Whether you are a New Orleans native or a first-time visitor, Spring in NOLA means one thing: boiled crawfish. Get ready to boil, peel, and devour this delicious Louisiana favorite, and check out our guide to get the best of the best.
Places to get ‘em
Frankie and Johnny’s
This local favorite is known for their hot and spicy, award-winning crawfish. Venture uptown to this casual, family-friendly restaurant.
If you’re looking to host your own boil but intimidated by doing the actual boiling, Big Fisherman’s got all the fixin’s. Located on Magazine Street, this spot can give you all the crawfish, corn, and potatoes you need for your next gathering or picnic.
A favorite spot for watching the Saints in the Fall, Cooter Browns offers delicious boiled crawfish come spring. For generations, Cooter Brown’s has been an uptown destination.
With scents of boiling seafood wafting through the air, Cajun Seafood is sure to give you a treat. With multiple locations in the New Orleans metro area, stop by for a heaping portion of delicious crawfish to go.
For a fancier occasion, check out Superior Seafood, located along the famous St. Charles Avenue. With on-site and catering options, Superior can fulfill all of your crawfish needs.
Melba’s Old School Poboys
This hub is full of soul food, but you can’t pass up their crawfish for just $3.57 a pound.
Bevi Seafood Co.
Why get just crawfish when you can have a seafood boil? Their boil includes crawfish, crabs, oysters and shrimp.
Clesi’s Crawfish and Catering
The name says it all… swing by Clesi’s to enjoy some fresh boiled crawfish, or call them to come cook for you!
BOIL Seafood House
Try Vietnamese style crawfish loaded with garlic butter at BOIL on popular Magazine Street.
Get some fresh air and enjoy boiled crawfish on Lake Pontchartrain at Blue Crab. Wash them down with a frozen cocktail!
Where to host your own
There is truly nothing like devouring crawfish on a warm and sunny NOLA day...but where? Whether you’re looking to throw a big party or just have a picnic for yourself a couple of friends, these tried-and-true spots will never fail you.
Along the bank of the mighty Mississippi, the Fly is a grassy area perfect for relaxing and rejoicing. Hang out ‘til the sunsets for a truly remarkable view.
Bayou St. John
A picnic along the bayou is sure to make you feel like a true New Orleanian. For the ultimate experience, be sure to go to Bayou Boogaloo, a free festival with live music, food (crawfish) and boats in the bayou.
Grab a blanket and enjoy the shade of the Oak trees at City Park. After you indulge, you can walk the park to check out all the fun activities the park has to offer.
For a day full of mouthwatering crawfish delights, head to NOLA’s Crawfish Festival between April 29-May 1, 2019 or Crawfish Mambo in mid May. You’ll also always be able to find a plate or two at various spring festivals such as French Quarter Fest and Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Also, a number of bars around the city host weekly crawfish boils. You can typically find them at R Bar (Fridays), Tracey’s (Saturdays) and Bayou Beer Garden (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays), just to name a few. Be sure to call ahead though to confirm dates, times and pricing.
How to Peel ‘Em
Ok, so you’ve figured out where to get your crawfish…but now how do you eat them? Even though they may look intimidating, worry not - once you get the hang of it, you’ll be peeling them like a pro. It’s really pretty simple - you’re just going to grab the head and tail and twist, then pull the two apart. You can either suck the boil juices from the head (weird, but very good), or just discard the head. Then pinch the end of the tail and pull the meat out from the exposed part. Voila!