Bigger Crawfish Are Here: A Roundup of Houston's 10 Best Mudbug Spots
3. Boiling Crab
Photo by Trong Nguyen Sliced sausage atop a bowl of spicy garlic bugs.
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.
1. Wild Cajun
Photo by Ruben Guillen. Wild Cajun's popular garlic and butter blend.
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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