Crawfish, Crayfish, Crawdaddies, Mudbugs … whatever the name, each spring I find myself searching the metro area for some spicy ones! A truly seasonal item, these happy little crustaceans burrow down in the mud until springtime when they crawl out for romance. They need the warm coastal climates to survive, so they are only found in the southernmost areas of the country with the largest harvests from Louisiana. If you’re craving crawfish, we’ve found some Atlanta locations that can hook you up.
Cajun Gulf Seafood 745 Cobb Parkway, Marietta 770-575-3222
Crawfish Shack Seafood 4337 Buford Highway, Atlanta 404-329-1610
Marietta Crawfish & Seafood 1420 Roswell Road, Marietta 770-971-7070
Southern Seafood Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur 770-236-6673
Several local restaurants, particularly committed to honoring the mudbug, hold weekly crawfish boils throughout the season. These restaurants regularly update their Facebook pages with current information about prices and other specials. For a regular fix, check out:
A.J.’s Famous Seafood and PoBoys: This authentic Cajun eatery brings out the mudbugs for you on Wednesday nights. Pull up a chair and start pinching those tails. (ajsseafood.net)
Henry’s Louisiana Grill: The charismatic Chef Henry parties through crawfish season at his namesake restaurant in the North Atlanta neighborhood of Acworth. His Wednesday night boils also feature live crawfish races with proceeds benefitting the Georgia Transplant Foundation. Reservations recommended. (www.chefhenrys.com)
Special Events and Menus
Blue Moon Beltline Boil: Atlanta’s newest addition to the festival scene celebrates the thriving Inman Park and Fourth Ward neighborhoods in a 2-day boil, April 5th & 6th, at the Fourth Ward Skate Park. Live music and local restaurants compete in a charity boil competition. Tickets available online for individual days or as a weekend packet. (beltlineboil.com)
South City Kitchen Vinings: Head to the patio on April 10th for an old-fashioned Louisiana-style crawfish boil including corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, andouille sausage, $3 Abita drafts and $5 Hurricanes. (vinings.southcitykitchen.com)
Watershed on Peachtree: A Louisiana native, Chef Joe Truex incorporates traditional Cajun/Creole dishes whenever possible, especially during crawfish season. On the menu now— Fried green tomatoes with popcorn crawfish, Joe’s Jambalaya with crawfish étouffée, crawfish crab étouffée and biscuit, and seafood mélange with River View Farm grits, bacon, gulf shrimp, grouper, crawfish, crabmeat. (watershedrestaurant.com)
The season may be short but there’s plenty of time to get a platter in front of you. Don’t miss out on the annual carnival of crawfish!