Where to Find Crawfish, Gumbo and Other Cajun Classics in Pearland

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The unmistakable flavors of Cajun cuisine are revered by many — and for good reason. When spicy seasonings and rich sauces meet fresh Gulf Coast seafood, the results can be truly magical. Pearland has plenty of places to enjoy the bounty of the sea prepared in both traditional and modern Cajun-style approaches. Choose from seasonal crawfish and shrimp boils, jambalaya, gumbo and po-boys made with Southern, Asian and other influences. There’s even a restaurant with an in-house seafood market for purchasing fresh selections to cook at home. Explore these and other locales on the Visit Pearland website.

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Find seafood boils and a fresh seafood market at All Season Seafood in Pearland. Courtesy photo.

All Season Seafood, 8201 West Broadway: Dine at this one-stop Vietnamese spot for lunch (or opt for to-go), or pick up fresh seafood from the onsite market to cook at home for dinner. The extensive selection offers something for every taste, and the competitive prices keep customers returning year after year.

Follow the Facebook page for specials, such as the crawfish deals available by the pound and bag for at-home cooking. The regular menu includes Seafood Boils with a choice of Crawfish (seasonal), Snow Crab, Colossal Shrimp or Lobster Tail, plus combos with variations of those same items served with corn on the cob, potatoes and sausage. There are five boil flavors such as Cajun, Cajun Butter, and Cajun Garlic Butter available in six spice levels from mild to Burn Your Face Off Hot made with ghost peppers. Though typically served for boils, you can request the same sauces for wings or even to pour over rice.

Popular Seafood Platters come with fries, and options include shrimp, oysters, fish and combinations thereof. There are Party Wings, too, available in six flavors, plus signature Salt & Pepper wings, Fried Rice, Garlic Noodles, Pork or Seafood Eggrolls, Boudin Balls and sides such as Onion Rings and Fried Okra.

At the market, selections vary by season and availability, but customers can expect a wide range of fish, shellfish, crab and oysters. Purchase as-is, or request your choices cleaned and cut to order. Seafood is sold at market prices, and is reflected in all relevant dishes throughout the menu. Call or visit for the most updated prices.

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Find an assortment of po-boys at BB’s Tex-Orleans, such as the fried shrimp po-boy served with fries. Courtesy photo.

BB’s Tex-Orleans, 9719 West Broadway: Brooks Bassler opened the original BB’s Cafe in 2007, and hungry fans have visited for his hearty menu of award-winning Texas-meets-Louisiana fare ever since. At the Pearland location of BB’s Tex-Orleans, you can enjoy your order either indoors or on the inviting patio.

Create your own tray of boiled delights from selections such as Crawfish (seasonal), Dungeness Crab Clusters, Snow Crab Clusters, chilled Peel-n-Eat Boiled Shrimp or Hot-n-Spicy Boiled Shrimp. Customize with 14 add-ons, such as Button Mushrooms, Smoked Garlic Sausage Links, Edamame, Red Potatoes, Corn and Loaded Pollo Bullets. Visit on weekdays for daily specials, such as Gumbo with non-alcoholic drink on Mondays for $10.99, Water Creature Wednesday for an all-day seafood feature with special promotion (specifics and prices vary by the week) and Fried Fish Friday with red beans and rice, hush puppies and dipping sauce also for $10.99.  

Dinner doesn’t get easier than with the bulk Family Packs, available hot and ready to eat. Choose from five combos that feed four to six people, such as Catfish & Shrimp with six fried catfish filets (12 strips) and 16 fried shrimp, Green Bean Medley, coleslaw, garlic bread, sauces and choice of fries or red beans and rice for $59.99. There is also a Chicken Gumbo pack with a half-gallon of chicken gumbo, white rice and crackers for $34.99.

The Voodoo Bar serves an assortment of libations, including cocktails, seltzers, wine and beer. There are eight alcoholic drinks available for to-go, including The Red Headed Wompus Cat hurricane with two kinds of rum, and Maw Maw’s Bayou Tea that is spiked with lemon vodka and mint.

Sign up for the Krewe of Royalty to receive rewards based on purchases good towards menu items. There are two loyalty programs, and benefits vary seasonally. The Crawfish Season loyalty program is generally January through August, and the whole menu program is September through December, although exact months can vary depending on when crawfish are available.

Visit on Fat Tuesday, March 1, for a Mardi Gras party with live music from JoJo Reed & the Happy Hill Zydeco Band, boiled crawfish, king cake and more! The party runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Visit the event page for more information.

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Floyd’s Seafood in Pearland serves an extensive menu of Cajun favorites, such as gumbo. Courtesy photo.

Floyd’s Cajun Seafood, 1300 Broadway: Guests love this local hotspot for its classic and flavorful Gulf Coast fare at lunch and dinner. Fill up on grilled, blackened or fried seafood including eight kinds of fresh Fish, Crawfish Tails, Frog Legs and more. Also available are Crawfish or Shrimp Etouffée, Pastas, Jambalaya, Steaks, Po-Boys and plenty of Oysters. For festive evenings, make a meal from appetizers such as Fried Pickles, Boudin, Cajun Ceviche and Seafood Fondue

When the weather is good, dine on the spacious patio, which also has a stage for band performances on weekends. Picnic tables are first-come, first-served and seat up to eight; leashed dogs are welcome.

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Find crawfish in myriad preprations at LA Crawfish, including empanadas, eggrolls and the Crawfish Cajun Pho. Photo by Ellie Sharp.

LA Crawfish, 1910 Country Place Parkway: Minson Ngo, owner of Houston-based franchise LA Crawfish (the original is located inside 99 RanchMart) earned his stripes working with his uncle, Lee Ngo of Wild Cajun, before venturing out on his own. One of the prep secrets to his Crawfish includes seasoning both the boil water and then tossing the crawfish in garlic butter, Cajun seasoning or hot-and-sour sauce after it cooks for a best-of-both-worlds flavor punch. Crab and Shrimp get the same treatment, too. Order crawfish by the pound in one- to five-pound increments. 

Additional fan favorites include Cheesy Crawfish Rolls (an egg roll wrap tucked around crawfish tails, three cheeses and grated jalapeños), Crawfish Empanadas stuffed with crawfish tails, mirepoix and Cajun seasoning and Crawfish Cajun Pho that customers claim is “life changing.” The latter is a beef pho broth made with 5 star anise, cinnamon sticks and other traditional ingredients kicked up with Cajun seasoning. It is then filled with crawfish tails and double smoked andouille sausage served with traditional Vietnamese pho accouterments. 

Must-try entrées include The Awesome Garlic Noodles with caramelized onions, jumbo shrimp, crawfish tails, smoked andouille sausage, fresh basil and crispy shallots, Magic Cajun Rice and Cajun Curry with coconut milk, red potatoes, smoked Andouille sausage, and choice of jumbo shrimp, crawfish or chicken. There are Fried Seafood Baskets and Po-Boys, too, with options such as shrimp, oysters and crawfish.

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Blackened redfish over dirty rice and topped with étouffée at Cajun Comfort Café in Pearland. Photo by Phaedra Cook.

Magnolia Cajun Comfort, 1807 Broadway: The excellent Cajun and Creole fare is the big draw at this somewhat recent addition to the Pearland dining scene. Chef Steve Haug helms the kitchen with a focus on easy-eating dishes filled with seafood and familiar Gulf Coast flavors. The menu is split into The Cajun Side and The Comfort Side (though it may be the case that the two are one and the same). 

Starters include Fried Green Tomatoes, Peel & Eat Boiled Shrimp and Boudin Eggrolls — or try the Appetizer Sampler that comes with two each of boudin balls, crawfish pies, bacon wrapped shrimp and fried green tomatoes served with remoulade. Move on to Cajun essentials such as Crawfish Etouffée, Red Beans & Rice with Andouille Sausage & Jalapeño Cornbread and New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp. There are fried seafood dinners, too, featuring shrimp or catfish, and a combo with both; get either one in a Po-Boy as well, served with fries. Follow on social media to learn about weekly features, such as Maple & Walnut bread pudding or Parmesan & Almond Crusted Trout with Crabmeat and Asparagus.

For off-site dining, there is a food truck available to cater shindigs.. The truck serves a pared-down version of the restaurant’s menu. Try bites such as Boudin Grilled Cheese, Crawfish Pies, Blackened Redfish and Beignets

On Mondays, kids 12 and under eat free, and weekday happy hour is from 2 to 5 p.m. Call the restaurant at (346)-229-4384 for more details and to book. 

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7Spice Cajun Seafood serves seafood boils, po-boys, gumbo, most of which contain at least 7 spices. Courtesy photo.

7Spice Cajun Seafood, 11011 Shadow Creek Parkway: Vince Thai opened the first 7Spice Cajun Seafood in Missouri City in 2012, and the company has since expanded to 11 locations throughout the greater Houston area. The name reflects Thai’s realization that most of his recipes utilize at least seven spices. Dishes are prepared from scratch using personal recipes, and patrons praise the low prices and high-quality food.

The most popular item is the EZ Peel Shrimp Combo served with corn and red potatoes, but there are plenty of other must-try dishes on the extensive menu of virtually endless combinations. Start with the Boudin Ball appetizer and then select from the Boiled Seafood Combos seasoned with 7Spice flavors and served with red skin potatoes and corn on the cob. Options include Head-On Shrimp, EZ Peel Shrimp, Snow Crab, Duo Delight (half pound of snow crab plus EZ Peel Shrimp), King’s Platter with a full pound of snow crab, and Crawfish (seasonal). You can also order shrimp, snow crab and crawfish by the pound. Smaller combos include solo mains such as Boudin Balls, Chicken Tenders, battered and Fried Fish, Shrimp, Crawfish Tails or a Po-Boy that each come with a side, toast and dip. Additional options include blackened preparations, étouffée combos and specialties such as Red Beans & Rice, Gumbo with choice of chicken, shrimp, crawfish tails, sausage or combination of all four and Fried Rice.

Serving a crowd? Try the fried Family Combos served with three large sides, five dips and four toasts. Choose from chicken tenders, fish, shrimp, fish & shrimp combo or the blackened fish and shrimp. There are also three sizes of party trays for up to a dozen people, plus bulk orders available for most items on the menu. Choose dine in, takeout or third-party delivery via GrubHub and UberEats.

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Steamboat Bill’s Ice House in Pearland has a family-friendly atmosphere, deck and plenty of fresh seafood. Courtesy photo.

Steamboat Bill’s Ice House, 1134 North Main: The story of Steamboat Bill’s started in the 1980s, when owner Kathi Bonamici Vidrine entered the shrimping business and eventually built upon that experience to open restaurants in Texas and Louisiana. Today, the Pearland location is a hotspot for its fresh Cajun fare and inviting family and dog-friendly patio. Visit for live music, a joyful atmosphere and festive food.

Order at the counter, then take a seat; a server will take care of the rest. Favorites include Swamp Fries smothered in cheese and shrimp étouffée, Fresh Fried Mushrooms and pistolette, a lightly fried roll filled with the choice of shrimp or crawfish étouffée. Fried dinners feature chicken, oysters, or shrimp — or try a Captain’s Platter for a little bit of everything. There are also specialty dinners, red beans and rice, gumbos, po-boys, year-round boiled shrimp, seasonal boiled crawfish and much more. Can’t decide? Opt for the Cajun Cooking Sampler and choose three items from the Cajun Cooking section of gumbos, étouffées and red beans and rice for $14.99.

Throw a memorable event and let Steamboat Bill’s do the heavy lifting with an on-site crawfish or shrimp boil and fish fry. Choose from Superior, Grand and Budget packages that include everything needed to ensure happy guests. Call the restaurant to discuss reservations and event details.

The Jambalaya Shoppe, 12568 Broadway: This family-owned concept opened in the 1990s in eastern Louisiana, and has since blossomed into a chain with locations throughout the Gulf Coast. The base dishes are prepared daily in a cast iron pot over an open fire using traditional family recipes. Most dishes also incorporate The Jambalaya Shoppe’s branded seasoning and The Jambalaya Smokehouse pork sausage.

Choose from entrées of Jambalaya with rice, meat or seafood, seasoning vegetables and spices, Gumbo filled with chicken and sausage or shrimp and crabmeat, Boudin, Pastalaya (swaps rice for pasta) and Red or White Beans with sausage over rice. Add sides such as potato salad, beans, corn and green salad. There are two entrée combos, too. Combo #1 includes jambalaya or pastalaya, two crawfish pies, salad, chicken & sausage gumbo and a roll for $13.95, and Combo #2 includes pasta, white or red beans, salad, chicken & sausage gumbo and a roll for $11.95. For dinner, choose from two combinations for $8.99 each featuring jambalaya, pastalaya or beans with sausage. Pick from 10 extras such as Alligator & Jalapeño Bites, Chicken Cracklins, cornbread and boudin balls, or gumbo by the bowl, pint and quart.

There are Family Meal Deal / Office Specials, too, available for five servings on up to 20+. Opt for the jambalaya or Pastalaya deal or the gumbo deal. Each includes additional sides, plus serveware. Finish with a choice of three, pudding-style desserts available in half- or full pans that serve 16 and 32. Choose from Bayou Mud, Bread or Banana.

You can also check out the Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau on social media for the latest updates and restaurant news. Follow on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. There is even a YouTube channel with videos that take you right to the people and places that make Pearland a great food and drink destination!


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