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A Season for Boilin’ and Peelin’: Where to Get Crawfish in New Orleans

It’s crawfish season, and time for boiling and peeling. See this list of some of our favorite spots around town.

There's nothing like a New Orleans crawfish boil (Photo: Rebeccca Todd)

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.

Restaurants/Bars

Frankie and Johnny’s is an Uptown neighborhood favorite. (Photo: Zack Smith)

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

This Uptown fresh market offers Louisiana seafood and seasonings. (Photo: Zack Smith)

Seafood Shops/Catering

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.

Emily Smith is a native New Orleanian and Uptowner who loves sharing her passion for food with others. When she’s not blogging about culinary adventures, she can be found checking out the newest restaurant or bar, taking long walks along Magazine Street, or hovering over a steaming hot bowl of phở at her favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Voted one of the Best New Orleans-based Instagrammers by Thrillist, Where Y'at Magazine, and Paste Magazine. Please follow her on Instagram at @fleurdelicious_nola and ask for food advice!

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