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Where to Get Boiled Crawfish Now, Freshly Updated

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Rejoice, Eater readers, for crawfish season is upon us again, and while the best spot for boiled crawfish in New Orleans is in someone's backyard, or the Fly, or City Park, or on the Bayou St John, sometimes that just isn't an option. The cravings are too urgent, the friends who berl the best are out of town or whatever. For times like these, sometimes you just have to go to a professional.

Here, now, Eater NOLA presents our picks for great boiled crawfish in and around New Orleans, freshly updated for the 2013 season. Some of these are seafood markets where you'll want to pick up a couple pounds and go to a park or a bar (KJean, Big Fisherman), while others are proper restaurants (Deanie's, Perino's Boiling Pot) and even bars (Markey's, Mid City Yacht Club). But all of them can boil a mean mudbug and satisfy that berled crawfish craving.

Don't see your favorite place to get boiled crawfish on the map? Send us an email, or leave a comment, telling us your favorite spot and why, and Eater will update the map through out the season.


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Kjean Seafood

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The best option in Mid City, and arguably the best around. Grab some boiled crawfish and go to City Park or the bayou.

Big Fisherman Seafood

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Grab a couple pounds, plus some corn and potatoes, and get thee to Audubon Park or the Fly (across the railroad tracks from Audubon, right on the river).

Perino's Boiling Pot

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Stuffed deer and taxidermic wonders hang on the walls, and long tables and huge plastic plates of boiled crawfish and sacks of potatoes accommodate hoards of ravenous fanatics. It's worth the trip to Harvey.

Rivershack Tavern

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It's a little bit upriver from uptown New Orleans, right on River Road. If you're coming from uptown, it's a super easy bike ride along the levee. Friday afternoon boils start at 4PM, Sundays at 3PM. $13 gets you 3lbs with potatoes and corn.

Charlie's Seafood

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The Harahan seafood restaurant reopened by Frank Brigtsen is a sure bet for good boiled crawfish if you don't mind the drive. Not farm raised, these Belle River crawfish will set you back about $3.75/lb.

Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar

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Cooter Brown's is not the most consistent place on earth (ie. even the kitchen staff won't confirm if they're boiling every weekend or not) but even when they're at their worst the crawfish here are still yummy.

Zimmer's Seafood

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Any place that bills itself as a restaurant/seafood market will likely have great boiled crawfish. Such is the case at Zimmer's, which is always worth the trek out towards Gentilly.

Mid-City Yacht Club

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One of Mid City's favorite bars (not a real yacht club) has a berl most Friday nights during crawfish season, starting around 5 p.m. $6 gets you a big plate of cray crays. Follow their Twitter for updates.

Sal's Seafood

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Crawfish are served on newspaper-covered tables (plates are few and far between). Beer comes in cans, and even though it's a drive out to Marrero on the West Bank, it's a great stop to and from the Barataria Preserve.

Deanie's Seafood

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There are a ton of different options in the Quarter, Deanie's being just one of many. They sell boiled crawfish by the pound, and while it's maybe not as great as it is at the original location in Bucktown, it's still a good, convenient option in the Vieux Carré.

Markey's Bar

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Starting next Friday, March 1, the Bywater's favorite neighborhood bar shall return with its weekly crawfish boil. Chances are Markey's will actually have boils on Wednesdays and Fridays through out the season.

Somethin' Else Café

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While you can sit down and enjoy boiled crawfish at this low key Exhange Alley cafe, their supplier Vieux Carre Seafood & Meats have the same owners, Blaine Prestenbach and Craig Walker. Their partner, Houma native James Doré brings fresh seafood in from the bayou. French Quarter residents can get boiled crawfish in bulk, or live in sacks at Vieux Carre Seafood too.

Freret Street Publiq House

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The Freret Street music venue is now hosting Friday Lenten crawfish boils around 5 p.m. and weekly Sunday boils around 2 p.m. in their outside seating area.

Castnet Seafood

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An Eater tipster claims the crawfish at this New Orleans East favorite is "boiled with lots of hands on work by employees, stirring and tending to every batch. No doubt the best in the city!"

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

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Superior Seafood on St. Charles is now serving boiled crawfish and Abita Strawberry, a winning combination. Both are available at lunch and dinner, and the restaurant caters too.

C & A Seafood

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"C & A Seafood is relatively new, but clean and quaint," says an Eater tipster of this Gert Town joint. "The boiled seafood is delicious and reasonable... It's an odd location, close to Blue Plate Artist Lofts by Earhart, but it works when you have to get a quick fix for boiled crawfish."

Seither's Seafood

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Ian McNulty raves about Seither's in a recent review, saying, "The beating heart of Seither's is the boiling pot... boiled crawfish, shrimp and crabs more closely resemble a backyard boil than your standard restaurant or bar boil. The spice level isn't high; it tastes more complex than just salt and cayenne. An array of boiled vegetables... all are standard.

Kjean Seafood

The best option in Mid City, and arguably the best around. Grab some boiled crawfish and go to City Park or the bayou.

Big Fisherman Seafood

Grab a couple pounds, plus some corn and potatoes, and get thee to Audubon Park or the Fly (across the railroad tracks from Audubon, right on the river).

Perino's Boiling Pot

Stuffed deer and taxidermic wonders hang on the walls, and long tables and huge plastic plates of boiled crawfish and sacks of potatoes accommodate hoards of ravenous fanatics. It's worth the trip to Harvey.

Rivershack Tavern

It's a little bit upriver from uptown New Orleans, right on River Road. If you're coming from uptown, it's a super easy bike ride along the levee. Friday afternoon boils start at 4PM, Sundays at 3PM. $13 gets you 3lbs with potatoes and corn.

Charlie's Seafood

The Harahan seafood restaurant reopened by Frank Brigtsen is a sure bet for good boiled crawfish if you don't mind the drive. Not farm raised, these Belle River crawfish will set you back about $3.75/lb.

Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar

Cooter Brown's is not the most consistent place on earth (ie. even the kitchen staff won't confirm if they're boiling every weekend or not) but even when they're at their worst the crawfish here are still yummy.

Zimmer's Seafood

Any place that bills itself as a restaurant/seafood market will likely have great boiled crawfish. Such is the case at Zimmer's, which is always worth the trek out towards Gentilly.

Mid-City Yacht Club

One of Mid City's favorite bars (not a real yacht club) has a berl most Friday nights during crawfish season, starting around 5 p.m. $6 gets you a big plate of cray crays. Follow their Twitter for updates.

Sal's Seafood

Crawfish are served on newspaper-covered tables (plates are few and far between). Beer comes in cans, and even though it's a drive out to Marrero on the West Bank, it's a great stop to and from the Barataria Preserve.

Deanie's Seafood

There are a ton of different options in the Quarter, Deanie's being just one of many. They sell boiled crawfish by the pound, and while it's maybe not as great as it is at the original location in Bucktown, it's still a good, convenient option in the Vieux Carré.

Markey's Bar

Starting next Friday, March 1, the Bywater's favorite neighborhood bar shall return with its weekly crawfish boil. Chances are Markey's will actually have boils on Wednesdays and Fridays through out the season.

Somethin' Else Café

While you can sit down and enjoy boiled crawfish at this low key Exhange Alley cafe, their supplier Vieux Carre Seafood & Meats have the same owners, Blaine Prestenbach and Craig Walker. Their partner, Houma native James Doré brings fresh seafood in from the bayou. French Quarter residents can get boiled crawfish in bulk, or live in sacks at Vieux Carre Seafood too.

Freret Street Publiq House

The Freret Street music venue is now hosting Friday Lenten crawfish boils around 5 p.m. and weekly Sunday boils around 2 p.m. in their outside seating area.

Castnet Seafood

An Eater tipster claims the crawfish at this New Orleans East favorite is "boiled with lots of hands on work by employees, stirring and tending to every batch. No doubt the best in the city!"

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

Superior Seafood on St. Charles is now serving boiled crawfish and Abita Strawberry, a winning combination. Both are available at lunch and dinner, and the restaurant caters too.

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C & A Seafood

"C & A Seafood is relatively new, but clean and quaint," says an Eater tipster of this Gert Town joint. "The boiled seafood is delicious and reasonable... It's an odd location, close to Blue Plate Artist Lofts by Earhart, but it works when you have to get a quick fix for boiled crawfish."

Seither's Seafood

Ian McNulty raves about Seither's in a recent review, saying, "The beating heart of Seither's is the boiling pot... boiled crawfish, shrimp and crabs more closely resemble a backyard boil than your standard restaurant or bar boil. The spice level isn't high; it tastes more complex than just salt and cayenne. An array of boiled vegetables... all are standard.

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