New Orleans Crawfish Heat Index: The Best Spots for Belly Suckin' and Tail Slurpin'

Kristopher Neild

By , Local Expert, New Orleans
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Just around the time that Lent approaches, New Orleanians can sense that the season of the crawfish is upon them. The unique aroma of a crawfish boil tends to linger over New Orleans for the period between March-June, when just about every restaurant is serving up their rendition of a crawfish boil. Belly suckers and tail slurpers rejoice! 

Many joints use the famed Zatarain's seasoning when conducting a boil, but others concoct their own special blend of spices in order to stand out from the crowd. Next is the matter of what else to throw in the pot - corn and potatoes are the staples. Others have been known to toss in...  Read more »

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    Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar & Restaurant

    Corn, Potatoes and deliciously seasoned crawfish make up a Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar boil. These go down Friday and Sunday in season.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out their weekly specials menu - you can convince yourself to come here every day of the week."

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    Chartres House Cafe

    Chartes House makes this "best crawfish" list due to their "crawfish cakes" - much like crab cakes - covered with creamy crawfish sauce.

    Local Expert Tip: "A good spot to check out if you want to eat in the Quarter and don't want to exasperate your funds. "

  • 3

    Deanies Seafood

    Deanie's is known for throwing all-you-can-eat crawfish boils throughout the springtime.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't try to take down a seafood platter yourself, you will turn into a crustacean. Bring a friend or four. "

  • 4

    Mid-City Yacht Club

    • Cuisine: Crawfish
    • Neighborhood: Mid-city

    Mid-City Yacht Club hosts $6/plate boils during the craw season.

    Local Expert Tip: "Movie nights are a blast at this spot."

  • 5

    Ernst Cafe

    Ernst Cafe has "Crawfish Friday", where you can get $5 craw trays and discounted Abita beer.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come to Ernst during Mardi Gras, as they have a super festive "Bacchus Bash". "

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    Bon Ton Cafe

    Bon Ton Cafe is on this list for their crawfish etouffee. The dish is massive, succulent and will turn you into a bona fide crawfish addict.

    Local Expert Tip: "While the place always seems packed, the waits are never absurdly long (and are often shorter than what you're told by the host). "

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    Grand Isle Restaurant

    Grand Isle's crawfish weighing scale is biased downwards - order two pounds and prepare to get four.

    Local Expert Tip: "I came here for the first time when Manning's was too crowded - now I come here first. "

  • 8

    Gazebo Cafe

    Gazebo Cafe allows you to combo authentic New Orleans live jazz with an overflowing basket of mud bug.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come right around noon on a weekend to get a great seat near the music. Plan on staying for at least an hour. "

  • 9

    Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar

    Cooter Brown's has perfect long, group-seating type tables which are perfect for crawfish eating amongst friends.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go to Cooter's if you don't want to have to change out of your cut-off tank top and basketball shorts."

  • 10

    Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

    Superior Seafood offers dine-in and take-out boiled crawfish in season.

    Local Expert Tip: "Every meal at Superior Seafood needs to be prefaced by a sampling of the the char-grilled oysters. They are loaded with butter and parmesan/romano cheeses and are absolutely to die for."



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