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Looking for Crawfish

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?

Thanks.

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  1. 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.

    Tom

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    1. re: TomFl

      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.

      1. re: TomFl

        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.

        1. re: bkhuna

          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?

          1. re: Monasmenagerie

            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!

      2. 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.

        http://www.houmatoday.com/article/200...

        1. 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!

          V.

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          1. re: vadinne

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

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            1. 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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              1. re: 1stmakearoux

                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.

                1. re: theresheblowws

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