Boil boil

7 Austin spots dishing out classic crawfish boils all season long

7 Austin spots dishing out classic crawfish boils all season long

Austin Crawfish Festival
The Austin Crawfish Festival heads to town April 4. Photo courtesy of Austin Crawfish Festival 2020

Crawfish season is here. Sure, you can always order the mudbugs, buy the fixings, stock the bar, and host a good ol' fashioned boil or you can let someone else do the work for you.

From special events to local restaurants, these seven options prove there is a boil for everybody. 

4th Tap Brewing Co-Op
The perfect complement to a good boil is an equally good selection of beer. For both, head to this Metric brewery on Saturday, March 7. SXSE Food Co. will be handling all of the boiling, and $10 will land you a pound of the good stuff along with sausage, potatoes, and corn.

Austin Crawfish Festival
Celebrate the height of mudbug season at Carson Creek Ranch during the second annual Austin Crawfish Festival. Vendors from across the South will be dishing out crawfish, Cajun cuisine, stuffed turkey legs, and Florida-style shrimp and crab. Tickets range from $5-$50, and include a VIP experience with "Texas-sized drinks" and the opportunity to meet  Russ T’ Crawdaddy and his partner Jason Hohenberger.

Black Sheep Lodge
On Saturday, March 14, this South Lamar favorite will be hosting its annual crawfish boil. Servings will be doled out by the scoop (roughly a pound and a half), and there will be plenty of beverage deals, such as $3 well drinks, $3 select beers and $1 Jell-O shots. There are no reservations for this, so be sure to show up early.

Crawfish Shack & Oyster Bar
With North and South Austin locations, these guys make the crawfish easy to get to. Market price is the name of the game here (in other words, the cost varies), but it will land you two pounds of crawfish, corn, a potato, sausages, and mushrooms. After the crawfish are gone, make sure to give the étouffée a go.

Haymaker
Whip out those calendars and make a note to head to this Manor spot on Saturday, March 28. Crawfish will be sold by the scoop, along with $3 select beers, $3 wells, and other drink specials. Reservations will not be taken, so make a plan to grab a spot early.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken
Lucy’s on the Lake and in Cedar Park will be hosting crawfish boils this Friday, February 28, and Saturday, February 29.  Then, for the remainder of the season, mudbugs will be available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (while supplies last). It’s $12 a pound, plus an additional $1 if you want to add corn or potatoes.

Shoal Creek Saloon
This classic Cajun spot boils “all day every day,” so regardless of when your crawfish craving hits, they’ve got you covered. Prices are generally $9.50 a pound, $27.75 for three pounds and $45 for five pounds. Boudin balls, fritters, etouffee, pot pie and other crawfish-centric items are also on the menu.