Every spring, Houston goes crawfish crazy—and with good reason. Thanks to our unique confluence of cultures, there’s no better city in the United States in which to enjoy the fiery red crustaceans. Whether you’re seeking Cajun-style boils, Vietnamese-style smorgasbords or even Pakistani, Japanese and Tex-Mex twists on the mudbugs, Houston has it all, and Houstonia has your comprehensive guide to making the most of the season—which, lucky you, now lasts all the way into the summer.

In This Feature:

How Houston Took the Louisiana Crawfish Tradition and Made It Our Own

Cajun crawfish didn’t take off in the Bayou City until 1976, but Houstonians' appetite for crawfish has exploded since then.

02/20/2017 By Robb Walsh

Wait, When Is Crawfish Season Again?

Thanks to crawfish farming, you can get fresh bugs from January to August.

02/20/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Houston’s Top 10 Cajun Crawfish Joints

For when you want dive into a pound or eight of old-school Cajun mudbugs.

02/20/2017 By Robb Walsh

The 10 Best Places to Get Viet-Cajun Crawfish in Houston

Viet-Cajun crawfish has become the new standard in the Bayou City, and these are the top spots to dig in.

02/20/2017 By Mai Pham

Cajun Meets Asian

Cultures collide as a south Louisianan samples Vietnamese-style crawfish for the first time.

03/01/2017 By Jeanne Lyons Davis

Video: How to Peel Crawfish Like a Pro

We demonstrate the two ways you can peel a crawfish.

02/19/2017 Videography by Katharine Shilcutt

Does Your Crawfish Need to Be Made in the USA?

There are many reasons to stick with local mudbugs instead of imports.

02/20/2017 By Alice Levitt

Our 5 Favorite Crawfish Dishes Around Town

All the crawfish tails you can eat, minus the pesky peeling.

02/20/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

How Do You Know When You're Getting a Good Crawfish Deal?

And how does anyone keep up with all the different deals around town?

02/20/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Think You've Tasted It All? Here's a New Boil to Try

Behind the recipe made famous on Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown.

02/20/2017 By Alice Levitt

The 5 Best Local Beers for Your Next Crawfish Boil

These Houston-brewed session beers will help cool the burn.

02/20/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Looking for Ways to Jazz Up Your Next Backyard Crawfish Boil?

We have five fun suggestions on how to build a better boil.

02/20/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt