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Houston's Top 10 Crawfish Joints

Note: This post is from 2011. Please check out our current list (with current prices) for 2012.

Yesterday, we showed you the proper way to eat crawfish. Today, armed with that knowledge, we're going to show you the best places to eat them in Houston.

It may not officially be crawfish season yet -- Exhibit A: Danton's, my go-to for serious Cajun food, isn't stocking them. Exhibit B: neither is BB's Cajun Cafe or Goode Co. Seafood. And it won't be until at least the end of the month, if not next month.

But the fact that it isn't technically crawfish season hasn't prevented nearly every bar and Cajun restaurant in town from offering mudbugs by the pound. After all, this weather is practically built for crawfish consumption. And here's how you can tell...

Of those restaurants that currently are offering crawfish by the pound, the people who answer the phones nearly tell you the price of the crawfish right when they pick up. At Mardi Gras Grill, there's a robot -- a robot! (okay, so it's a recorded, robot-sounding message) -- that answers the phone and automatically relays the current per-pound price of the bugs. Local foodie extraordinaire Jenny Wang even has a "Crawfish Specials" list set up on Twitter.

Crawfish: Serious business.

10. Calliope's

The closest to an authentic po-boy as you'll get in the Bayou City also has great crawfish, and for a great price: only $5.49 a pound right now. It also consistently pulls in some of the largest, so come prepared.

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