel too far, try Big John's Icehouse on Briar Forest.

prich2004
prich2004

@Eduardo S. Perez 
Agreed.  When places season the outside, it's usually an indicator that the meat is bland.  You eat the meat, not the shells.

Obama
Obama

@Eduardo S. Perez Tip: Try it before you knock it.


nlbroussard
nlbroussard

and i enjoy asian/(whatever part of LA I cant recall) made/seasoned crawfish. And i personally cook most of my food with lots of garlic. But i love chili,pepper, and spicy crawfish the most.

rabelais23
rabelais23

@nlbroussard  I found a place with a Louisiana bro cooking the crawfish, not far from the traffic circle on Washington. Called Bubba's, eat em on the deck all afternoon and the prices are good. Drink prices even better.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

@Missy Jane Different altogether, but I can see your point.

Obama
Obama

@prich2004 "usually". What about places that have both seasoning on the outside and well seasoned on the inside as well? Isn't that a possibility as well? Or is it impossible to even fathom?


prich2004
prich2004

@Obama To be quite honest, I have yet to visit a place that seasons the boil and the shells.  It's either one or the other.  That being said, in my experience, if the seasoning is on the outside, the boil has not been seasoned.  The only place I've been to that seasoned both the boil AND the outside, was this weekend at my friend's crawfish boil. :)

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