Crawfish roundup: 10 Cajun, seafood spots in Houston to eat mudbugs this crawfish season

The Fisherman's Catch special at Crab Heads Cajun Boil in Missouri City comes with 2 pounds of crawfish. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Fisherman's Catch special at Crab Heads Cajun Boil in Missouri City comes with 2 pounds of crawfish. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Fisherman's Catch special at Crab Heads Cajun Boil in Missouri City comes with 2 pounds of crawfish. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Live crawfish season, or the time of year when more crawfish are available, runs from around mid-January to early July. Here is a list of 10 places throughout the Greater Houston area to eat crawfish this season. Some are newer, and others are more established, but they all offer a menu full of Cajun flavor.

Crawfish prices at most locations are determined by market demand.

This is a noncomprehensive list. Let us know in the comments what your favorite place to eat crawfish is in Houston.

1. Boil House

Boil House, a take-out freshwater Louisiana crawfish restaurant, specializes in boiled crawfish and shrimp. The business also sells everything customers need for their own crawfish boil.

606 E. 11th St., Houston


2. Cafe Rian Cajun Cafe

Cafe Rian promises to deliver authentic Cajun cuisine as both its executive and sous chefs were born and raised in Louisiana.

12230 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Houston


3. Captain Brad’s Coastal Kitchen

The founder of Captain Brad’s Coastal Kitchen worked along the coasts of Texas, Florida and Louisiana as a commercial crabber, shrimper and oysterman. During his life, he opened three restaurants in the Houston area. Now, his daughter and friends carry on his vision in Tomball.

24435 Hwy. 249, Tomball


4. Crab Heads Cajun Boil

Crab Head Cajun Boil opened in December in Missouri City. Restaurant owner and chef David Le has been cooking crawfish since he was 15.

2899 Dulles Ave., Missouri City


5. The Crab Station

The Crab Station’s menu features oysters, gumbo and boiled seafood. The Texas-based restaurant has several other locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

4505 FM 1960, Ste. B, Houston


6. Hot Spot H-Town

Hot Spot owners Angela and Chad Woods opened the restaurant because they felt there were not any places in the immediate Spring/The Woodlands area offering Southern-style Cajun and Creole food. Hot Spot is serving crawfish throughout crawfish season.

842 Rayford Road, Spring


7. Kid Kreole Kooking

The food at Kid Kreole Kooking is inspired by owner and operator Desmond Lee’s familial ties to St. Martinville, Louisiana. Kid Kreole Kooking started as a mobile catering service in 2013 and opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Humble in 2019.

9739 N. Sam Houston Parkway E., Ste. 100, Humble


8. Lotus Seafood

Lotus Seafood originated in Houston and now has four area locations. Each of its restaurants receives daily deliveries of fresh seafood.

11710 W. Broadway Blvd., Pearland


8550 S. Braeswood Blvd., Ste. F, Houston


10092 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston


2825 S. Kirkwood Road, Ste. 300, Houston


9. Orleans Seafood Kitchen

Owners Chance Comstock and Marcus S. Payavla opened Orleans Seafood Kitchen in Katy in 2008. At the restaurant’s 10th anniversary celebration in 2018, hundreds of community members ate 2,200 pounds of crawfish, according to a press release from the restaurant.

20940 I-10, Ste. G, Katy


10. TX Crawfish and Seafood Restaurant

TX Crawfish and Seafood Restaurant boasts frequent shipments of live crawfish. The casual restaurant features both fried and boiled seafood on its menu as well as starters, sandwiches, etouffee and fried rice.

2925 S. Gulf Freeway, Ste. F, League City

By Claire Shoop
Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.


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