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Where to Eat the Best Crawfish in Houston

Sucking the heads, while recommended, is entirely optional

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Crawfish from The Boot.
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In late February, after a massive freeze engulfed much of Texas and parts of Louisiana as far west as Baton Rouge, mudbug fans were worried that the weather might endanger the region’s crawfish season, which was just getting started. The good news is that the crustaceans have bounced back, even if the season was delayed by a few weeks.

Thanks to the city’s cultural diversity, Houston might be the best place in the world to eat them right now. From the city’s signature Viet-Cajun boils to Malaysian curry mudbugs to classic Louisiana-style, these 13 restaurants serve the city’s finest crawfish.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Saigon House

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3645 FM 1960
Houston, TX 77068
(713) 529-1100
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Viet-Cajun crawfish fans were saddened when the Midtown location of Saigon House closed in 2019, but dry those tears, because Chef Tony J. Nguyen’s FM 1960 location has been up and running since last summer. Find Nguyen’s trademark H-Town Bang bugs, made with cayenne pepper, garlic, butter, and cilantro, as well as boiled blue crab, Swangin’ catfish and SLAB fried rice.

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H-Town Bang-style crawfish at Saigon House
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2. The Boot

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1206 W 20th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 869-2668
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This hangout, popular with Louisiana State University and Saints fans, serves up fresh Cajun crawfish daily, and boasts a large, shady, oak-lines yard where diners can feel free to get their hands dirty peeling the shells. Call ahead for market pricing and to make sure they haven’t sold out.

3. Phat Eatery

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23119 Colonial Pkwy suite b-2
Katy, TX 77449
(832) 913-6382
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Phat Eatery serves up Malaysian-style crawfish, with a sauce made from curry and coconut milk with a touch of spice. Order online and choose your heat level.

4. Boil House

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606 E 11th St
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 880-3999
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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 allows diners to order crawfish from the comfort of their cars at its drive-thru window.

5. 88 Boiling Crawfish & Seafood

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1910 Wilcrest Dr
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 789-8288

This Westchase seafood shack is perfect for those that 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.

6. BB's Cafe

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2710 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-4499
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In Houston, BB’s Café is synonymous with crawfish each season as it serves thousands of pounds across its ten local outposts every year. Here, the crawfish are soaked in a Cajun-style boil that injects an explosive punch of spicy flavor.

7. The Pit Room

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1201 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77006
(281) 888-1929
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Yes, this barbecue joint also has a kickin’ crawfish menu, available on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays when in season. Order by the pound ($9.95 each), or go for The Feast, which includes three pounds of crawfish, 1 bound of shrimp, two snow crab clusters, plus sides like corn and potatoes and an andouille sausage, all for $58.

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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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8. LA Crawfish

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3957 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77027
(832) 767-1533
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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.

9. Crawfish & Noodles

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11360 Bellaire Blvd Ste 990
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 988-8098
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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, and being able to pair a few pounds of Viet-Cajun crawfish with oxtail hotpot or a plate of noodles is a combination that could only exist in a city like Houston.

10. Wild Cajun

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13602 Bellaire Blvd Ste A2
Houston, TX 77083
(281) 564-6500
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This beloved Bellaire Boulevard crawfish shop is known for its spicy, garlic-butter-drenched boils that are always satisfying, but look deeper on the menu for more crawfish excellence. The crawfish etouffee is solid, and the crawfish egg rolls are an absolute must.

11. Crawfish Cafe

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11209 Bellaire Blvd Ste C-36
Houston, TX 77072
(281) 575-1746
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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 'bugs aren't enough to satisfy the hunger, go for a dozen Gulf oysters or a pound of littleneck clams drenched in Cajun seasoning.

12. Calliope's Po-Boys

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(713) 773-2099

Stemming from a po-boy joint in Mississippi, Calliope’s serves up a plethora of po-boys — shrimp, crawfish and oyster — in their West Bellfort location. Stop by for happy hour from Mondays to Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and pick up a steaming bag of the spicy garlic butter mudbugs along with an ice cold beer.

13. Atchafalaya Crawfish

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2202 N Main St
Pearland, TX 77581
(832) 770-9629

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.

1. Saigon House

3645 FM 1960, Houston, TX 77068
A hand holding three whole crawfish drenched in sauce
H-Town Bang-style crawfish at Saigon House
Saigon House/Facebook

Viet-Cajun crawfish fans were saddened when the Midtown location of Saigon House closed in 2019, but dry those tears, because Chef Tony J. Nguyen’s FM 1960 location has been up and running since last summer. Find Nguyen’s trademark H-Town Bang bugs, made with cayenne pepper, garlic, butter, and cilantro, as well as boiled blue crab, Swangin’ catfish and SLAB fried rice.

3645 FM 1960
Houston, TX 77068

2. The Boot

1206 W 20th St, Houston, TX 77008

This hangout, popular with Louisiana State University and Saints fans, serves up fresh Cajun crawfish daily, and boasts a large, shady, oak-lines yard where diners can feel free to get their hands dirty peeling the shells. Call ahead for market pricing and to make sure they haven’t sold out.

1206 W 20th St
Houston, TX 77008

3. Phat Eatery

23119 Colonial Pkwy suite b-2, Katy, TX 77449

Phat Eatery serves up Malaysian-style crawfish, with a sauce made from curry and coconut milk with a touch of spice. Order online and choose your heat level.

23119 Colonial Pkwy suite b-2
Katy, TX 77449

4. Boil House

606 E 11th St, Houston, TX 77008

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 allows diners to order crawfish from the comfort of their cars at its drive-thru window.

606 E 11th St
Houston, TX 77008

5. 88 Boiling Crawfish & Seafood

1910 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77042

This Westchase seafood shack is perfect for those that 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.

1910 Wilcrest Dr
Houston, TX 77042

6. BB's Cafe

2710 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

In Houston, BB’s Café is synonymous with crawfish each season as it serves thousands of pounds across its ten local outposts every year. Here, the crawfish are soaked in a Cajun-style boil that injects an explosive punch of spicy flavor.

2710 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

7. The Pit Room

1201 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006
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 Fridays, Saturday and Sundays when in season. Order by the pound ($9.95 each), or go for The Feast, which includes three pounds of crawfish, 1 bound of shrimp, two snow crab clusters, plus sides like corn and potatoes and an andouille sausage, all for $58.

1201 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77006

8. LA Crawfish

3957 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77027

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.

3957 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77027

9. Crawfish & Noodles

11360 Bellaire Blvd Ste 990, Houston, TX 77072

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, and being able to pair a few pounds of Viet-Cajun crawfish with oxtail hotpot or a plate of noodles is a combination that could only exist in a city like Houston.

11360 Bellaire Blvd Ste 990
Houston, TX 77072

10. Wild Cajun

13602 Bellaire Blvd Ste A2, Houston, TX 77083

This beloved Bellaire Boulevard crawfish shop is known for its spicy, garlic-butter-drenched boils that are always satisfying, but look deeper on the menu for more crawfish excellence. The crawfish etouffee is solid, and the crawfish egg rolls are an absolute must.

13602 Bellaire Blvd Ste A2
Houston, TX 77083

11. Crawfish Cafe

11209 Bellaire Blvd Ste C-36, Houston, TX 77072

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 'bugs aren't enough to satisfy the hunger, go for a dozen Gulf oysters or a pound of littleneck clams drenched in Cajun seasoning.

11209 Bellaire Blvd Ste C-36
Houston, TX 77072

12. Calliope's Po-Boys

7590 W Bellfort St, Texas 77071

Stemming from a po-boy joint in Mississippi, Calliope’s serves up a plethora of po-boys — shrimp, crawfish and oyster — in their West Bellfort location. Stop by for happy hour from Mondays to Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and pick up a steaming bag of the spicy garlic butter mudbugs along with an ice cold beer.

13. Atchafalaya Crawfish

2202 N Main St, Pearland, TX 77581

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.

2202 N Main St
Pearland, TX 77581

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