Springtime is quickly approaching here in New Orleans and that means it’s time to embrace one of the best food traditions of the South: boiling and eating crawfish. But no worries if you don’t have the means or the know-how to boil them yourself, because our list includes places that sell them live and cooked to your liking. So grab a cold one, New Orleans — it’s crawfish time.
Where to Find Crawfish in New Orleans
Seither’s Seafood – You know you’ve hit the seafood jackpot when the restaurant’s parking lot is covered in pearly white oyster shells. At Seither’s in Harahan, they load you up with platters of hot boiled crabs, crawfish and shrimp for a fair price. Go on a nice day or night and opt for an outside picnic table to enjoy your fare. In 2012, Seither’s won Best Roast Beef Poboy at Oak Street’s Annual Po-Boy Festival, proving to everyone that they’re more than just great seafood. 279 Hickory Avenue, Harahan, LA • (504) 738-1116
Frankie and Johnny’s – After being closed for many months, this well-known Uptown dive reopened in December under new ownership and is sporting a nice new face-lift. The classic food remains, including raw oysters and hot boiled crawfish with potatoes and corn. Suck the heads outside on their new porch while enjoying a cold one from their expanded beer menu, which now includes more than 10 beers on draught. 321 Arabella St. New Orleans, LA • (504) 243-1234
Rivershack Tavern – There’s nothing more rewarding after a bike ride along the levee than a stop at this River Road spot for a few pounds of plump, spicy crawfish and ice cold beer. Friday afternoon boils begin at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s start at 3 p.m. Check out their online live music calendar, since eating really good crawfish pairs nicely with dancing. 3449 River Road Jefferson, LA • (504) 834-4938
Perino’s Boiling Pot – Join the family-friendly dining fun at this beloved crawfish shack on the Westbank in Harvey. Elevated trays of boiled seafood adorn the tables, while loyal patrons crack crabs and pinch tails together. The wait staff is friendly as can be, and the Perino’s name has been associated with fresh seafood for more than 40 years. 3754 Westbank Expy., Harvey LA • (504) 340-5560
Big Fisherman – For as long as I can remember, the corner of Magazine Street and Toledano has been home to this beloved seafood shop, known for their delicious boiled shrimp, crabs, crawfish, fresh seafood, and miniature crawfish pies. When in season, crawfish are boiled multiple times a day, so make sure you get them when they’re hot. And since there’s nowhere to sit in this shop and eat them, prepare to take them home or have a good picnic spot in mind. 3301 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA • (504) 897-9907
Schaefer and Rusich – Family-owned and operated for over 40 years, Bucktown’s premier grab-n-go crawfish spot on Lake Avenue offers some of the best in the city. Don’t be discouraged by the line, if there is one, as it moves quickly. If weather permits, try enjoying them while sitting along the lake. 1726 Lake Ave., Metairie • (504) 833-3973
Jubilee Kitchen – Throwing a crawfish boil? How about hiring Jubilee Kitchen to cater for you! Before you can say “Berl them for me!” the guys from Jubilee will have crawfish hot and ready to serve to your guests with all the corn, potatoes, garlic, and napkins their hearts desire. And the best part? They clean up, pack up and go, taking all those discarded shells with them. Contact Brady Jubenville aka “BJ” or “The Coach” for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 442-0653.
Cajun Brothers – One of the most popular places in Mid-City to buy sacks of live crawfish, enjoy a couple of pounds on site, or take ‘em to go is Cajun Brothers. Not a far bike ride to the bayou or City Park if you feel like enjoying them under the shade of an Oak. 236 N. Carrollton, New Orleans, LA • (504) 488-7503
Broadview Seafood – Another popular place to buy mudbugs live, this shop on N. Broad calls themselves the “Crawfish House of America,” and offers next-day shipping on fresh crawfish, crabs and shrimp for your eating pleasure. Open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 1468 N. Broad, New Orleans, LA • (504) 944-3001
Honorable Mentions: Cajun’s Seafood, Salvo’s, Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar, Sal’s on Barataria Blvd. and Cooter Brown’s.
If you don’t know how to peel a crawfish, not to worry. Check out our tutorial with Fleurty Girl in this episode of GoNOLA TV!
All photos by Emily Smith