2016 Crawfish Guide

Whether you call them mudbugs, crayfish or crawdads, the cities of Tomball and Magnolia have several eateries serving crawfish by the pound from March until June.



Hosting a crawfish boil


Crawfish boils are an annual tradition for many residents in communities along the Gulf Coast. Lou Caporale, owner of Go Crawfish, sells live crawfish brought in daily from Louisiana and recommends a basic recipe for a first-time boil.



The necessities



  • live crawfish (about 3-4 pounds per guest)

  • seasoning of choice

  • vegetables

  • a large pot for boiling

  • a paddle for stirring

  • a large cooler to store crawfish before boiling

  • long metal tongs for serving

  • a scoop with holes or a colander to scoop vegetables and crawfish from pot

  • newspaper to line tabletop


The seasonings


Caporale recommends a basic recipe to start before adding more ingredients based on taste preferences:




  • lemon juice

  • chopped onion

  • garlic cloves

  • corn cobs

  • potatoes

  • andouille sausage

  • stick of butter


The boil


Caporale said he recommends putting vegetables, such as corn cobs and quartered potatoes, into the boil first and cooking until them they are soft. The vegetables can be removed before the crawfish is added to the pot. To cook the crawfish, boil them in the pot for five minutes before removing the pot from the heat. Allow the crawfish to continue cooking in the hot water for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep seasonings from settling at the bottom of the pot. This allows the crawfish to soak up additional flavor.



The meal


To serve, Caporale said it is traditional to layout the entire meal on a tabletop covered with newspaper, allowing guests to serve themselves.







Where to eat:


Boiling Cajun
13730 Alice Road, Tomball
832-761-1188
www.boilingcajun.com


Cajun Cantina
19010 FM 1488, Magnolia
281-259-8212
www.facebook.com/cajuncantinamagnoliatexas


The Crawfish Joint
9201 FM 1488, Magnolia
281-908-1321
www.thecrawfishjoint.com


The Crawfish Shack
38925 FM 1774, Magnolia
281-789-4555
www.crawfishshack.com


Go Crawfish
6923 FM 1488, Magnolia
281-814-3655
www.gocrawfish.com
(Only available for catering and to-go orders)


Tad’s Bar & Grill
1000 W. Main St., Tomball
832-843-6440
www.tadsoftomball.com


Tailgators Pub & Grill
33418 Egypt Lane, Magnolia
281-259-5343
www.tailgatorspub.com







Festivals! Mark your calendar:


Historical Katy Crawfish Festival: March 29
No Label Brewing Co. hosts the second annual festival in Katy with live music, food, craft beer and crawfish from Texas Mesquite Grill. Noon. $8 (prepaid admission), $10 (at the door). No Label Brewing Co., 5351 First St., Katy. 281-693-7545. www.nolabelbrew.com


Rails and Tails Mudbug Festival: April 30-May 1
The annual Tomball festival features two days of food and live music, including the John Evans Band, Bayou Roux and The Fab 5. Activities include a boudin ball eating contest, a kids zone and crawfish racing. Noon-6 p.m. Free (admission). Tomball Historic Depot, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484. www.tomballtx.gov


Texas Crawfish Festival: April 29-May 1, May 6-8
The 30th annual festival is held in Old Town Spring and includes vendors serving a variety of food, including more than 50,000 pounds of crawfish. The crawfish festival also features a live music lineup on two stages as well as family-friendly activities. 6-11 p.m. (April 29 and May 6), noon-11 p.m. (April 30 and May 7), noon-6 p.m. (May 1 and 6). $12 (adult admission), $5 (children ages 6-12). Old Town Spring, 209 Gentry St., Spring. 281-353-9310. www.texascrawfishfestival.com


2016 Crawfish Guide

By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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