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Cajun And Crawfish, anyone? [Westchester area]

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Does anyone know any good Cajun restaurants with crawfish in either Westchester or Fairfield County? The 2 I've tried are so-so, but I really want the GOOD spicy foods with the funky entrees (crawfish, frogs legs, etoufee, gumbo, gator...)
Would LOVE input!

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  1. There's the Bayou in Mt. Vernon (Fleetwood section on Gramatan Ave) and the Bayou North in Ridgefield, CT. I think their crawfish boils are only seasonal, but they have a lot of the other dishes you want. Great live music too and a fun vibe!

    http://www.bayourestaurantny.com/

    Edit: Correction! Yes - they have crawfish on their starters menu - called "Mudbugs # 1" - 1 lb and "Mudbug Mania" - a three-pound crawfish boil! :o)

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    1. re: Sra. Swanky

      Ditto on The Bayou in Mt. Vernon. I haven't been recently, but I have gone off and on since they first opened. I have always had great meals there. Good Mudbugs too. The live music is fantastic too.

      1. re: JMF

        I've been going to the Bayou since... mid 90's I guess. 95, 96, maybe? I still like them, but they're not what they used to be.

      2. re: Sra. Swanky

        Any crawfish you get will be frozen and possibly shipped from China. It's almost impossible to get them cooked live around here and even in New Orleans, they are only in season from around March - June (or something like that).

        I love the Bayou for its fun ambiance, but it is hardly authentic Cajun I am afraid.

        1. re: jcmods

          Ok good to know. I'll have to make it down there in the Spring one of these days! (NOLA I mean!)

          1. re: Sra. Swanky

            jcmods- I picked up ten pounds of live crawfish from Lousiana at a local at H-mart in June.

            Crawfish can be found as early as January. It just depends upon the year and weather. But after August the shells get real hard and the meat gets skimpy for a few months.

            When the Bayou first opened they were very authentic. Their chef was from Lousiana and I had actually eaten at a restaurant he cooked at in NOLA before he came to NY. But after their kitchen fire many years ago the chef left, I think to go back home. I don't know if it is as good, or authentic now.

            1. re: JMF

              A friend of ours took advantage of the live crawfish at H Mart. It's practically the only time I have heard of it in Westchester. There are probably a couple of places in Manhattan that might do it for a weekend (one of them was a bar on the lower east side called Park Tavern....but who knows if that is a regular thing.).

              I have heard that the food at Bayou was really good once. Now it is just okay and I am pretty sure a lot of things are made from mixes. The red beans and rice are okay. But I have seen them getting deliveries of frozen crawfish. Maybe some day they will get a real chef in there.

      3. Try Rye Roadhouse (in Rye!). They have aligator, gumbo, etouffee, crawfish, catfish, jambalaya, and great fried chicken.

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        1. re: Maryld

          Wow. Never heard of this. Same problem with out of season crawfish, but the menu looks okay. I may have to give them a try.

          http://ryeroadhouse.com/rrh-dinner.html