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Looking for Crawfish

bkhuna Apr 30, 2009 09:23 AM

I'm looking anywhere in Central Florida for a source of crawfish meat.

I won't buy Chinese product so don't even recommend a place that carries that noxious, toxic drek.

I struck out at Orlando's preeminent seafood market (no names mentioned) but Orlando foodies will know who they are. They said they can't find a consistent and reliable American source. No one is forcing them to carry it, but hey, if they think a few dollars profit is worth it, I'll gladly go elsewhere. No biggie.

So fellow food hounds, anyone know of a place that has domestic crawfish meat or am I stuck going the more expensive mail order route?


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    TomFl RE: bkhuna May 1, 2009 06:45 AM

    Try Clayton's Seafood,Rockledge,US 1.

    Between Melbourne and orlando.

    They order them live from La.for around a month near Mardi Gras.

    Probably have the tails,also.

    Call petty's-in the Orlando area.


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      bkhuna RE: TomFl May 1, 2009 10:14 AM

      I go by Clayton's frequently and don't recall having seen frozen crawfish but then again, I wasn't really looking.

      I had forgotten about Petty's but think I'll give them a call. Thanks for jogging my memory.

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        melpadilla RE: bkhuna Jun 2, 2009 08:55 AM

        Where is Clayton's?

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        bkhuna RE: TomFl May 7, 2009 07:01 PM

        I went by Clayton's today and they no longer carry frozen tail meat. They did have frozen, whole, cooked crawfish, but I don't care for them frozen. The fat can get rancid and it's not worth the $$$ to find out.

        I did stop by Petty's in Suntree to pick up provisions and they don't carry tail meat either.

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          Monasmenagerie RE: bkhuna May 30, 2009 06:10 AM

          I heard Clayton's was being sold. Glad to hear a developer didn't buy it and bulldoze it! Do you know if they still ahev their killer blue crab available?

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            bkhuna RE: Monasmenagerie May 30, 2009 07:30 AM

            Yes they have blue crab.

            I was in there the other day and they had a few dozen live softshells. Time to make some Po' boys!

      3. CFByrne RE: bkhuna May 2, 2009 11:56 AM

        BTW this is NOT a good year for crawfish. They are heavily affected by the weather and it was not good conditions in the bayous apparently. The season was late in starting and they have been small and expensive, signs of short supply. Peak season is usually mid May so perhaps there will be some kind of last-minute "reprieve" but I'm just guessing here.


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          vadinne RE: bkhuna May 4, 2009 01:40 PM

          If you're craving cooked crawfish... I'd recommend going to the Celt and Harp pub in downtown orlando. There's a boil ever Tuesday and Saturday (check for times) and it's fantastic! Fresh crawfish is flown in and it's only about 7$ per pound. Delish!


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            CFishman RE: vadinne Jun 2, 2009 05:04 PM

            I saw big live crawfish at Cox Seafood in Tampa the other day.

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            1stmakearoux RE: bkhuna Aug 20, 2009 06:10 AM

            I've seen frozen crawfish tails at our local Publix supermarket on occasion. Maybe if you ask them, they can get it.

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              theresheblowws RE: 1stmakearoux Aug 21, 2009 08:15 PM

              I live south, but we went by Publix a few weeks ago looking for it . They didnt have any in but they said they could order it and have it in a few days.

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                JoshRogan RE: theresheblowws Sep 22, 2009 07:28 AM

                Yes, they are Chinese, the worst ones, they are tasteless!!

            2. SenorSuarez RE: bkhuna Aug 26, 2009 06:30 PM

              Lombardi's Seafood Market used to get in live ones. I haven't been there in years though... did they move their store from Altamonte to Winter Park?

              1. pdpredtide RE: bkhuna Aug 27, 2009 05:16 AM

                i ve been to new orleans cajun seafood on pine hills and colonial they have crawfish and crabs

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                  CFByrne RE: pdpredtide Aug 27, 2009 06:13 AM


                  Live LA crawfish season runs appx from Jan through July with the peak around May.

                  Anything you get now is going to be long frozen - and whole crawdads are notorious for NOT taking to freezing and thawing very well.

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                    pdpredtide RE: CFByrne Aug 27, 2009 07:03 AM

                    i agree . it is not crawfish season! wait till next year monsieurs et madames

                2. CFByrne RE: bkhuna May 19, 2010 04:29 AM

                  It's not Central FL - but in Delray this weekend there's a guy who trucks down hundreds of pounds and sells them from his yard by the sack. He also has a party/boil on Saturday evening. This guy does this about twice a year, mostly for his own fun I think.

                  He used to own a Sign Company and the house is right next door. It's right around NE 13th Street and N Federal Highway. I can provide more specific info if anyone is interested.

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                    pdpredtide RE: CFByrne Aug 5, 2010 03:59 PM

                    a new crawfish place opened on Mills Ave owned by a Vietnamese family, the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Weekly just covered them recently (what a coincidence)

                    King Cajun Crawfish of Orlando
                    914 N. Mills Avenue Orlando, FL, 32803 | Phone: (407) 704-8863

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                      rgcblackie RE: pdpredtide Aug 6, 2010 11:23 AM

                      I can also recommend King Cajun Crawfish of Orlando. Call ahead if you're going on a Sunday, though, 'cause they usually sell out of crawfish Saturday nights.

                      If you want a "complete" boil, you'll need to tell them to throw an order of potatoes and/or corn into the pot when they are cooking your crawfish.

                      One last thing. They have this awesome garlic sauce that they throw on top of the crawfish. According to the owner, it's a partcularly Louisiana-Vietnamese thing. If that's not YOUR thing, then tell them ahead of time not to put some on yor dish. I love it, however, so it's definitely MY thing.

                      Hope this helps!!!

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                      SFLCajun83 RE: CFByrne Mar 7, 2014 08:58 AM

                      I see your comment is quite old, but do you know if this guy still does this and possibly how to get in touch with him??? I am closer to Delray than Orlando anyway

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                      gfr1111 RE: bkhuna Mar 7, 2014 08:56 PM

                      You have not specified whether you are looking for fresh or frozen crawfish, but I assume frozen is acceptable, since that is the way most crawfish meat is sold in this country.

                      I live in Tampa and I know you can get bags of frozen crawfish meat at Cox's Seafood on Dale Mabry in Tampa. I am sure that other seafood places also sell it frozen in Orlando. I believe that this is not a problem.

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