Republished from VisitHouston.com
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 by Austin Dressmen
It’s that time of year again! Crawfish season is back in Houston once again, this time a month early due to warmer weather in the region this past November and December. We pulled together a list of the 12 mudbug staples in Houston to help you navigate this delicious time of year. Whether you prefer Vietnamese or Cajun style boils, Htown has them all!
(Pro Tip: If you don’t know the proper way to eat crayfish, need beer pairings, or want a great recipe, check out our Crawfish Season in Houston page.)
Brennan’s of Houston Courtyard Social featuring Crawfish
BRENNAN’S OF HOUSTON
Chef Danny Trace shares his acclaimed Texas Creole Crawfish boil recipe here. But if you’re looking to sit down at his iconic Midtown restaurant, be sure to sign up for one of his highly attended boils in the restaurant’s courtyard.
Montrose favorite BB’s Cajun Café offers a menu of Texas Gulf Coast and New Orleans-inspired favorites. The café serves buckets of juicy Cajun-style crawfish in addition to 15 different po’boy varieties and salads. Wash it all down with a wide selection of frozen daiquiris and margaritas. And best of all, BB’s Montrose location is open 24 hours!
The recently opened Durham House has been all the buzz along Houston’s Washington Ave. culinary corridor. Chef Mike McElroy’s spicy savory crawfish entrée promises to please. The restaurant also offers no-fuss creole cuisine like gumbo, oysters, and gulf grouper.
Laissez les bon temps rouler! This one-stop-shop of a Cajun restaurant pulls out all the creole cuisine stops. Ragin’ Cajun serves up a steaming bucket of spicy crawfish served with potatoes and corn on the cob. The local Houston chain offers a wide variety of other Cajun favorites including their famous gulf-caught crab and shrimp gumbo. Don’t forget the NOLA beignets for dessert!
At Memorial’s 88 Boiling Crawfish & Seafood you’ll definitely want to go for the “88 Special” – a seasoning mix of lemon pepper and Cajun spices all drenched in garlic butter. Get one boiled potato and corn on the cob with every 2-pound order.
Boudreaux’s puts a new twist on an old favorite. “Kitchen Recipe” crawfish are boiled alongside tart lemon and orange slices, along with garlic, butter, and onions. Boudreaux’s also offers a Thai Basil boil variation for those looking for an Asian-inspired take. Don’t want to peel? Try a heaping plate of dirty rice and crawfish étouffée.
Hungry for crawfish but want something more than the traditional boil? Head to Danton’s for crawfish bisque, sautéed crawfish tails, fried crawfish tails, crawfish enchiladas, crawfish magnifique, crawfish étouffée, and crawfish po’ boys. Chef Danton Nix also serves his own flavorful crawdad boil to compliment the different menu options.
Boil House is all about authentic Louisiana mudbugs. Tucked away in the historic Heights neighborhood, the small restaurant offers little more than a friendly place to sit down for a bountiful bucket of crawfish. That being said, you’ll also find Cajun classics like homemade sausage, Boudin empanadas, and jalapeno pecan pies on the menu. Boil House offers a carry out service and catering.
The creole jewel of Houston’s EADO neighborhood, The Cajun Stop brings the heart of Louisianan cuisine. Crawfish, shrimp and crab legs are all boiled to perfection while Cajun and Mardi Gras music plays throughout. Cajun Stop’s po’boys have also been named the best in Houston each year since 2009 by Houston Press.
You may know Underbelly for Chef Chris Shepherd’s acclaimed menu of delicious meats and fresh fish. But have you tried his famous Vietnamese crawfish boil? The James Beard Award-winning chef even visited Vietnam to fine-tune his recipe – a sweet yet spicy blend of Asian and Cajun spices. Head in to Underbelly to witness a Houston culinary legend at work.
Head to Chinatown for some of the best pairings of Cajun and Vietnamese crawfish dishes. Just off Bellaire Boulevard, this local favorite offers one of the spiciest crawfish boils in town. Try the fried soft shell crab and seafood noodles for an alternate to the mudbugs. During crawfish season, the restaurant can be very crowded, be sure to call ahead for reservations if in doubt.
LA Crawfish offers the traditional Cajun boil. But you don’t want to miss their amazing Crawfish Pho selection. Chose your heat level, style, and then dig in! The cayenne and sweet garlic butter pair perfectly for an unforgettable crawdad experience. You won’t have to go far to find LA Crawfish, the Houston chain has locations scattered throughout town.