Houston’s Ultimate Crawfish Guide: 10 Restaurant Specials and Events No Mudbug Lover Should Miss
The newly opened Laurenzo's in Midtown is rolling out crawfish specials every Wednesday. (Photo courtesy @laurenzos1910)
Houston crawfish season is here, and it features everything from new specials to crawfish-centric events like the Crawfish and Brews celebration at 8th Wonder Brewery. (Photo courtesy crawfishandbrews.com)
Scenes from last year's Crawfish and Brews (Photo courtesy crawfishandbrews.com)
Eight Row Flint features crawfish specials every Sunday. (Photo courtesy @eightrowflint)
A New Orleans-style crawfish boil is waiting at Hungry's. (Courtesy photo)
Head to Southern Goods for crawfish and brews from Saint Arnolds.
Crawfish season is in full swing, which means mud bugs of all varieties have secured top billing across the Bayou City. Of course, classic Houston crawfish haunts often take center stage during this time of the year with staples ranging from Viet-Cajun crawdads via Crawfish and Noodles to a Tex-Orleans rendition at BB’s Cafe.
(We know many diehard Houston crawfish lovers have already secured their go-to craw-spot, but if you’re still on the hunt, check out PaperCity‘s Top 10 Crawfish Restaurants here.)
But it’s not just the tried and true favorites getting in on the crawfish action this year. You’d be surprised by where some of the best specials are hiding. We’ve rounded up a list of 10 new crawfish deals and events you should tackle this weekend and beyond.
Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale Street, agricolehospitality.com/eight-row-flint. If you missed Eight Row’s epic $1 per pound crawfish special last week, you’re probably kicking yourself. The bad news is that I’m not here to tell you that the deal is returning.
However, the good news is that you can still snag the whiskey icehouse’s flavor-packed crawfish every Sunday for $5 per pound. Don’t forget to grab a brussels sprout taco and frozen gin and tonic while you’re there.
Hungry’s, 2356 Rice Boulevard, hungryscafe.com. Hungry’s isn’t new, but it’s Upstairs Bar and Lounge is, which is honestly reason enough to indulge in the restaurant’s weekly crawfish special. Enjoy mud bugs every Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday on the rooftop patio starting at 4 pm.
Seven dollars will get you a pound of crawfish paired with corn and potatoes, while $4 Texas beers are also on tap.
Laurenzo’s Bar & Grill, 1910 Bagby Street, laurenzosbarandgrill.com. Laurenzo’s is ringing in its first crawfish season by bringing a bevy of deals to Midtown. Coined “Crawfish Wednesdays,” the weekly event features crawfish, corn, and potatoes for $5 per pound, as well as $22 Corona beer buckets and $4 Fireball shots.
Lucille’s, 5512 La Branch Street, lucilleshouston.com. Lucille’s may be known for its globally-inspired Southern cuisine, but it will tack crawfish onto its menu starting this Saturday, April 15 (just in time for the holiday weekend). Stop by every Saturday for $12 crawfish baskets from 4 to 8 pm accompanied by live music and a DJ on the outdoor patio.
Max’s Wine Dive, 214 Fairview Street, maxswinedive.com. Fried chicken and champagne are not Max’s only specialty. This week, the popular restaurant launched “Mud Bug Monday’s” on the patio from 5 to 10 pm. Indulge in crawfish for $5 per pound, or get more bang for your buck with five pounds for $20.
Weekly beer specials are also available.
Crawfish Event Calendar
Crawfish With a Thai Twist
Looking for Earth Day plans? Head to Ladybirds on April 22 at noon for the Sap Sap Thai Crawfish Boil. Once you’ve concluded your crawfish feast, partake in an Urban Wild happy hour sponsored by Memorial Park Conservancy from 2 to 5 pm. Ladybirds, 5519 Allen Street, ladybirdsbar.com.
A Bash on Buffalo Bayou
Crawfish, live music, and beer come together on Saturday, April 22 for the Bayou Buddies’ Earth Day fête and biggest fundraiser of the year — the Bayou Bash. Not only can guests enjoy a mountain of crawfish, but a silent auction will also be held and there will be live entertainment from Havoc Wagon and Up On A Quasar. Secure your tickets here.
Southern Goods‘ chef Lyle Bento teams up with Saint Arnold Brewing Company for a weekend crawfish boil in The Heights. Head to Southern Goods for $6 per pound crawfish alongside Saint Arnold brewing tastings from 1 to 10 pm this Saturday (April 15).
Crawfish and Brews
Eight Wonder Brewery hosts its fourth annual Crawfish and Brews celebration on Sunday April 30. Expect mounds of crawfish as well as an exciting live entertainment lineup featuring the world famous DJ Mannie Fresh,
The Bright Light Social Hour, BOMBON w/ DJ Gracie Chavez & DJ Act Badd, Havoc Wagon, and Dayta.
Suck the Head
In 2016, the Suck the HeadDay Party drew more than 1,500 guests. This year, the event is back on Saturday, April 22 at Capitol Bar from noon to 8 pm. Sponsored by Bud Light this Houston crawfish bash features $20 all-you-can-eat passes alongside drinks and the city’s top DJs.
Purchase tickets here. Capitol Bar, 2415 Main Street.