New Orleans Crawfish Heat Index: The Best Spots for Belly Suckin' and Tail Slurpin'
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 »
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."
- Cuisine: American, Cajun, Crawfish, Creole
- Average Main Course Price: $13
- Neighborhood: French Quarter
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. "
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. "
- 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."
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". "
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). "
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. "
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. "
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."
- Cuisine: Seafood
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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