The Best Spots to Find Crawfish in Houston for 2021 — Updated
We’re all seeking a bit of normalcy these days. A return to familiar rituals and experiences. Queue the crawfish. Few things are as ritualistically anticipated on the Gulf Coast as the yearly return of crawfish season, and few things could help bring about a renewed sense of normal like a tray of bright red, steaming mudbugs. Whether dining out, carrying out or boiling at home, we’ve got you covered with this year’s best bets for crawfish in and around Houston.
Dine In or Take Out
88 Boiling Crawfish & Seafood, 1910 Wilcrest: For many on the Bayou City’s west side, 88 Boiling is synonymous with crawfish season. Try the 88 Special house boil with garlic butter and spicy seasoning cranked up to your preferred spice level. Each order comes with the basic fixings — boiled potatoes and corn — and can be enjoyed alongside any of the eatery’s other beloved specialties such as Gulf oysters on the half shell or fried boudin balls.
Atchafalaya Crawfish & Cajun Specialties, 2202 North Main, Pearland: Pearland locals know this hole-in-the-wall roadside shack sells some of the finest Cajun-style crawdads in the Houston area. Pick yours up, boiled and spicy or alive and kicking, through the curbside window and take them home to enjoy.
BB‘s Tex-Orleans, multiple locations: This popular Houston mini-chain is a go-to for Cajun cooking year-round, which makes all ten BB’s locations the natural choice for crawfish. Try their seasonal boils Cajun style or Tex-Orleans style with garlic paste thrown in the mix. Top it off with a laundry list of fixings including Alligator Andouille and Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Sausage. Available for dine in or takeout.
Bobcat Teddy’s Ice House, 2803 White Oak: Every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, Bobcat Teddy’s is offering crawfish specials. Thursdays and Sundays is catered by Bagzz of Buzz, and on Saturdays the mudbugs are provided by Clutch City Crawfish. Enjoy the season at this Heights patio bar with live music on Saturdays and Sundays and plenty of space for outdoor dining.
Boil House, 606 E 11th: Another Heights joint (some neighborhoods have all the luck), Boil House is a true Louisiana experience. Owned by former crawfish farmers, this small wooden shack serves a simple yet perfected menu of Cajun classics including Louisiana crawfish and Gulf shrimp, standard fixings, frozen margaritas and beer and traditional or cream cheese king cake. They also offer live sacks for your home boiling needs.
Crawfish & Noodles, 11360 Bellaire: The Netflix-featured restaurant that put Viet-Cajun crawfish on the map, Crawfish & Noodles is a veritable Houston institution. Owner and James Beard semi-finalist Trong Nguyen helped popularize this fusion of Cajun and Vietnamese cuisines. Though Nguyen’s menu of Vietnamese and Cajun classics is available all year, there’s a spike in interest come crawfish season. The lines can be long but it’s worth the wait at this Houston bucket list destination.
Crawfish Cafe, 11209 Bellaire: Though this Asiatown eatery recently opened a second location in the Heights, it’s the original Hong Kong City Mall location on Bellaire that earned it it’s sterling reputation. Owner Kiet Duong takes Viet-Cajun crawfish to new heights with a variety of flavors including Original Cajun, Kickin’ Cajun, Garlic Butter, Lemon Pepper, Thai Basil and The Mix with garlic butter and lemon pepper. Available via dining in, takeout and delivery.
The Creek Group, multiple locations: All five Creek Group establishments are offering three unique crawfish styles this season — traditional Cajun, French-style with butter, garlic and herbs and Vietnamese-style. All three options are $10 per pound or $45 for a 5-pound bucket. The bugs will be boiling at Cactus Cove (3333 West 11th), Cedar Creek (1034 West 20th St), Onion Creek (3106 White Oak), Canyon Creek (6603 Westcott) and Piggy’s (3412 West Lamar). Pick your favorite and dig in.
Floyd’s Cajun Seafood, multiple locations: Folks driving to Galveston may recognize the boat shaped Webster location off I-45. The quirky building has been serving some of the finest Gulf seafood in Greater Houston since it opened in 2004. Today, there are five other locations including outposts in Sugar Land and Pearland and as far out as Beaumont. They’re all year-round favorites but get especially popular during crawfish season, when they offer seasonal mudbug specials.
Hank’s Crawfish, multiple locations: With three locations spread around the Houston area, there’s probably a Hank’s near you. This local favorite is famous year-round for its mouthwatering (and blistering) seafood boils. Come crawfish season, it’s a party. Chose from traditional, garlic butter or a house-special sauce and add your level of spice from mild to New Orleans spicy.
Out the Mud Crawfish: This year let proprietor Stanley Alford bring the boil to your door in box or, rather, a cooler. Stanley thought up the “Boil in a Box” before last year’s crawfish season and once quarantine hit, the orders came flying. Out Of The Mud’s unique business model brings fully cooked crawfish boils straight to you with corn, potatoes and sausage included. You can even add shrimp, three types of crab and mushrooms. The basic boils start at $175 for 15 pounds with standard fixings or $300 for 30 pounds. And yes, you can keep the cooler!
Phat Eatery, 23119 Colonial Pkwy, Katy: Last year, this acclaimed Malaysian kitchen in Katy’s Asian Town Center served up Malaysian Curry Crawfish Boils. An instant hit in 2020, Houston Food Finder has received word that the beloved boils are on their way back for 2021. Follow Phat Eatery on Instagram or Facebook for more information.
The Pit Room, 1201 Richmond Ave: This popular Montrose smokehouse is getting in on the seasonal festivities with crawfish every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Get your mudbugs barbecue-style with three size options, each served with corn, potato, mushrooms and Andouille sausage — $9.95 per pound, $27 for a three-pound bag and $58 for seafood feast including three-pounds of bugs, two snow crab clusters and one-pound of shrimp. The boilers start at 4 p.m. on Fridays and 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Revelry on Richmond, 1613 Richmond Ave: Every Sunday this season starting on February 14, Revelry on Richmond will be offering an all-you-can-eat crawfish special. For $30 you’ll get all the mudbugs you can stomach until they sell out. If you want it by the pound, it’ll be $7.99 per. Enjoy live music every Sunday, and join them on the 14th to kick it all off with a Cajun Mardi Gras-themed event featuring a live performance by the Zydeco Dots.
Saigon Houston, 3645 FM 1960: Once a staple of Midtown’s old Little Saigon, that now shuttered location of Saigon House was a Viet-Cajun classic. This Vietnamese restaurant, helmed by Tony J. Nguyen who also operates Xin Chao with Christine Ha, has luckily reopened on the north side of town, and Houstonians are rushing back for his signature crawfish with two sauce options: H-Town Bang, with garlic and butter, and Thai Surprise with a garlic and citrus twist. Plus, there are three spice levels available: Sissy Unicorn, Fiery Phoenix and Angry Dragon (if you dare).
Wild Cajun, multiple locations: With two west side locations, this traditional Cajun eatery offers a full menu of beloved south Louisiana and Creole fare, crawfish being on the the most popular offerings. Enjoy yours in traditional boil form with standard fixings and a cold one, or keep your fingers clean with crawfish étouffée.
Boil Your Own
Airline Seafood, 1841 Richmond Ave: For over 75 years, Houston’s oldest seafood market has been selling fresh-caught, high-quality seafood to generations of Houstonians. During crawfish season, this Montrose fish market sells live, freshwater Gulf Coast mudbugs.
Lafitte’s Seafood, 6919 South Kirkwood: Another Houston institution, each year, this Alief seafood market adds sacks of live crawfish to their incredible selection of Gulf Coast and imported seafood. Throw some Dungeness crab and Gulf shrimp in your boiler and really have a ball.
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Updated: Saigon House and Wild Cajun were added on February 10, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.