Crawfish Season Is Off to a Slow Start, But Here's Where to Get Your Mudbugs

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Photo courtesy LA Crawfish
I'll take ten pounds, please. Yes, all for me.
"The only thing better than a crawfish dinner is five crawfish dinners."

Coach Red Beaulieu, The Waterboy

Ain't that the truth? It's time to eat up, because crawfish season is upon us once again ... well, sort of.

Gulf coast crawfish season typically begins in early to mid-March, but this year has seen a small crawfish harvest due to an unseasonably cold winter and icy snaps that hit the gulf unusually late in the year.

"The one thing you should know about crawfish is they're very temperature-sensitive," says Stephen Minvielle, director at the Louisiana Crawfish Research & Promtion Board. "We don't have a lot of history on ice storms like we've had this year to compare it to. Was it a permanent negative effect? Probably not. But it's unknown."

Minvielle says that by this time of year, he's used to hauling in anywhere from 12 (on a poor day) to 22 sacks of crawfish from his operation, but his best haul so far has been 11 sacks of mudbugs.

"Fifty-eight to 65 degrees is the most wonderful temperature for crawfish," Minvielle says. "Since we had a long winter, that growth period that we usually have wasn't there. We're about 30-to-40 days behind."

Still, many restaurants here in Houston are receiving live crawfish from Louisiana and nearby farms, and while prices are high now, many spots expect the cost per pound to continue to decrease into April. You probably won't see the best crawfish of your life this year, but you can still get some good mudbugs at these places.

And remember: "When the hurricane season starts, crawfish season ends," says Minvielle, referencing the official June 1 start date of hurricane season, when warm currents begin to invade the gulf. Get 'em soon!

10. Blue Water Seafood (tied with LA Crawfish)
Both of these spots make a mean crawfish boil, but they're tied for tenth place because neither has gotten in live crawfish yet. For now, Blue Water Seafood is selling pre-boiled crawfish from Louisiana for $7.99 a pound, and the restaurant expects to be getting in live crawfish next week. If you order a crawfish boil, you get two pounds of crawfish, ten boiled shrimp, andouille sausage, corn and potatoes for $25.99. Both LA Crawfish locations are currently selling crawfish in a garlic butter sauce, chili lime sauce or Cajun style for $6.99 a pound. A person I spoke to there said he expects to get the fresh, live mudbugs in during later this month.

9. Bayou City Seafood & Pasta
The crawfish at Bayou City is super-fresh, and though the boil offered is a basic spicy Cajun, it's of high quality and comes with potatoes and corn. You won't ever find mushy mudbugs here, because if they aren't fresh, Bayou City won't serve them. The crawfish is currently a bit on the pricey side for the restaurant--$7.99 per pound--but if you go on Tuesday between 2 and 6 p.m., there's a happy hour deal where you can get them for $6.95 a pound. The restaurant assures me that prices will go down as more crawfish become available.

The story continues on the next page.


Location Info

Crawfish and Noodles

11360 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Blue Water Seafood

6107 Farm to Market 1960 W. Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

LA Crawfish

1005 Blalock, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Cajun Stop

2130 Jefferson St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Woodrow's (Heights)

1200 Durham Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Bayou City Seafood n' Pasta

4730 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ragin Cajun

4302 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

BB's Cafe

2710 Montrose, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Wild Cajun Crawfish

6533 Wilcrest Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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jknasse2
jknasse2

Who ever wrote this is Asian.  Look at the top choices throughout the list...


Guidry's should be on this list.  Obviously the writer has never visited, noticed that everybody that has lived in Kemah area goes to deer park for crawfish now.  I lived in Seabrook for 6 years on the water, and can honestly say living in the area for 26 years around Houston they have the best crawfish on a regularly (YEARLY basis).  Owner is from LA and brings the heat if you want.  Their are 5 levels of spicy hotness to choose from so get mild or Double Ds if you dare.  I get the X Spicy or XX Spicy.  The other items are menu are awesome they make a crawfish tail cheese biscuit, deep fried homemade boudin, and even frog legs if you watn.  Their fries are AWESOME so get an order with some crawfish.  They also give you their homemade MK sauce to dip fries or crawfish tails


After seeing Guidry's missed year in and year out on this list it is really time Houston Press PAYS A VISIT TO DEER PARK.  I live in the Heights now and still drive out there for it!!!!

Shannon Bellow
Shannon Bellow

I personally love cypress station grill's crawfish

samparadis
samparadis

Well, if you can't find crawfish, you can read about them in the new book Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean published by History Press.

shaktibaum
shaktibaum

Onion Creek, Cedar Creek, and Canyon Creek. Weekends.

Xavier Balderas
Xavier Balderas

concert pub galleria... come one Houston Press, whose the one testing the mud bugs?

Adam Castaneda
Adam Castaneda

Still a little too early. Dont wanna kill off the spawn.

Thatsuperstar
Thatsuperstar

Caliopes, 88 Boiling and Seafood Shop didnf make the list.....wow and these have some of the best flavor in town! Trust go!

albertkamkhagi
albertkamkhagi

Have you been to Cajun Kitchen on Wilcrest (between Bellaire and Bissonnet) ? -- Destorys Crawfish & Noodles, best Viet-Crawfish in the city hands down! 

jknasse2
jknasse2

Totally agree Houston Press/Houston News always misses them on the list.  It is really time somebody pays their restaurant a visit.

SirRon
SirRon

Seriously. Clicked through five pages to find Seafood Shoppe missing.

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@Thatsuperstar  Which Calliope's are you referring to? The Cajun Stop used to be Calliope's before changing its name.

Thatsuperstar
Thatsuperstar

Right seafood shoppe is good but I just started going to 88 Boiling and they have a 88 special flavor (all combined) that Taste just as good as seafood shoppe ... You have to try it. Wilcrest and briar forest

Thatsuperstar
Thatsuperstar

But then again that may be another location as well I think ...

Thatsuperstar
Thatsuperstar

No not that one, there is a Calliope's on west bellfort and fondren which is amazing

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