3 New Hot Spots for Bayou City Crawfish

We peel the tail back on Houston's newest crawfish joints.

By Timothy Malcolm February 25, 2019 Published in the March 2019 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Mudbugs at Shell Shack

Image: Shell Shack

It’s that time, and you know what to do: Roll up your sleeves, order a pitcher of beer, and dig into those mudbugs. But where? Here are three new arrivals to Houston’s crawfish scene, all ready to compete for the title of best boil in Bayou City:

Flying Fish

From the team behind Rodeo Goat and Flying Saucer Draught Emporium comes this spot, formerly a tire shop/carwash, offering catfish, crab legs, and, of course, crawfish doused in Cajun seasoning and served up with all the fixin’s. Dine outside under a canopy or inside by the wall full of Big Mouth Billy Bass singing fish.

Padna’s Cajun Eatery

Taking over the old Biskit Junkie space as of last summer, this new Cajun spot promises that its mudbugs will be bigger than the rest, sourced from a maximum 200 miles away, and delivered daily. Bring your crew, as there’s plenty of family-style seating.

Shell Shack

The Dallas concept came to town last fall, opening a two-story space with a sports bar and an outdoor patio. You can customize your boil here, choosing your flavor (try the kitchen sink, a combination of Cajun, garlic, and lemon pepper) and heat level (diablo, anyone?).

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