Austin restaurants offer distinct takes on crawfish this season

Stephen Acevedo

  • With crawfish season in full swing, Cajun and seafood restaurants all over Austin are adding the Southern delicacy to their menus. The Daily Texan has compiled a list of five stops to find boiled crawfish in Austin this spring.
     
  • ATX Boudain Hut
  • This popular West Campus food truck offers everything from gator po-boys to red beans and rice. However, during the spring, their most sought-after menu item is boiled crawfish. Offered every Saturday of the season, their pound of crawfish is served with corn, sausage and potatoes. Get there early Saturday because they are known to sell out of crawfish quickly. 
  • Where: 2512 Rio Grande St.
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  • Shoal Creek Saloon
  • The giant Saints helmet propped up on its roof makes Shoal Creek Saloon nearly impossible to miss when driving down Lamar Boulevard. With their advertised “color TV,” Shoal Creek is a perfect place to catch a NBA playoff game while getting a healthy fix of boiled crawfish. Although they charge extra for corn, sausage and potatoes with the crawfish, it is definitely worth the extra couple of bucks. Shoal Creek also has a nice outdoor patio on the creek for anyone who wants to get into full Cajun mode while they enjoy their boiled mud bugs.
  • Where: 909 N. Lamar Blvd.
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  • Stuffed Cajun Meat Market
  • This Austin gem is primarily a Cajun grocery store. From authentic seasonings to handmade boudin and andouille sausage, Stuffed has all the fixings for anyone planning a home-cooked Cajun meal. They also offer a lunch and dinner menu for those who would rather have their food prepared by Louisiana professionals. During the spring, the folks at Stuffed have fresh boiled crawfish straight from Louisiana on deck every day for Austinites looking for their most genuine crawfish option. For people wanting to try their hand at boiling their own crawfish, Stuffed sells live graded crawfish, boil seasonings and a wide range of specialty sausages.
  • Where: 5207 Brodie Ln.
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  • LA Crawfish
  • LA Crawfish has a slightly more unorthodox menu for a crawfish joint. In addition to boiled seafood and po-boys, it also serves up a number of Asian specialties such as Vietnamese pho and kimchi oysters. The Asian twist on classic Cajun menu items makes LA Crawfish distinguishable from any other crawfish joint in Austin. Even the boiled crawfish is given a taste of Asian culture with a “hot and sour” option. This is a great stop for people who have spent weeks immersing themselves in the culture of crawfish season and are in desperate need for a different take on their new favorite food.
  • Where: 2525 W. Anderson Ln.
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  • Any Crawfish Boil in Austin
  • While the easiest way to get crawfish is often at a restaurant that always has it on the menu, it can be a lot more fun and cheaper to attend a crawfish boil at a restaurant or bar that does not typically offer crawfish. Places such as Lustre Pearl, Haymaker and Tap 24 hold various crawfish boils throughout the spring, making eating bite-sized lobsters a celebratory social event. Check social media or flyers around town to find details on upcoming one-off crawfish boils.
  • Where: The Goodnight, 2700 W. Anderson Ln. #101
  • When: Saturday, April 9
  • Admission: Free