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I'm staying downtown for a week and was wondering if Crawfish are in season? Anywhere downtown walkable that boils them up right?

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  1. Way too early for Crawfish season. The only place that has them yearround though is Crawfish Shack in North Austin/Pflugerville.

    1. Boiling Pot on 6th Street 100 yards west of I35 does Cajun pot cooking, But the menu says "Crawfish (When Available)". Crayfish is not in season until February - March. Might still be an option for you for things other than crayfish

      http://theboilingpotonline.com/

      -sw (who hates the word "craWfish)

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      1. re: sqwertz

        Boiling pot closed

        1. re: amykragan

          When I Googled the term "boiling pot austin" Google autocomplete wanted to finish it with "...closed" but I didn't find anything immediate indicating it was closed. but I did look half-assedly. Thanks :-)

          -sw

        2. re: sqwertz

          sqertz - I assume, then, that you use the term mudbugs when dining with the hoi polloi!

          A good while back, I went to a place on Wells Branch that had them at a weird time, I asked them, and they said that their source that time of year was from Missouri. They were shaped a little different in the tail....more of a fan-shape than the ones I'm used to. I'm just so used to not thinking about them until January, I never really search for them. But come January, I really start to crave them.

          As I was writing that last sentence, I just remembered that I saw them precooked at an HEB for $2.99/lb. I was thinking "that might work in a pinch." They are in the cold case, and you'd have to heat them. I had them a few years ago, and they weren't that bad and reasonably spiced for HEB.

          I also just remembered and old storey....perhaps I told it before. There used to be a Jazz on the Lake - It was kinda cool because you'd have to drive up to the end Enfield and they'd take you over on a boat-ferry. Anyhow, once, they had an ad in the Chronicle that said "All You Can Eat Crawfish!" Well, I could eat abut six or seven pounds back then, so I was intrigued. I called to ask how much. A kinda surly guy said "$6.99 a pound," so I was flummoxed. I said "Well, I could go to McDonalds and get all I can eat Big Macs for $3 each." He said "well go to McDonalds" and hung up on me. I didn't go.........

          Forgive me if I've told you the story before!

          1. re: rudeboy

            I call them crayfish - just like I typed twice in my post.

            And don't call me skirtz! :-P

            -sw

            1. re: sqwertz

              Yes, I know that's the way you typed it in your post, which is why I thought my reply was all the more funny (to me). Sorry for the mis-type on your handle.....or nickname, or avitar, or whatever the hell it it called!

              1. re: rudeboy

                Now I get it (duh). "Mudbugs" I hate even worse :-) Speaking of caryfish-like animals, I once asked here about the langostino meats at Costco. I finally broke down and got some and I found them just nyeh. Even though they claim not to be treated, the things exuded huge amounts of moisture and shrunk like crazy.

                Anybody tried the Trader Joe's version?

                -sw

              2. re: sqwertz

                I went to Costa Rica once, and on the menu there was something called "Crow Fish". It was in some sort of seafood pasta, I think.
                I asked, thinking this must be some local fish, and the waiter replied, "it is like a little lobster"....
                Ahh, the things that get lost in translation.

              3. re: rudeboy

                I'm always of the mind that if you are going to eat a classic Cajun dish, you should use the classic Cajun name. That would be "crawfish". "Crawdad" is preferred in the panhandle and north to Oklahoma, and so also acceptable IMHO.
                I tend to regard restaurants that use "crayfish" the same as those that use "country fried" instead of "chicken fried" - with suspicion.

            2. Though it is a bit early to find truely fresh Austropotamobius pallipes i am sure some of the places will contiue to have them on the menu. Now the chance of them being "boiled up right" I wouldnt really bet on.

              Stuffed does it right but it isnt even close to downtown..

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              1. re: girloftheworld

                They come from China year round. But they're terrible. Precooked, dry, meatless, crap. Not that I'm a crayfish fan even when they ARE in season and local. I can leave them.

                -sw

                1. re: sqwertz

                  if you are in town for a week.. our lovely town has much better things to offer...

                  1. re: sqwertz

                    I can only imagine what those little buggers "marinade" in over in their muddy chinese haunts. Arsenic anyone? mmmmmm