Springtime is quickly approaching and that means it’s time to embrace one of Louisiana’s best food traditions: 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 – it’s crawfish time.
Frankie and Johnny’s – This well-known Uptown dive remains a neighborhood favorite serving raw oysters and hot boiled crawfish with potatoes and corn. Suck the heads outside on their spacious porch while enjoying a cold one from their expanded beer menu, which includes more than 10 beers on draft. 321 Arabella St. • (504) 243-1234
Perino’s Boiling Pot – Join the family-friendly dining fun at this beloved crawfish shack on the West Bank 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. • (504) 340-5560
Bevi Seafood – This is one of our favorite seafood spots in one of our favorite neighborhoods in town. Bevi celebrates the four seafood seasons of New Orleans every year: crawfish, crab, shrimp, and oyster. Their po-boys are made from scratch with fresh, homemade ingredients like roast beef and smoked ham. Their “always available” sides include potato salad, stuffed artichoke, and gumbo, to name a few. Catch some of their specialty items like stuffed mirlitons and marinated crabs when you can. 236 Carrollton Ave. • (504) 488.7503
Big EZ Seafood – Let us start by saying beware. Once you cross over to the West Bank for Big EZ’s crawfish, you might not cross back. Their Vietnamese-style garlic crawfish will leave you craving more crawdads before you’ve even walked out the door. Our personal favorite is the citrus-style crawfish. We recommend it with a side of gumbo and a crawfish pie. 1632 Lafayette St. • (504) 272.0711
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 St. • (504) 897-9907
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. If you feel like enjoying them under the shade of an Oak, Cajun Brothers is not a far bike ride to the bayou or City Park if 236 N. Carrollton Ave. • (504) 488-7503
Broadview Seafood – This shop on North 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 St. • (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, don’t fret. Check out our video on GoNOLA TV and go inside a New Orleans Crawfish Boil.