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18 Must-Try Crawfish Spots in Houston

Sucking the heads, while recommended, is entirely optional

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Houston-born singer Beyoncé visited BB’s Tex-Orleans’ Upper Kirby location in 2016 with family and her husband Jay-Z.
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Crawfish, crayfish, crawdaddies, mudbugs, ditchbugs, freshwater lobsters, yabbies — whatever you call them, ‘tis the season in Houston to down some of those spicy red crustaceans with the 10 legs. With the season generally running from January to July, many Houstonians have been waiting for the right time to dig in.

Thankfully, Houston’s breadth of diverse mudbug slingers is beckoning diners in — showing them just why this city is one of the best places in the world to eat those little critters. Take your pick between the city’s signature Viet-Cajun boils that use special Vietnamese spices, Malaysian curry mudbugs, the classic Louisiana style, and so much more.

This year’s list omits the Boot and Wild Cajun, but makes way for more beloved crawfish options like Crawfish Shack and John E’s Restaurant in Crosby, Guidry’s, Repka’s Grocery, Turkey Leg Hut, Ragin’ Cajun, and Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack’s year-round offerings to provide options of all price points, flavors, and sceneries around the Houston area. So get ready for some good eating that might make your forehead sweat and your lips burn, and please, don’t forget to wash your hands when you’re done.

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Saigon House FM 1960

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This Viet-Cajun staple specializes in a range of seafood, sauces, and spices. Choose from a Cajun seasoning-based sauce, the Thai Surprise’s basil and chiles, the H-Town Bang garlic butter, or the Saigon heat — a combination of citrus and onion. Spice level ranges from “sissy unicorn” and “fiery phoenix,” to “angry dragon.”

Crawfish Shack

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Open Wednesday through Sunday, expect a line at this BYOB establishment, but it's well worth the wait. Crawfish Shack welcomes crustacean lovers of all ages, with an outdoor playground and indoor and outdoor food halls with enough room to get down and dirty in the mudbugs. Buy crawfish at $8.50 per pound and get $1 off per pound if you order 20 pounds or more. Looking for a variety? Go for the shack trio, which comes with 2 pounds of boiled crawfish, a half-pound of boiled shrimp, and one cluster of Dungeness crab, with corn and potatoes for $42.95. Check the Facebook page for updates on their stock, which can often sell out by around 7 p.m.

John E's Restaurant

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With consistent, quality crawfish, a laidback vibe, and Louisiana-style dishes, this Crosby joint is worth the 30-minute drive from Houston. Prepare for the main event with the crispy fried calamari, and then choose your spice level for crawfish coming in at $8 per pound. Opt for tasty compliments like boiled shrimp, mushrooms, corn, or sausage, and end your meal with the warm, gooey bread pudding served with a praline sauce. In a hurry? John E’s offers drive-thru specials, which most recently offers 10 pounds of crawfish for $65.

Repka's Grocery

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With a devout following that spans more than 30 years, this Brookshire grocery store is a down-home institution that serves up crawfish well-seasoned and boiled to devour on-site, or live and squirming for diners to take home and cook. Feast on down-home diner-style eats like patty melts and chicken-fried steak, and try their Cajun favorites like crawfish boudin, a flaky fried crawfish pie, fried alligator bites, and frog legs.

Phat Eatery

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If you’re eagerly awaiting the return of Phat Eatery’s crawfish, you’re not alone. Typically starting in March, the restaurant serves up its critters Malaysian-style, with a sauce made from curry and coconut milk with various spice levels. Check their Facebook to see when their crawfish specials will return. It’s worth the wait.

Boil House

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Whether in search of several pounds of live crawfish to cook at home or a big bag of freshly-boiled 'bugs drenched in spicy butter, this Heights spot offers diners the ability to order crawfish from the comfort of their cars at its drive-thru window. Open from Wednesday through Sunday, guests can also order sides like smoked sausage, corn, and boiled potatoes. For something sweet, opt for a daiquiri or king cake, available as whole cakes or in slices.

88 Boiling Crawfish & Seafood

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This Westchase seafood shack is perfect for those who want to indulge in several pounds of mudbugs without spending too much cash. Go for the 88 Special, a medley of each of 88 Boiling Crawfish's three seasoning blends all tossed together in the same bag, and ask for it extra-spicy.

The Pit Room

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Yes, this barbecue joint also has a kickin’ crawfish menu. Available on Thursdays and Fridays from 1 p.m.. to sellout, and weekends starting at noon when in season, guests can order by the pound for $12.95 each including corn, mushrooms, and half of an andouille sausage link. The Feast is an option for someone looking for a little bit of everything. It includes 3 pounds of crawfish, one pound of shrimp, two snow crab clusters, sides, and a full link of sausage, all for $90.

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The Pit Room’s Fest, with three pounds of crawfish, two snow crab clusters, and a pound of shrimp.
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BB's Tex-Orleans

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Serving thousands of pounds of crawfish across its 10 local outposts every year, BB’s Cafe has become a Houston favorite — so much so that even Houston-born singer Beyoncé and her husband, hip hop mogul Jay-Z, have stopped by for their crawfish fix. Here, the crawfish are soaked in a Cajun-style boil that injects an explosive punch of spicy flavor.

Ragin' Cajun

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A staple for crawfish since the 1970s, Ragin’ Cajun gets particular about its seafood. Coming in at $8.99 per pound, the restaurant offers Acadian “rice field” pond-raised crawfish, which is then boiled in their signature Cajun-style boil using a blend of cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, and chili powder.

LA Crawfish

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With lines of customers out the door, it’s easy to see why LA Crawfish has quickly expanded to multiple Houston locations. In addition to the boiled crawfish, seasoned with garlic butter, hot-and-sour sauce, or Cajun-style flavors, find crawfish pho and mudbug empanadas.

Turkey Leg Hut

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Known for its robust smoked turkey legs topped with flavorful concoctions, Turkey Leg Hut also goes all-in on its crawfish. Now in season, the restaurant offers crawfish at $6 to $8 per pound through fishing captain Capt. Sin’s depending on the day or special — and that includes free corn, potatoes, sausage, and turkey necks for dine-in or and to-go. Check their Facebook page for updates on this week’s specials.

Crawfish & Noodles

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This James Beard Award-nominated crawfish restaurant has earned national attention, and for good reason. It may be pricier than some other local spots, but the seasoning blend on this boil is perfectly balanced. Pair a few pounds of Viet-Cajun crawfish with an oxtail hotpot or a plate of noodles for a combination that could only exist in a city like Houston.

Crawfish Cafe

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At this Alief favorite, sauce up your mudbugs with a variety of interesting and layered blends of flavor ranging from Thai basil to "the Mix," a blend of garlic butter and lemon pepper. If the crawfish aren't enough to satisfy the hunger, go for a dozen Gulf oysters or a pound of littleneck clams drenched in Cajun seasoning.

Guidry's

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Guidry’s is serious about its crawfish — so much so that its logo includes a crawdaddy and it provides a special hand cleaner for diners to remove the spice from their fingers. Guzzle down drink specials with pounds of crawfish, served daily while in season, or go for the Guidry’s Special, which includes a pound of crawfish, a pound of shrimp, a half a pound of sausage, corn on the cob, and a potato for $65. Take a peek at the menu for Cajun options, like the creamy crawfish dip, fried alligator, and the stuffed catfish.

Calliope's Po-Boys

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Stemming from a po’ boy joint in Mississippi, Calliope’s West Bellfort locations serves up a plethora of the New Orleans-style sandwiches with diner’s choice of shrimp, crawfish, oysters, roast beef, fish, chicken, or even turkey burgers. Pick up a steaming bag of spicy garlic butter mudbugs for $1 off per pound between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily, or buy 5 pounds and get one free on Fridays and Saturdays.

Atchafalaya Crawfish

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This seasonal pop-up restaurant does one thing and it does it well — Cajun-style crawfish. The bugs are delivered live every single day from Louisiana, then boiled to perfection and sold for takeout only. (You can also buy live crawfish for boiling at home.) Check the weekly prices on Facebook, then call 832-770-9629 to order.

Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack

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Take a drive down to Kemah any time of year for Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack year-round crawfish. Dine in for its $5.99 per pound crawfish special from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and bring a small crew for the $120 boiled feast, which includes 3 pounds of crawfish, a pound of boiled shrimp, two clusters of snow crab, and one main live lobster served with corn and potatoes. Try some of its swamp snacks like smoked oysters, or Crazy Alan’s innovative dishes like the water moccasin snake burger, or the mudbug burger — a beef patty topped with crawfish.

Saigon House FM 1960

This Viet-Cajun staple specializes in a range of seafood, sauces, and spices. Choose from a Cajun seasoning-based sauce, the Thai Surprise’s basil and chiles, the H-Town Bang garlic butter, or the Saigon heat — a combination of citrus and onion. Spice level ranges from “sissy unicorn” and “fiery phoenix,” to “angry dragon.”

Crawfish Shack

Open Wednesday through Sunday, expect a line at this BYOB establishment, but it's well worth the wait. Crawfish Shack welcomes crustacean lovers of all ages, with an outdoor playground and indoor and outdoor food halls with enough room to get down and dirty in the mudbugs. Buy crawfish at $8.50 per pound and get $1 off per pound if you order 20 pounds or more. Looking for a variety? Go for the shack trio, which comes with 2 pounds of boiled crawfish, a half-pound of boiled shrimp, and one cluster of Dungeness crab, with corn and potatoes for $42.95. Check the Facebook page for updates on their stock, which can often sell out by around 7 p.m.

John E's Restaurant

With consistent, quality crawfish, a laidback vibe, and Louisiana-style dishes, this Crosby joint is worth the 30-minute drive from Houston. Prepare for the main event with the crispy fried calamari, and then choose your spice level for crawfish coming in at $8 per pound. Opt for tasty compliments like boiled shrimp, mushrooms, corn, or sausage, and end your meal with the warm, gooey bread pudding served with a praline sauce. In a hurry? John E’s offers drive-thru specials, which most recently offers 10 pounds of crawfish for $65.

Repka's Grocery

With a devout following that spans more than 30 years, this Brookshire grocery store is a down-home institution that serves up crawfish well-seasoned and boiled to devour on-site, or live and squirming for diners to take home and cook. Feast on down-home diner-style eats like patty melts and chicken-fried steak, and try their Cajun favorites like crawfish boudin, a flaky fried crawfish pie, fried alligator bites, and frog legs.

Phat Eatery

If you’re eagerly awaiting the return of Phat Eatery’s crawfish, you’re not alone. Typically starting in March, the restaurant serves up its critters Malaysian-style, with a sauce made from curry and coconut milk with various spice levels. Check their Facebook to see when their crawfish specials will return. It’s worth the wait.

Boil House

Whether in search of several pounds of live crawfish to cook at home or a big bag of freshly-boiled 'bugs drenched in spicy butter, this Heights spot offers diners the ability to order crawfish from the comfort of their cars at its drive-thru window. Open from Wednesday through Sunday, guests can also order sides like smoked sausage, corn, and boiled potatoes. For something sweet, opt for a daiquiri or king cake, available as whole cakes or in slices.

88 Boiling Crawfish & Seafood

This Westchase seafood shack is perfect for those who want to indulge in several pounds of mudbugs without spending too much cash. Go for the 88 Special, a medley of each of 88 Boiling Crawfish's three seasoning blends all tossed together in the same bag, and ask for it extra-spicy.

The Pit Room

A big plate of boiled crawfish and snow crab legs.
The Pit Room’s Fest, with three pounds of crawfish, two snow crab clusters, and a pound of shrimp.
The Pit Room/Facebook

Yes, this barbecue joint also has a kickin’ crawfish menu. Available on Thursdays and Fridays from 1 p.m.. to sellout, and weekends starting at noon when in season, guests can order by the pound for $12.95 each including corn, mushrooms, and half of an andouille sausage link. The Feast is an option for someone looking for a little bit of everything. It includes 3 pounds of crawfish, one pound of shrimp, two snow crab clusters, sides, and a full link of sausage, all for $90.

A big plate of boiled crawfish and snow crab legs.
The Pit Room’s Fest, with three pounds of crawfish, two snow crab clusters, and a pound of shrimp.
The Pit Room/Facebook

BB's Tex-Orleans

Serving thousands of pounds of crawfish across its 10 local outposts every year, BB’s Cafe has become a Houston favorite — so much so that even Houston-born singer Beyoncé and her husband, hip hop mogul Jay-Z, have stopped by for their crawfish fix. Here, the crawfish are soaked in a Cajun-style boil that injects an explosive punch of spicy flavor.

Ragin' Cajun

A staple for crawfish since the 1970s, Ragin’ Cajun gets particular about its seafood. Coming in at $8.99 per pound, the restaurant offers Acadian “rice field” pond-raised crawfish, which is then boiled in their signature Cajun-style boil using a blend of cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, and chili powder.

LA Crawfish

With lines of customers out the door, it’s easy to see why LA Crawfish has quickly expanded to multiple Houston locations. In addition to the boiled crawfish, seasoned with garlic butter, hot-and-sour sauce, or Cajun-style flavors, find crawfish pho and mudbug empanadas.

Turkey Leg Hut

Known for its robust smoked turkey legs topped with flavorful concoctions, Turkey Leg Hut also goes all-in on its crawfish. Now in season, the restaurant offers crawfish at $6 to $8 per pound through fishing captain Capt. Sin’s depending on the day or special — and that includes free corn, potatoes, sausage, and turkey necks for dine-in or and to-go. Check their Facebook page for updates on this week’s specials.

Crawfish & Noodles

This James Beard Award-nominated crawfish restaurant has earned national attention, and for good reason. It may be pricier than some other local spots, but the seasoning blend on this boil is perfectly balanced. Pair a few pounds of Viet-Cajun crawfish with an oxtail hotpot or a plate of noodles for a combination that could only exist in a city like Houston.

Crawfish Cafe

At this Alief favorite, sauce up your mudbugs with a variety of interesting and layered blends of flavor ranging from Thai basil to "the Mix," a blend of garlic butter and lemon pepper. If the crawfish aren't enough to satisfy the hunger, go for a dozen Gulf oysters or a pound of littleneck clams drenched in Cajun seasoning.

Guidry's

Guidry’s is serious about its crawfish — so much so that its logo includes a crawdaddy and it provides a special hand cleaner for diners to remove the spice from their fingers. Guzzle down drink specials with pounds of crawfish, served daily while in season, or go for the Guidry’s Special, which includes a pound of crawfish, a pound of shrimp, a half a pound of sausage, corn on the cob, and a potato for $65. Take a peek at the menu for Cajun options, like the creamy crawfish dip, fried alligator, and the stuffed catfish.

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Calliope's Po-Boys

Stemming from a po’ boy joint in Mississippi, Calliope’s West Bellfort locations serves up a plethora of the New Orleans-style sandwiches with diner’s choice of shrimp, crawfish, oysters, roast beef, fish, chicken, or even turkey burgers. Pick up a steaming bag of spicy garlic butter mudbugs for $1 off per pound between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily, or buy 5 pounds and get one free on Fridays and Saturdays.

Atchafalaya Crawfish

This seasonal pop-up restaurant does one thing and it does it well — Cajun-style crawfish. The bugs are delivered live every single day from Louisiana, then boiled to perfection and sold for takeout only. (You can also buy live crawfish for boiling at home.) Check the weekly prices on Facebook, then call 832-770-9629 to order.

Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack

Take a drive down to Kemah any time of year for Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack year-round crawfish. Dine in for its $5.99 per pound crawfish special from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and bring a small crew for the $120 boiled feast, which includes 3 pounds of crawfish, a pound of boiled shrimp, two clusters of snow crab, and one main live lobster served with corn and potatoes. Try some of its swamp snacks like smoked oysters, or Crazy Alan’s innovative dishes like the water moccasin snake burger, or the mudbug burger — a beef patty topped with crawfish.

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