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So what restaurant(s) put on the best crawfish boil in Austin?
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Spencer

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  1. Each year, I usually call all the usual suspects and get prices...I can't find my previous posts. However, the usual winner in terms of price and quality was, believe it or not, Razoo's during happy hour. The only reason that I ever went there was for the crawfish, which were pretty good and at least 40% cheaper than anywhere else. Since my wife and I can eat 8-10 pounds, this is important. Now Razoo's is gone. Also, the Boiling Pot is now a taco place, but there is still a Boiling Pot downtown. I always feel ripped off there..for $20 you get one crab, a lb of crawfish, and some inedible sausage and potatoes.

    The other places that I called were:

    Sambets - (just plain bad the one time I went there - not tainted, but something awry) for $8.99 for a pound and a half.

    Jazz - prices varied, but were often the next cheapest to Razoo's. Quality also varied.

    Louisiana Longhorn - I've just heard that they have had crawfish in past years.

    Alligator Grill - usually pretty good, sometimes about $5 per lb

    Quality Seafood - I'm sure they serve it in season.

    Other maybes - Evangeline, Shoal Creek Saloon

    If anyone prices any of these places or others, let me know.

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    1. re: rudeboy

      Quality Seafood does not serve it in their restaurant though you can buy it from them for $3/lb.

      They do make a nice crawfish creole soup that may satisfy your crawfish cravings.

      1. re: Kent Wang

        Maybe I'm just cheap, but a sack has to come in under $2 per pound to make it worth having a boil. Razoo's used to have cooked and served crawfish fof $2.99 per pound, which is why I haven't had a boil in several years.

        I keep hearing about how this is supposed to be a great season for crawfish, so maybe come march/april, live prices will come down.

        I also know a guy that "makes a run" every other year or so. If anyone is interested, let me know.

      2. re: rudeboy

        Razoos is now open in Round Rock near the IKEA and serving crawfish.

      3. Great question.

        I'm with you rudeboy... I try and avoid the Boiling Pot as there prices are not reasonable and franky, the quality is not there.

        Needless to say, I am a bit gun-shy when it comes to posting as apparently someone here is flagging most if not all of what I'm posting.

        IMHO, the best bang for your buck in boiled crawfish is Pappadeaux. 3 bucks and change per pound. They also have solid deals on oysters on the half-shell-- I typically eat a dozen Gulf oysters with a glass of their cheap sparkling, and then finish out with 5 pounds of crawfish with a hefeweizen, and get in and out of there for just under 30 bucks.The problem is scarcity: so if you venture there, make sure you call ahead and check for crawfish availability. Plan to sit at the bar. Try and avoid peak hours. Apparently everyone that is anyone that eats boiled crawfish knows about the promo and seemingly gets there before I do...and Pappadeaux will not change their par's.

        Though I have not been there for crawfish, I understand Uncle Boudreaux's in Manor (off 290 East) has excellent crawfish (though this is hearsay from a poker buddy.)

        I have friends that eat at Quality Seafood. Though we have not talked extensively about it, they tell me that the crawfish is not unlike something you'd do yourself, at home.

        If you're interested in a boil, let me know. I know numerous industry folks that can procure bags of crawfish and I might be up for co-hosting something not unlike this.

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        1. re: StagirasGhost

          I didn't even think about Pappadeaux. Sounds affordable, and thanks for the strategy - that's helpful.

          I've passed by Uncle Boudreaux's and wondered what it might be like. This is the first rec that I've heard. Since I live off 2222, that may be an easy drive for me this weekend. I'll report back.

          I can't imagine why you'd be getting flagged. But maybe I haven't seen the posts that were flagged...who knows? I had a couple flagged last week and I didn't understand why. That's why my posts are short and very pointed - I don't want to take the time to give a detailed review.

          1. re: rudeboy

            What's this about someplace near our house named Uncle Bourdreaux's?!!! Do tell, Rudeboy.

            1. re: amysuehere

              It is out in Manor, amysue, so it would be a bit of a drive. I haven't made it out there yet!

        2. An update on prices:

          Pappadeaux - $4/lb
          Alligator Grill - $4/lb 3pm-7pm, $6/lb otherwise
          Sambet's - $11 per 2 lbs
          Louisiana Longhorn - $6/lb
          Quality Seafood - $6/lb, Mondays 6pm-9pm only
          Evangeline - This Saturday (Apr 28) only, starting at 4pm for $6/lb
          Jazz - out of business
          Shoal Creek Saloon - doesn't have

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          1. re: Brian Lindauer

            Thanks for that update Brian. I forwarded the info to my best Bud in Austin.
            Spencer

            1. re: Brian Lindauer

              Thanks!

              Sounds like Pappadeaux and Alligator HH are the only semi affordable choices right now.

              I saw a sign at Shoal Creek Saloon the other day that (I think) said something about crawfish coming soon, special boil night, or something like that.

            2. Unfortunately, I can't vouch for it personally because I haven;t been able to go back, but Buster's BBQ out on 620 does a crawfish boil on Friday evenings. (I went for barbecue and thats how I found out about the crawfish boil) I think it was something like $5.99 a pound until they run out. I realize it doesn't help to recommend things unless I have tried them, but I am not recommending their crawfish, just giving a heads up to any hounds that may want to follow up on this if they get the chance. Their BBQ is pretty good, btw. I enjoyed their garlic and jalapeno stuffed smoked pork loin sandwich. They call it an H-Bomb.

              1. Joe's on Duval & 183 has crawfish on the weekends for 4.99/lb - add potatoes and corn for $2

                1. One option I haven't heard mentioned yet is the new Chinatown Center.
                  I don't know their prices yet, but I know they have had bins of live crawfish in the MT Market fresh seafood section recently, AND there is a brand new Cajun Cafe next door to First Chinese Bar-B-Q.
                  Anybody been out that way recently?

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                  1. re: Alan Sudo

                    I know this is a really old post, but just in case anyone stumbles across it the Cajun Cafe in the Chinatown center is gone. It's a shame, too. They had a good bucket of crawfish.

                  2. Tried the crawfish at Pappadeaux's last week - Cheap - but oily and greasy. Not sure what they add to them after they are cooked. Not much flavor - also had chili powder on them. What gives with that?? Otherwise, the old standard Ponchatrane sauce over the snapper was excellent.

                    1. How much do y'all charge per pound?

                      1. sambet's scares me because it is so incredibly dirty inside.
                        not divey, because i can deal with that.
                        but layers of crud kind of dirty.
                        i've been twice and the service was horrid (and again with the dirtyness) so i gave up.
                        maybe the key is to just buy the crawfish from them?

                        there were some other crawfish threads that recommended fiesta for the live stuff.
                        there is also a new vietnamese restaurant at parmer and mopac that does boils but i haven't been yet.

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                        1. re: dinaofdoom

                          Hot Boiled is the one you're thinking of and has been reviewed a few times on this board.

                          1. re: dinaofdoom

                            I haven't had Sambet's crawfish, but their other food is pretty crappy.
                            Even in Louisiana, I've been told the crawfish are running really small so far due to the cold snaps that keep happening. Hoping they get bigger by the time I go home in May--I have a boil scheduled!!
                            I would give it a month to get the size back up to snuff, regardless.

                          2. We had some at Quality Seafood this weekend and they were alright. More small ones than usual, but some were a good size. It was spicier than Sambet's. They were charging $3.99/lb and $2.50 if you wanted a couple of potatoes and some corn. The corn was a bit soggy but the potatoes hit the spot. It was all quite good, actually, except for the average size being a bit small.

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                            1. re: pwang

                              Hurrican Ike and the Drought west of Houston have hit the Texas crawfish industry pretty hard.

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