Crawfish season: 21 popular boiled crawfish spots to get your fill

There's never a shortage of options for a delicious crawfish boil.

As soon as crawfish season starts in New Orleans, questions about the best places to buy start crawling on social media.

Honestly, narrowing down a list of places for boiled crawfish in New Orleans is nearly impossible — even harder than king cake.

Here’s the good news: So many local seafood spots are excellent. There’s never a shortage of options for delicious boiled crawfish.

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This season even brings crawfish lovers at least four new spots to dig in.

NOLA Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue recently opened on Franklin Avenue in Gentilly. In Mid-City, Hieux Boil Seafood House opens in the spot formerly occupied by Vietnamese restaurant Namese on Tulane Avenue.

Bon Temps Boulet’s Seafood takes over operations at Bevi Seafood’s former Metairie location, and Big EZ Seafood and Oyster will soon open doors in Kenner.

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Last year, crawfish season clawed its way through the start of the pandemic. Many crawfish suppliers found ways to survive the new coronavirus climate by ramping up social distancing measures and finding creative ways to make takeout more convenient.

This year, cold weather brought a slower start to crawfish season, but many suppliers say they’re optimistic it will pick up steam.

Wondering where to buy those mudbugs? We gathered a helping of popular boiled seafood spots around the New Orleans area.

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NOLA Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue

Chris “Shaggy” Davis, known as the NOLA Crawfish King, sets up shop at a new permanent brick-and-mortar location in Gentilly. For two decades, Davis has boiled for festivals and catered events. Now, his Franklin Avenue spot serves up boiled seafood and barbecue flavors.


Hieux Boil Seafood House

Owner Hieu Doan unleashes his Viet-Cajun crawfish at a second Boil Seafood House location on Tulane Avenue in Mid-City. Doan’s approach integrates the New Orleans style with the Houston Viet-Cajun style that clawed its way to popularity in the city around 2018.


Bon Temps Boulet’s Seafood

You might have already tasted crawfish from new Metairie restaurant Bon Temps Boulet’s Seafood without even realizing it. Owner Steven Boulet managed operations at the former Bevi Seafood’s Metairie location for nearly a year before opening his own spot at the same location.

While crawfish is their specialty, Bon Temps Boulet’s Seafood also serves smoked fried wings, wagyu brisket, po-boys and desserts. Boulet also keeps it fun with creative beverages to pair with boiled seafood like peanut butter and jelly beer and interesting craft daiquiris.


Seither’s Seafood

Local crawfish expert Jason Seither spent more than a decade perfecting his process. Seither, who owns one of the best-known seafood restaurants in Harahan, is back serving crawfish from Seither’s Seafood’s parking lot and outside Zuppardo’s Family Supermarket in Metairie.

Seither’s Seafood has also turned its oyster shell parking lot into a full-on outdoor dining space with a stage for local homegrown live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Seither’s also a local pioneer of cool add-ins, so you’ll find all the yummy goodies in the boil. Follow Jason Seither’s Facebook page to keep up with his offerings and his Seither’s Seafood Facebook page.

 


Frankie & Johnny’s

Frankie & Johnny’s offers curbside pick-up for boiled crawfish served piping hot to your car. The spot also offers delivery through D’livery NOLA, and you can even catch a Friday night fish fry.


Schaefer’s Seafood

Get your crawfish fix at this beloved Bucktown seafood spot near the Lake. Fans credit Schaefer’s Seafood for delivering good quality, having the right amount of flavor and offering pretty good prices.

The seafood spot offers take-out, but the spot will only let in five customers at a time to help with social distancing efforts. It’s also a good idea to bring cash when visiting Schaefer’s. If you pay in cash, you can usually get the crawfish at a slightly cheaper price per pound.


Bevi Seafood Co.

You know you’ve made it when you get a shout-out from “The Simpsons.” Bevi Seafood Co. keeps boiling strong each season at the corner of Carrollton Avenue and Bienville Street.

The Mid-City crawfish-slinging spot also cranks out interesting craft daiquiris. One new flavor on the menu this season is mango/habanero margarita People also like sourcing this neighborhood seafood market for their live sacks, too. Calling for pre-orders is suggested.

 

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Clesi’s Restaurant

Cure your crawfish cravings with a few pounds from the “renegade master boiler.” Clesi’s Restaurant & Catering offers curbside and delivery service for customers who prefer their crawfish to go. Customers can call-in orders or order from their cars at the pick-up tent on Bienville Street. Delivery options are offered through the website, Waitr, Uber Eats and d’Livery NOLA.


J & J Seafood

For decades, J & J Seafood has attracted crawfish lovers from across the city to their little seafood cottage in Gretna. We probably won’t ever find out the Jackson brothers’ seasoning secret. Whatever it is, the popular West Bank spot on Franklin Avenue reels folks in for crawfish, turkey necks and pigs feet.


Big EZ Seafood

Since the Viet-Cajun craze surfaced in New Orleans, this West Bank seafood spot has gotten a lot of attention. At Big EZ Seafood, you’ll find the Cali-style crawfish tossed in garlic buttery flavors. This Gretna spot plans to open a second location in Kenner in the near future.


North Broad Seafood

North Broad Seafood, also known as “the Blue Store,” is a cornerstone in the Seventh Ward for grab-and-go meals. Since the pandemic, the spot has implemented social distancing measures. Customers can call in crawfish orders and provide a name, and your order will be ready at the register.

 


Today’s Ketch Seafood and Restaurant

During the pandemic, this mainstay in Chalmette launched an app and online ordering site to help facilitate orders for kitchen items and boiled crawfish.

Today’s Ketch Seafood and Restaurant has been locally owned and operated for more than 30 years. If you want flavorful seafood that’s not too spicy, here’s your pick. Plus, you can get your hands on lots of cooked items and other accompaniments like boiled mushrooms, smoked sausage and garlic.

 


Deanie’s Seafood

The original Deanie’s Restaurant and Seafood Market has Bucktown staple for more than 50 years. In 2020, the Chifici family marked 38 years as owners and operators of Deanie’s, known for serving up heaping fried seafood platters and boiled seafood.

Deanie’s Seafood Uptown and Bucktown locations are open for dine-in, takeout or delivery.


Captain Sid’s Seafood

The Bucktown staple has boiled crawfish available for pick-up — while practicing social distancing. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.


Zimmer’s Seafood

Zimmer’s Seafood in Gentilly has one of the best reputations for delicious boiled crawfish, really any seafood, anywhere. The neighborhood institution has served customers for nearly 40 years. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.


Cajun Seafood

Since the original South Broad location opened more than 20 years ago, Cajun Seafood has attracted locals to what they call the “best smelling corner in the city.” The Nguyen family boils such spicy, flavorful crawfish that you’ll often find a line extending out the door of the popular seafood market. But it’s well worth the wait. There are also locations in Treme, Downtown and New Orleans East.


Boil Seafood House

The Magazine Street restaurant is known for specializing in the Viet-Cajun style of crawfish. Boil Seafood House clawed its way onto Magazine Street in 2018, hoping to give Vietnamese-style boiled crawfish its most prominent platform.

Owner Hieu Doan says his approach is integrating the New Orleans style with the Houston Viet-Cajun style to meet the local demand for the dish. Customers can select from four sauces: Cajun, garlic butter, Caribbean or Boil House. Guests can also customize how spicy they want their sauce. In addition to crawfish, Boil Seafood House also offers other tossed options including several varieties of crab, shrimp, clams, mussels and lobster.

 


Castnet Seafood

Is Castnet Seafood the king of New Orleans East? So many people credit this Little Woods market for some of the city’s best crawfish — both boiled and live. The crawfish perfectly crawls down that middle ground: Not too spicy and not too bland.

Since the pandemic, Castnet Seafood has implemented coronavirus safety protocols with an intercom system to announce orders while customers wait in their cars. They’ve also put in place other measures to help with social distancing for folks waiting in line.


Bayou Beer Garden/Bayou Wine Garden

Enjoy perfectly seasoned crawfish and drinks with a vibe. You can get your fill of crawfish with all the fixings every Thursday through Sunday at these popular Mid-City sister bars Bayou Beer Garden and Bayou Wine Garden.

The boil starts at 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays until sold out.

Bayou Beer Garden also announced it will serve fish and chips on Lenten Fridays.

 

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Salvo’s Seafood

For more than 30 years, this family-owned restaurant has offered boiled seafood, fried seafood and other specialty items in Belle Chasse. Salvo’s Seafood offers curbside pick-up for live and hot boiled crawfish as a to-go option for people who are not comfortable going inside. Customers are encouraged to call-in orders in advance and park in a parking spot while waiting.


Big Fisherman Seafood

Big Fisherman Seafood boils for take-out only, but the Magazine Street seafood market is next to a supermarket and bars. Grab a few pounds and head to “The Fly” at Audubon Park for crawfish with a great view.

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