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Crayfish Done Right - Dchow are you out there??

Where can I find old school crayfish boiled just right in the Boston area? If dchow is out there, I know she'll guide me home, otherwise, any other Boston area hounds that can help me out?

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  1. If you go to Captain Marden's, in Wellesley, you might be able to find cooked crawfish tails. But if you're looking for an authentic crawfish boil, I think it's strictly DIY (do it yourself) up here. There are plenty of places in Lousiana that will fedex live mudbugs and Zaterain's crab boil to you, and then you're on your own.

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    1. re: Blumie

      we are all out of luck for a DIY boil as live bugs are out of season until next year.


      1. re: Blumie

        Funny you should ask about Crayfish--I just got an email this morning from IKEA in Stoughton announcing a Swedish Crayfish Event next week. Odds are I won't be able to make it, but if anyone goes, report back!

        Here's the info:

        All-you-can-eat Crayfish Party
        Tuesday, August 8th and Thursday, August 10th from 8 pm - 11 pm

        Join us for a feast of Crayfish, bread and butter and Swedish cheese for only $9.99* per person!

        Purchase tickets for the party in advance from the IKEA Restaurant on the upper level. Seating is limited, so buy your tickets now in order to secure your spot!

        *$9.99 per person. Children 12 & under eat for $4.99. Children 5 & under eat free


      2. Savenor's will get crawfish for you if you ask them.

        1. The Summer Shack used to have a crawfish event, not sure if it was open to the public. I think it might have been in conjunction with local LSU alumni - perhaps call Summer Shack (Alewife).

          1. Summer Shack occasionally does a Tulane alum event as well, but they always seem to pick the most annoying dates and they have it out near Alewife and not in Boston. Tres frustrating. It's quite expensive too, 'bout $50 a person, as oppose to about $10 in New Orleans. (Plus beer, of course, bottles here, keg there).

            Does anyone have an inkling of how much 20lbs of crawfish would cost to fedex? I'm guessing it's prohibitively expensive.

              1. re: KitchenAid

                Thanks! The turducken they have on there looked good too.

                1. re: KitchenAid

                  i second that - www.cajungrocer.com is great. I've ordered seafood shipped on dry ice from them. you can get all the good spices too. Zartarans is my favorite and I grew up with a Cajun grandmother, for what that's worth.

                2. hey chesapeakesun, thanks for your confidence in me -- i've never even had crayfish before! i just checked to see if rouge had it, but they currently don't, so i sent an email to inquire . . . *maybe* wulf's fish market in brookline would have crayfish (but you'd have to boil it yourself).

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                  1. re: dchow

                    Andy Husband's old Rouge? Isn't it closed?

                    1. re: Dax

                      my bad, oops! hey, and i just got an email from the ikea in stoughton that they're having a crayfish party there. hmm.

                    2. re: dchow

                      I've never seen crayfish there, and shellfish are not exactly their strongest offering. We've gotten some really poor clams and mussels from Wulf's, although the fish is lovely.

                    3. hell, i live in baton rouge. for the right price i'll load up the truck and drive them too you. anything to get out of this humidity :)

                      1. Sometimes Magnolia has them, but not as a boil.

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                        1. re: KitchenAid

                          I walked by Magnolia's today and they were advertising their crab festival on the door, so probably not in August unless they do other specials.

                          Skipjack's also used to do an all you can eat crawfish festival which was actually pretty good (not a SJ fan). I also remember some chain place offering a bucket of crawfish (dick's last resort or something), but I haven't been able to locate anywhere doing it.

                          I have seen the tails around frozen -- both cooked and uncooked, I think at Johnny's and one other supermarket. And whole ones at Haymarket once or twice. I am pretty certain that Stavis offers tails uncooked (or cooked whole), but I thought they didn't sell to the public.

                        2. I have enjoyed crayfish at Outlaw BBQ. Rt.1 Foxboro. (close to Gillette Stadium.) Not sure how "just right" they may be for you. The menu says steamed in Cajun spices.
                          $19.95 will get you a bucket.

                          1. This is the mail order outfit that I've used, with good success:


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                            1. re: Blumie

                              Looks like the critters are end of season. Only tail meat.

                            2. Try this new joint at 272 adam St in Dorchester. They are really good! They have four different spice taste. The asian fusion is what I really recommended. It's Brother's Crawfish.

                              Brother's Crawfish
                              272 Adams Street, Boston, MA 02118