Spring has sprung, and you know what that means in Texas—crawfish season is here! If you can’t get enough mudbugs, you’re in the right neighborhood. The Heights is home to several of the best places in town to get some.
We thought we’d put a list together so that you can easily find out where to go to get your Crawfish Game on!
Here we go:
Craving delicious crawfish, but also just really want to be at home? We get it. And Boil House does too, and they have you covered. Unlike the other places listed here, they offer live crawfish for the DIY crowd in addition to boiled bugs ready to eat. The owners are born and raised Louisiana Cajuns, and all the crawfish are farm raised in Louisiana and driven in daily. The menu here is limited, so if you have people in your party who are in the mood for something else, you might plan your visit to Boil House for another day. In addition to crawfish, you can order sausage, King Cake and pecan pie, and of course, the traditional corn and potatoes served with crawfish. Boil House is located at 606 E. 11th Street. Hours are from 5-9 pm Wednesday-Friday and 11 am-9 pm on weekends. Enjoy your crawfish on site at picnic tables, or take them to go.
BB’s Cafe is a quickly-growing Houston favorite, with six locations around the city. The Heights location is open late and always busy, a favorite pit stop of Heights residents out for a night of White Oak bar hopping. At $7.95 per pound, their crawfish are on the pricier end of the spectrum, but perfectly prepared. BB’s uses a combination of dry spice and their proprietary crawfish boil paste, which sets their bugs apart from the competition. After noticing a large amount of corn and potatoes left behind last year, BB’s changed their menu in an effort to reduce food waste so that corn and potatoes are a few cents extra and don’t automatically come with an order of crawfish. If you’re dining with friends who aren’t fans of crawfish, BB’s is a good bet. Their menu is varied and includes both seafaring and landlubbing entrees, so pickier eaters have plenty of choices. BB’s is found at the corner of Studewood and White Oak. BB’s is open from 11 am till midnight daily, so you know where to go if a late-night crawfish craving should strike.
A new addition to our list of favorite crawfish joints, House of Hoopz is a small food stand serving up hot Louisiana-style crawfish and BBQ on the corner of White Oak and Studewood. Enjoy a cold beer from Little Woodrow’s while you eat- House of Hoopz is located on-site to provide much-needed sustenance to bar patrons. At $6 a pound, their bugs are a good bargain. Their boil is on the spicy side and served with potatoes, corn, and sausage. House of Hoopz is only open on weekends from 11 am-11 pm.
The Boot set up shop in 2014 and has quickly established itself as a go-to spot for Cajun cuisine of all kinds. While you can get po boys, ettouffee, gumbo, and other Cajun dishes, the old school Louisiana-style crawfish are the big star this time of year. When crawfish are out of season, you can still enjoy crab and shrimp boils all year long. The atmosphere is casual, with tons of outdoor seating, washer courts, and plenty of patio umbrellas for shade. Don’t forget to save some room for the bread pudding, it’s to die for! The Boot is located at 1206 West 20th Street and open from 11 am – midnight Monday-Saturday and 11 am – 10 pm on Sunday.
There you have it! Now the only hard part is deciding which place to try first. Laissez les bon temps rouler!