If you’re a native Cajun, you know the familiar roar of the propane burner, the smell of crawfish boil seasoning wafting through the air and taste of delicious, freshly boiled crawfish. You’re very aware of when “Crawfish season” wraps up and around this time of year, you’ve got the envie for some crawfish. Yeah, I know the jealousy that sets in when you see your facebook friends posting pictures of large, delicious crawfish and there’s a feeling in your gut – you miss home. You want to be transported back there. Immediately. You won’t be happy until you have some hot, boiled crawfish and an ice cold beer.
Gee, how did I know? I know because I’ve been there. While I’m lucky to live in Atlanta, where there are a number of transplants from Cajun country, finding good boiled crawfish outside of South Louisiana can be a challenge.
To help you get your crawfish fix, I surveyed bonafide Cajuns from around the country and found some great suggestions on where to find crawfish all around the US. If you know of a spot that I missed, please email me and let me know. I’ll update this post as often as necessary.
Adele’s on Canton – this is my neighborhood Cajun restaurant and I highly recommend not only their boiled crawfish, but also their etouffee’ and beignets. They’ve been known to have all you can eat boiled crawfish on weekends – follow them on Facebook to be notified of any specials. They also have a crawfish eating contest in early June each y ear.
1169 Canton Street | Roswell, GA | 30075 | 770-594-0655
Boudreaux’s Cafe’ Acadiana – Boudreaux’s has boiled and live crawfish for sale. Call them for more info
2863 Peachtree Ind Blvd | Duluth, GA | 30096 | 770-814-8388
Henry’s Louisiana Grill – Henry’s hosts crawfish boils on Wednesday evenings from 5PM – 10PM. I highly recommend reservations.
4835 N. Main Street | Historic Downtown Acworth, GA | 770-966-1515
Shoal Creek Saloon “Austin’s Cajun Headquarters” – where you can also watch the Saints every Sunday during football season
909 N. Lamar | Austin, Texas | 78703 | (512) 474-0805
Stuffed Cajun Meat Market – you can order live crawfish for your own boil, but they don’t appear to offer boiled crawfish for pickup
2 locations in the Austin area
12226 RR 620 N | Austin, TX | 78750 | (512) 918-1600
5207 Brodie Lane #125 | Sunset Valley, TX | 78745
Quality Seafood – Quality Seafood features “Crawfish Thursdays” – they start serving at 5pm, call for prices. They serve until they run out, so get there early!
5621 Airport Blvd | Austin, TX | 78751 | (512)-407-9240
11660 Westheimer Rd #101 |Houston, TX | 77077 | (281) 496-9788
Boil house – you can buy live or boiled crawfish – they’ve often sell out, so get there early and/or call ahead to make sure they’ve still got some before you head over there
606 E 11Th St. | Houston, Tx 77088 | S : 713.880.3999
1206 W. 20th Street | Houston, TX | 77008 | (713) 869-BOOT
Tasty Tails – Tasty Tails has locations in both Plano & Richardson, see below for details
Richardson Location | 100 S. Central Expressway Ste 21 |Dallas, TX | (214) 377-8603
Plano Location | 240 Legacy Dr |Plano, TX | (972) 517-7868
5149 Normandy Blvd | Jacksonville FL | (904) 783-6666
Kansas City, MO
Secret Order of Crawdaddies “We’re a group of guys that get together, have some fun and put on a party for charity.” – Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 6:00pm – 11:00pm
St Pius X Church | 5500 Woodson (55th and Woodson, 2 blocks west of Nall St) | Mission, KS
Jazz Louisiana Kitchen (2 Kansas City locations)
1823 West 39th Street | Kansas City, MO | (816) 531-5556
1859 Village West Parkway | Kansas City, KS | (913) 328-0003
496 North Watkins St. | Memphis, TN | 38104 | (901)-530-6767
Crawfish Haven Seafood – they offer boiled crawfish to go. There are some outdoor picnic tables where you can eat there if the weather is cooperating , but this is not a full service restaurant.
2100 Goodman Road West | Horn Lake, MS | 38637 | (662) 470-7113
Ellis Seafood – offers boiled crawfish for takeout
1379 Getwell Rd | Memphis, TN | 38111 | (901) 505-2895
Tapalaya (my friend from middle + high school works there, so you know it must be delicious) 28 NE 28th Ave. | Portland, OR | 97232 | (503) 232-6652