Best boiled Crawfish please!?
Will be in NO this Thursday for 3 nights and my fondest memory of my last trip (12 years ago) was siting at the ACME Oyster bar slurping down oysters and eating the crawfish. If memory serves me correctly, I believe that they had the crawfish delivered so they didn't always have them. And to be fair, I am not the best judge as I am from CT but holy cow they were good. But I do love a good crawfish boil so any help finding these little pieces of delight would surely appreciated. We will be staying in the Quarter and have a car if we need to travel. Thanks in advance for your help!
First off, do not eat boiled crawfish in the Quarter, for unless someone knows of a place otherwise, I haven't seen or heard of anyone there with crawfish less than at least 2X what you'll pay outside of the Quarter. The closest place might be Cajun Seafood right where Rampart turns into St. Claude. Otherwise, downriver, you could hit Captain Sal's on St. Claude or upriver, you could try Fisherman's Cove.
re: Hungry Celeste
Seconding Seither's. I've always had good luck there for fresh, hot crawfish and I like their spice level. Only downside is they got rid of the draft beer. I also like Sal's. If you don't want to go as far, Big Fisherman on Magazine has consistently good product, but it generally costs twice as much as anywhere else.
Agree FQ crawfish tend to be way overpriced. If you really require the convenience, you might want to try the stalls in the French Market.
Agree on Big Fisherman and Zimmer's. Haven't yet tried Sal's or Seither's, but I will get to them.
Easy to get to from the Quarter on the Canal streetcar is K-Jean on Carrollton and Bienville. They do an excellent boil.
The reason I will not go to Cajun, although it's blocks from where I live is that when they first opened, they were selling boiled crawfish -- OUT OF SEASON!!!! A mortal sin.
Hi LVI - I am from CT too (Manchester). If you HAVE to stay in the quarter..The French Market Restaurant (Decatur) is the best and reasonable for crawfish. Their fried shrimp is the best - substitute the creole potatoes for fries - yummy. I lived around the corner from there and ate there a lot.
Dine in: the Galley on Metairie Road.
Take out: Big Fisherman
3301 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70115
Schaeffer and Rusich
1726 Lake Ave
Metairie, LA 70005
Unless you're in the Quarter on Saturday or Sunday and check out the boil at Turtle Bay on Decatur Street (around 3pm until they run out) -- 3 pounds plus extras for $12. Damn fine deal.
Thanks to all for your help. Just returned and have a quick summary. Thank you Ambiance for the French Market Restaurant. It was excellent and in terms of price I guess they were ok. But the spice, size and really excellent staff truly made the experience well worth going.
On Saturday we saw a guy boiling the bugs outside JägerHaus. Figured they couldnt be all that bad. Well, they really were not bad just wouldn't recommend them. Fine to grap a ltr of ber and eat if you really need to scratch the itch otherwise skip.
Finally, on the way out of NO headed to MSY we stopped at Big Fisherman yesterday. They were very good, nice spice and loved the store, just wish I could have shipped some stuff home. Not sure they were all that much better than FMR but if you are in the neighborhood and have a taste for crawfish it is well worth seeking out.
As far as restaurants we went to Camilla Grill one morn (LOVE the chef omelette and how light those eggs get when blended), Cafe DuMonde twice (yes I am a tourist so why not?) and it is an experience not a huge fan though, Mr Bs (excellent BBQ shrimp and Rabbit, thought yaya was excellent in flavor but was way to tepid in temp), Herbsaint (excellent although I wouldn't necessarily say it was a quintessential NO experience), Emerils (6 of the 8 in our part wanted to go. Will say it continues to pump out outstanding food/experience. Best ever? Not even close but too many people bash this place and it does not deserve anything less than very good to excellent marks). And finally, is there anything that I can say that has not been repeated over and over about the charcoal grilled oysters at Felix's? I wish I made it to Casamentos for comparison but God help me if lived in NO. Those oysters are made of the things of dreams. Simply THE BEST, hands down, bite of my trip. All 3 times I went.