Right now is the beginning of crawfish season in Texas. This means it’s time to seek out spicy mudbug boils with potatoes, sausage, and corn, special crawfish dishes like etouffee or po’ boys, or even live freshwater crustaceans by the pound to boil on your own.
Here is Eater’s guide to Austin’s best bets for the seasonal tradition. This means regular crawfish boils from Crawfish Shack & Oyster Bar, crawfish cakes from Big Easy Bar and Grill, Viet-Cajun takes from Le Bleu, and plenty of crawfish etouffee.
Remember: prime crawfish season tends to run from March through May, though boils sometimes still happen in June. Perfect those peeling skills now.
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