Crawfish boils are the siren song of summer. Now that we're edging into that hot, hot, hot season, our favorite little mudbugs are proliferating all over town. Whether you're eating, buying, or just down for some beers and a boil, we've got copious options for your crawfish cravings.
Where to eat:
Big Easy Bar and Grill
Go east! The Big Easy has a boil every Wednesday through Sunday at noon. You can also catch live music Friday and Saturday nights.
Shoal Creek Saloon
This old guard Austin spot has a boil going (almost) all day, every day. Shoal Creek also hosts some pretty amazing daily happy hours.
ATX Boudain Hut
The hut serves free mimosas with brunch and hosts a boil every Saturday at both locations. When in season, there are also soft shell crab and frog legs.
Deckhand Oyster Bar
You'll get a little bit of a different flavor at Deckhand, with crawfish swimming in a peppery garlic sauce. It's different and decadent.
Crawfish Shack and Oyster Bar
Two locations, five flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. This adds up to a pretty damn good day.
Willie's Joint Bar and BBQ
Sure, it's in Buda, but the crawfish is free every Saturday — 200 pounds of the good stuff.
Comal Crawfish Company
Add this BYOB spot to your staycation trip down to New Braunfels. Get yours with a side of Brussels sprouts.
Where to buy:
Louisiana Wild offers crawfish (whole and peeled) and boiling supplies.
Choose-your-own adventure with these guys — have them cater, or get crawfish delivered wholesale.
Stuffed Cajun Meat Market
Large crawfish, purged and cleaned. You can also pick up house-made boudain and buckets of side dishes.
The mudbugs are harvested on Thursday morning, sacked up the same day, and shipped in a refrigerated truck that evening.
Go Crawfish Austin
Pick your size, text your order, and pick them up behind Bombshells Bar. That's legit, folks.
Where to party:
March 23: Lone Star Crawfish Festival featuring Pat Green. Buy tickets in advance!
Black Sheep Lodge
March 26: Mudbugs and drink specials with 1,400 pounds of crawfish coming in at $9 per pound.
NOLA, Texas Food and Music Festival
April 3: Chef John Besh, Dr. John, Leon Russell, New Breed Brass Band, and Bob Schneider take over Cedar Park.
Hays County Fair and Crawfish Boil
April 7 to 9: Free admission, carnival rides, helicopter rides, go-cart racing, and a motorcycle poker run.
Annual Swamp Thing & Crawfish Fest
April 23: Louisiana bands, jambalaya, alligator, and free crawfish.
New Braunfels Crawfest
April 29 to 30: Washer toss tournament, crawfish races, and a great country music lineup.