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Early crawfish season woes

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hazelhurst Feb 23, 2009 12:20 PM

Word in the Br Advocate today that the crop is looking dismal. Appears that there have been several circumstances contributing to a bad year (e.g.Gustav). Legendary Tony's Seafood in B.R. was only getting a paltry few sacks from the Ville Platte area. Of course, the Gloom & Doom after katrina and Rita was not as bad as predicted then, especially when the ponds north of The Zone of Death came in but this one appears to be worse. On the other hand, it may be like cane farmers who NEVER have a good year and are always losing money....anyway, there it is for what its worth...

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    Hungry Celeste RE: hazelhurst Feb 23, 2009 12:23 PM

    Prices all around are still quite high, even "down the bayou". I just can't pony up $3.99/lb for boiled!

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      hazelhurst RE: Hungry Celeste Feb 23, 2009 12:37 PM

      Yeah, the average appears to be between $4.00 and $5.00 /lb boiled. Fergit it

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        Kwonton RE: hazelhurst Feb 24, 2009 08:29 AM

        It can't hurt to pay a little extra. it will help the farmers keep going and bring you more (and BETTER) crawfish down the line, right?

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          hazelhurst RE: Kwonton Feb 25, 2009 06:22 AM

          I have no problem supporting the locals but I will wait for the price to come down and the size to get better. I usually wait until a friend in BAzile starts pulling them. On a related matter, someone was on WWL yesterday morning, between Parade Progress reports, representing the Seafood Industry and he said it would be a good year. but he did leave himself an out stating he expected it to pick up as the weather warms---no kidding?---

    2. edible complex RE: hazelhurst Feb 23, 2009 02:13 PM

      paid $3.75 lb for hot, boiled, and juicy at RiverPond on Airline. flavor was fantastic.
      could be worse, they're $11.75 lb on the east coast of FLA.

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        James Cristinian RE: edible complex Feb 24, 2009 05:34 PM

        We're paying 5.99 plus in Houston. I noticed you mentioned hot. I was in New Orleans pre-Katrina in March and hit Deanie's in Bucktown and Bozo's in Metairie, both places served warm to cool crawfish. Adding insult to injury, the oysters on the half shell at Deanie's were described to me as pasteurized, from Florida. They were disgusting. I'm not trying to pick on your city, everywhere else we dined was outstanding, as was the fried seafood at Deanie's, and the river catfish and shrimp at Bozo's.

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          edible complex RE: James Cristinian Feb 24, 2009 06:51 PM

          I haven't eaten at Deanie's in probably 25 yrs, for a reason.
          now Bozo's has great La. oysters!

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        roro1831 RE: hazelhurst Feb 25, 2009 05:31 AM

        When the N.O. themed place up here starts to sell them, they will I'm sure be at least $9 pound (that's what they charge last year), and only available on Tuesday. They are marginal at best. I think I may just have to ship up a couple of sacks and have my own boil.

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          edible complex RE: roro1831 Feb 25, 2009 06:08 AM

          call RiverPond Seafood.
          504-833-7663. 1601 Airline Dr Metairie, LA 70001

        2. nikinik RE: hazelhurst Feb 25, 2009 02:46 PM

          I go to Salvo's seafood on Wednesday nights for all you can eat crawfish, snow crab and shrimp for $26.99. Can't beat it.

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            nolapark RE: hazelhurst Feb 26, 2009 10:20 AM

            not sure about buying em already boiled but I got a sack from KJean's on Sunday for $3/lb and they were huge, clean and extremely tasty...but I boiled them myself and ate them while lounging by the pool- so that may have affected the taste!

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              edible complex RE: nolapark Feb 26, 2009 10:38 AM

              ain't life grand in the big easy! poolside in Feb...gotta love it.

            2. paz5559 RE: hazelhurst Mar 1, 2009 01:59 PM

              Not all great food is reproducible, or even available, in different regions. Sometimes, when you live somewhere other than the home of a particular dish, you make allowances. I have learned to use the phrase "... for New Orleans" in those instances. Good pizza "for New Orleans." Good Chinese food "for New Orleans." Good boudin "for New Orleans." Good bagels "for New Orleans" (there is, IMHO, no such animal). But until I tried Hawk's, a true Mecca of mudbugs, I didn't even realize I was compromising my palate by sampling only the local version of what I previously believed to be "good" boiled crawfish.

              http://blog.nola.com/brettanderson/20...

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