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Where To Eat Houston’s Finest Crawfish

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Keep it classic Cajun, or add a little Vietnamese flair
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Crawdads, freshwater lobsters, mudbugs -- whatever you call them, the finger lickin’ goodness of freshly-boiled crawfish is undeniably a Houston staple in the Spring. The season is decidedly short, but there’s still plenty of time to put on your bib and indulge in some of Houston’s spiciest, juiciest crawfish before it’s over.

H-Town has plenty of spots for killer crawfish, but these 10 are a great place to start. If your favorite crawfish shack was left off the list, sound off in the comments.

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Crawfish & Noodles

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James Beard-nominated chef Trong Nguyen’s Asiatown restaurant is one of the OGs of Houston’s Viet-Cajun crawfish scene. Enjoy the fan favorite garlic butter crawfish, or the equally excellent “gingergrass” ‘bugs tossed in ginger and fresh lemongrass.

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LA Crawfish

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With lines of customers out the door, it’s easy to see why LA Crawfish has quickly expanded with multiple Houston locations. The restaurant offers innovative crawfish creations like crawfish pho and cheesy mudbug empanadas in addition to perfectly-seasoned crawfish tossed in hot and sour sauce, Cajun-style seasoning, and garlic butter.

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BB's Cafe

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BB’s Café is synonymous with crawfish each season as it serves thousands of pounds to hungry Houstonians each year. The crawfish are soaked in a spicy boil that infuses each crawfish with a punch of Cajun flavor. The New Orleans-style crawfish etouffee is an equally excellent way to enjoy this freshwater crustacean.

Wild Cajun Crawfish

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A perfect fusion of Vietnamese-style crawfish and classic Cajun, the flavors at Wild Cajun will satisfy pretty much anyone’s preferences. Order crawfish, crab, lobster, and shrimp by the pound, and pair with fried alligator, crawfish eggrolls, and excellent Cajun-style wings.

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Moon Tower Inn

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This spot won’t start serving mudbugs until sometime in mid-March, but it’s an essential Space City crawfish destination. The Saturday boils inspire ridiculously lengthy lines, thanks to all-you-can-eat crawfish that’s perfectly spiced.

Boil House

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This Heights institution offers up both live crawfish to cook at home and giant bags full of piping hot cooked ‘bugs drenched in spicy butter. The best part, though? Being able to order either without having to get out of the car.

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Crawfish Cafe

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At this Alief favorite, crawfish are sauced with a variety of interesting and layered blends of flavor, rnaging from Thai basil to “The Mix,” a blend of garlic butter and lemon pepper. Pair these crawfish with a dozen Gulf oysters or a plate of littleneck clams drenched in cajun seasoning.

Calliope's Seafood & Poboys

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Stemming from a po-boy joint in Mississippi, Calliope serves up a plethora of po-boys — shrimp, crawfish and oyster — in its 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.

88 Boiling Crawfish & Seafood Restaurant

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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.

Cajun Kitchen

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This Asiatown eatery features Viet-Cajun and Thai-influenced crawfish, along with a classic Cajun boil. There’s also an option to blend flavors, making the Thai basil and garlic butter an excellent departure from the typical Houston crawfish.

Atchafalaya Crawfish

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In Pearland with a hankering for freshly-boiled crawfish? Head to the appropriately-named Atchafalaya Crawfish on Main. The boil is spicy enough for Lousianans to appreciate, the prices are reasonable, and they don’t fuss up an already-perfect formula with extra accoutrements.

Crawfish & Noodles

James Beard-nominated chef Trong Nguyen’s Asiatown restaurant is one of the OGs of Houston’s Viet-Cajun crawfish scene. Enjoy the fan favorite garlic butter crawfish, or the equally excellent “gingergrass” ‘bugs tossed in ginger and fresh lemongrass.

Ellie Sharp/EHOU

LA Crawfish

With lines of customers out the door, it’s easy to see why LA Crawfish has quickly expanded with multiple Houston locations. The restaurant offers innovative crawfish creations like crawfish pho and cheesy mudbug empanadas in addition to perfectly-seasoned crawfish tossed in hot and sour sauce, Cajun-style seasoning, and garlic butter.

Ellie Sharp/EHOU

BB's Cafe

BB’s Café is synonymous with crawfish each season as it serves thousands of pounds to hungry Houstonians each year. The crawfish are soaked in a spicy boil that infuses each crawfish with a punch of Cajun flavor. The New Orleans-style crawfish etouffee is an equally excellent way to enjoy this freshwater crustacean.

Wild Cajun Crawfish

A perfect fusion of Vietnamese-style crawfish and classic Cajun, the flavors at Wild Cajun will satisfy pretty much anyone’s preferences. Order crawfish, crab, lobster, and shrimp by the pound, and pair with fried alligator, crawfish eggrolls, and excellent Cajun-style wings.

Ellie Sharp/EHOU

Moon Tower Inn

This spot won’t start serving mudbugs until sometime in mid-March, but it’s an essential Space City crawfish destination. The Saturday boils inspire ridiculously lengthy lines, thanks to all-you-can-eat crawfish that’s perfectly spiced.

Boil House

This Heights institution offers up both live crawfish to cook at home and giant bags full of piping hot cooked ‘bugs drenched in spicy butter. The best part, though? Being able to order either without having to get out of the car.

Boil House/Facebook

Crawfish Cafe

At this Alief favorite, crawfish are sauced with a variety of interesting and layered blends of flavor, rnaging from Thai basil to “The Mix,” a blend of garlic butter and lemon pepper. Pair these crawfish with a dozen Gulf oysters or a plate of littleneck clams drenched in cajun seasoning.

Calliope's Seafood & Poboys

Stemming from a po-boy joint in Mississippi, Calliope serves up a plethora of po-boys — shrimp, crawfish and oyster — in its 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.

88 Boiling Crawfish & Seafood Restaurant

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.

Cajun Kitchen

This Asiatown eatery features Viet-Cajun and Thai-influenced crawfish, along with a classic Cajun boil. There’s also an option to blend flavors, making the Thai basil and garlic butter an excellent departure from the typical Houston crawfish.

Atchafalaya Crawfish

In Pearland with a hankering for freshly-boiled crawfish? Head to the appropriately-named Atchafalaya Crawfish on Main. The boil is spicy enough for Lousianans to appreciate, the prices are reasonable, and they don’t fuss up an already-perfect formula with extra accoutrements.

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