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Jun 17, 2009 07:51 PM

Best boiled crawfish in French Quarter

We don't have a car and would love to sit down to a massive amount of mud bugs, we'll be staying just off Canal St. and Magazine St. - are there any great places? Casual too.

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  1. The Big Fisherman is off of Magazine Street. Buy em by the sack/pound and go promptly to The Fly (Audubon Park) just off of the river, grab a blanket and enjoy. You can take the streetcar down St. Charles, but will have to have a cab to get to the park. Not too many places in the Quarter I can think of. Next closest place is in Midcity and I cannot think of the name.

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    1. re: ScarlettNola

      K Jean's mid city maybe?

      I know ernst in the CBD was doing crawfish earlier-may be a bit late in the season, now

      1. re: chef4hire

        Yes, that is what i was trying to think of. It seems the last time I drove by, they were substantially cheaper than the Big Fisherman.

        1. re: ScarlettNola

          You could get to KJean (on Carrollton by the American Can Co building) on the streetcar. But I'd have to echo how late it is. The bugs I had at a backyard boil a month ago were already hard to peel.

          1. re: jamy

            Yes indeed. It is too hot, too late, and the crawfish are way too hard to peel. Why not have boiled shrimp or crabs? Both are very good in mid-late June.

            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              I'm very glad, in the Public Interest, that you said that. It pains me to see people being fleeced in June or even May by vendors selling armored crawfish, with shells like Tiger tanks. Besides, I heard from my shrimp people in Grand Isle that the shrimp are all over the place right now and crabmeat is really coming up rosey. The crawfish draw is great for the State but let's be reasonable.(The flip of this is when people complain about shells in crabmeat in is not rocket science.)

              1. re: hazelhurst

                In Golden Meadow this weekend: 16-20, fresh off the boat, for $2.50 a pound. This is a ridiculously low price. Time to go on an all-shrimp diet.

                1. re: Hungry Celeste

                  That's heaven to me - shrimp, shrimp and more shrimp. My favorite dishes in Nola these past few days was a shrimp po-boy at Ernst Cafe, Shrimp n grits at Cochon and peel and eat shrimp at Mike Anderson's Seafood! I guess I favor shrimp big time.

    2. Yo Mama's on St. Peter across from Pat O's has great crawfish boiled on Thurs thru Sun at 1:00, 3:00, and 6:00. It is the end of the season now so he may have stopped.

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      1. re: Panama Hat

        Since you are staying by Canel street, try Deanie's restaurant in the FQ, Casual dinning. Deanie's sell the crawfish by the pound. Enjoy.

      2. Thanks all, we called around and ate some great crawfish on the river at Crazy Lobster next to RiverWalk. They were awesome, a few with too hard shell to squeeze and suck the head but that was only a few and you have to remember, we're from New England so my boiled crawfish craving was satisfied perfectly. Need to get down here in spring next year so we can really get our fill at the best time.

        Funny, after a full belly of lunch coming back to our resort - the bar across the street Chuck's is having FREE crawfish today. Not sure how good but I was a bit bummed. They smell soooooooo good!!!

        1. Yo mamas bar and grill boils them right on the sidewalk and sells them they are soooooo good. best in quarter i have found. They only do this during crawfish season.