The 10 Best Crawfish Dishes in Houston

Crawfish season is back! And while, yes, we love the regular ol' Cajun crawfish boil, we ALSO love these spectacular crawfish loaded dishes. From a seriously creamy crawfish bisque to deep-fried crawfish mac and cheese (yes, your heard that right), check out our top picks for mudbugs this season:

Crawfish Pho Where to get it: at LA Crawfish, multiple locations

Not only can you get an awesome bowl of pho the size of a kitchen sink, you can get an awesome bowl of pho the size of a kitchen sink loaded with crawfish and andouille sausage at this Asian-style mudbug joint. The lightly spiced blonde roux is just as refreshing and delicate as the crawfish tails laced throughout.

Fried Crawfish Mac and Cheese Balls Where to get it: St. John's Fire

This food truck certainly has no shortage of funky Cajun fare, but it's the crawdad-studded, creamy and gooey, golden brown mac and cheese balls -- crisp as all hell and served with a side of jalapeño remoulade for good measure -- that really have our hearts.

We believe all gumbo should come with a crispy crawfish topping.
We believe all gumbo should come with a crispy crawfish topping.
Photo courtesy of Tony Mandola's

Crawfish Gumbo Where to get it: Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen, 1212 Waugh Dr. Houston

Mama Mandola's Creole-style, dark brown and deeply decadent seafood stew is topped with crispy fried crawfish tails AND crispy fried okra for that extra wow factor. Get it for $7 a cup or $10 a bowl.

The Fatass Crawfish Where to get it: Cajun Kitchen, 6938 Wilcrest

With 3 lbs of spiced, garlic-onion-and-citrus-studded crawfish, 1 cluster of snowcrab legs, 1/2 lb of prawns, and nibs of corn and potato, the Fatass platter at this Viet-Cajun Kitchen is the way to go. Pro tip: go full fatty and add a side of sausage.

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Order a side of banh mi to sop up all the juices.
Order a side of banh mi to sop up all the juices.
Photo by Brooke Viggiano

Spicy Garlic Butter Crawfish Where to get it: Crawfish & Noodles, 11360 Bellaire

Don't get us wrong:crawfish boils of any sort are generally delicious. But Viet-Cajun crawfish just may be better. Crawfish & Noodles take on the now classic dish has become a must hit during the season. Head here to get a pile of mudbugs that are absolutely dripping with hot and spicy, garlic-loaded butter...so much so that you may need another roll of paper towels.

Crawfish Etouffee Where to get it: BB's Cafe, multiple locations

BB's takes their crawfish seriously, only serving the mudbugs in season and when the size meets their standards. As luck has it, that season has begun. Head here for one of best crawfish boils in town or stop by to get crawfish tails absolutely smothered and drizzled in a no-joke spicy homemade red roux and chipotle remoulade.

The crusty roll helps hold up all of the fully dressed crawfish packed inside.
The crusty roll helps hold up all of the fully dressed crawfish packed inside.
Photo by Jane Catherine Collins

Crawfish Po' Boy Where to get it: The Cajun Stop, 2130 Jefferson

Formerly known as Calliope's Po-Boy, this Creole hotspot serves up extraordinary comfort food with NOLA flair. Get a fully dressed po-boy stuffed with fried crawfish for $7.25 for a small. Warning: they may call it small, but with a 7-inch roll and plenty of fillings, it is anything but.

Crawfish Bread Where to get it: Beaucoup Bar & Grill, 3102 Old Spanish Trail

Imagine the best garlic bread you've ever eaten. Now imagine it 100 times better. That's what you have with this Cajun resto's golden, gooey, and bubbling crawfish and cheese loaded appetizer.

Danton's only serves fresh crawfish, so all crawfish dishes are seasonal.
Danton's only serves fresh crawfish, so all crawfish dishes are seasonal.
Photo by Matthew Dresden

Crawfish-loaded Oysters Where to get them: Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen, 4611 Montrose

Can't decide between oysters and crawfish? You don't have to! Danton's Oysters Patsy come absolutely stacked with succulent crawfish tails and housemade tasso ham. The Baked Oysters Dan Jr. come on the half shell with garlic butter, crawfish tails and Parmesan-Reggiano. Look out for them during crawfish season.

Crawfish Enchiladas Where to get it: Arnaldo Richards' Pico's, 3601 Kirby

The Enchiladas de Acociles ($17) come fully loaded with sautéed crawfish and smothered in creamy chilpotle sauce AND melted Chihuahua cheese, plus a side of Mexican rice and sautéed spinach. Add some hot sauce and you have yourself a winner.

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Tony Mandola's

1212 Waugh Dr.
Houston, TX 77019

713-528-3474

www.tonymandolas.com

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BB's Cafe

2710 Montrose
Houston, TX 77007

713-524-4499

www.bbscafe.com

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The Cajun Stop

2130 Jefferson St.
Houston, TX 77003

713-222-8333

www.thecajunstop.com

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Crawfish and Noodles
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Beaucoup Bar & Grill - CLOSED - Closed

3102 Old Spanish Trail
Houston, TX 77054

713-747-5100

www.beaucoupbarandgrill.com

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Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

4611 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006

713-807-8883

www.dantonsseafood.com


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