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Best place to eat crawfish

I'll be visiting NO in mid April and was wondering if anyone had a suggestion for a good place to eat some crawfish. I'll be staying in the FQ but I'm not opposed to going outside the quarter.

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  1. Probably the Galley on Metairie Road, maybe Charlie's in Harahan, not sure if they serve them though. Not many places serve them, quite a challenge in the confines of a restaurant kitchen. Works better in the great outdoors.

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    1. re: CharlieH

      Charlie's Seafood on Jefferson Hwy. in Harahan does served boiled crawfish, as well as crabs and shrimp. Had some there yesterday.

    2. Yo Mama's in the 700 block Saint Peter--across from Pat O's. I'm Cajun and can never remember not eating crawfish. These are real, real good. They boil them Thurs thru Sun at 1:00, 3:00, and 6:00.

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      1. re: Panama Hat

        If you like good bars go to The Bulldog on Magazine and buy your crawfish from Big Fisherman across the street. Take them back to The Bulldog and eat on their outdoor patio. Great place. It was packed last weekend. Must have been a lot of beer drinkers and crawfish eaters.

        1. re: Littleman

          The Bulldog is under new management and have prohibited taking in outside food, because they also serve food. This is a recent development and many of my friends and acquaintances are very annoyed by it!

          1. re: noradeirdre

            Wow this is sad news about the Bulldog! we were so looking forward to that outdoor crawfish eatin' in a few weeks !!!

            1. re: piglet3000

              Give 'em a call to double check... would be good for them to know that this decision will impact their business.

            2. re: noradeirdre

              Wow. That is terrible news. That was one of my favorite things about the Bulldog during this season. That's a shame.

              1. re: gastrotect

                Now I'm all nervous that it's just a rumor! Definitely check in about it. But I was talking to "industry" people (beer industry) while at the Bulldog when it came up. They were voicing their disappointment as well.

        2. Here's a link to crawfish cook outs by Harrah's at Fulton Square. Scroll down to Bugs, Buds and Bands.

          http://www.neworleansonline.com/news/...

          1. If you have a car, Salvos in Belle Chasse.

            I promise its worth the short trip.

            1. Jump in rental car, head over bridge to Westbank. Drive to Barataria. Take the left and look for Sal's Seafood on the right. Get there right around noon and wait for a hot batch to come out. Pure heaven!

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              Sal's Seafood
              1512 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA

              1. Walk across Canal on N Peters. Cross Canal and go about 5/6 blocks on S Peters to Ernst Cafe. It's on the S corner next to a vacant lot where some construction is going on. The Manning's are building a sports bar there.

                Ernst is smoke free, has outdoor dining, they have crawfish and it's over 100 years old. The Happy Hour is outstanding. If you get bored there walk a block W to Girod and take a right and go two blocks N to Lucy's. There's outdoor drinking there too.

                Ernst Cafe @ 600 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 8544.
                http://ernstcafe.net/

                Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995.
                www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/neworleans/

                For future reference Emeril's and Tommy's Cuisine are within a block or two. That's a good area to visit. Good luck.

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                1. re: Littleman

                  Ernst crawfish are Fridays from 4PM til? You get two pounds for $5 and the Abita beer is a buck (I think). Sometimes they do them mid-week but the only way I know is if they send me a Facebook message.

                2. Today I went to a place called Smitty's in Kenner at the intersection of West Esplanade and Williams Blvd. I found the hot boiled crawfish to be delicious and very affordable! However, if you're staying in the FQ, and you would rather not have to drive too far (even if you aren't opposed to it), you may want to just go to Deanie's. They have boiled crawfish, and it's pretty tasty!

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                  Deanie's Restaurant
                  7350 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126

                  1. Thank you everyone for your help. I plan on checking out more than one of your suggestions.

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                    1. re: GeorgeGlass

                      the drive to Sal's on the Westbank is about 15 minutes from Downtown. Easy to get to and worth it. If you want to experience an old fashioned "Seafood Shack" where they are boiling out back and cleaning/separating the crawfish as they come in this is the place.

                      Oysters, crabs, crawfish, shrimp, corn, taters, stuffed artichokes, crab dip that goes great on the boiled potato's as well. Ice cold beer, newpaper on the table and clean up consisting of getting old shells and piles outta there with a dust pan add to the "experience." I hope you give it a run.

                      1. re: mcegielski

                        Sounds good mcegielski. I have relatives visiting soon and was planning to pick up some from K-Jeans. How do these compare? I prefer them very spicy.

                        1. re: JazzyB

                          i have not had K Jeans in a couple of years. Sal's is spicy. Not super spicy but they have some kick. They have great sides too, The crawfish deviled eggs are great and the crab dip spread onto the boiled potato's is ridiculous. it's a great expereince fro out of towners.

                    2. Try Live Bait on Old Hammond Highway. I had some last weekend and they were awesome!

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                      1. re: bonesrus

                        do they have live music at Live Bait?

                      2. Franky and Johnny's has good crawfish.

                        Franky and Johnny's @ 321 Arabella Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 899 - 9146.
                        http://www.frankyandjohnnys.com/

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                          1. re: kevin25

                            If you are looking for music with your crawfish, there's a place on Frenchmen (I think it's Maison, but check the running crawfish boil thread to make sure) that does crawfish on Thursday night and there's music, I believe.

                        1. I have a running thread about which bars/restaurants are holding boils on which nights during crawfish season - feel free to check it out...
                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774408

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                          1. K Jeans! Carrollton @ Bienville. Get some of the best crawfish (select grade) here and take 'em to City Park to eat under the oaks. Idyllic place and food. Make sure to clean up your mess, tho.

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                            1. re: goodbee

                              Yeah, I offer up another vote for K-Jeans in mid city. Delicious ;)