4 Places To Find Decent Crawfish In Dallas
When I was a kid, the best eating of the year was crawfish season. My people are from Louisiana, so at least once a year, someone was buying several cases of beer and a few hundred pounds of crawfish for a big-ass party. The crawfish of my childhood were cooked in huge boiling of pots of water by my grandfather and most recently my uncle, spiced with so much Louisiana Crab Boil that the steam burned your eyes. And they were the best damn crawfish I've ever had, every single time.
In Dallas, I haven't fared so well. Every seafood restaurant in town posts a big sign in front of their doors announcing "WE HAVE CRAWFISH," but it usually ends up being overpriced and overcooked and bland, just poor imitations of the slap-yo-mama spicy and juicy 'bugs I remember.
Now that the crawfish season is just starting, a blogger at ILiveInDallas put together his list of best crawfish in town, but my Louisianan sensibilities scoff at his selections -- Dodie's, Big Shucks, and Aw Shucks (these two are basically the same place!) in Dallas, Nate's Seafood in Addison and Flying Fish in University Park.
None of these joints are worthy of the title "best crawfish in Dallas," and only one cracks my top five. In fact, I've been to all of these joints, and I couldn't even come up with five places I would recommend to people. Especially not displaced Louisianans. If you're looking for the real deal, these four crawfish spots may not be just like they are at home, but they'll satisfy your cravings until you can finally make that trip back to New Orleans.
Courtesy of TJ'S Seafood Market Facebook Page
It should come as no surprise that the Oak Lawn location of Dallas' best seafood market is also the best place in town to get crawfish. Every Sunday, TJ's hosts a crawfish boil that is pretty comparable to home-boiled 'bugs, just in a fancier setting than the beer flats on a tailgate that I'm used to. The crawfish here could be a little spicier, but the tails are always pretty big and they're perfectly cooked.