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Where to Eat Dallas’s Best Crawfish

Spicy and saucy, this Cajun staple is best enjoyed on a patio with beer

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The arrival of spring in Dallas means a lot of things — blooming flowers, bizarre weather, allergies — but really only one hallmark of the season truly matters: crawfish. This seasonally available Cajun staple, at its height between February and May, is best consumed with lots of beer on a breezy patio.

To be sure, the crawfish in Dallas doesn't even come close to rivaling the mudbugs served in New Orleans, but when a craving strikes, these restaurants will definitely satisfy. Without further ado, check out these 8 establishments serving up the best crawfish in Dallas and beyond.

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Tasty Tails

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The owners of Tasty Tails hail from New Orleans, so you know they know what’s up. The bugs here are boiled to perfection, then tossed with a perfectly spicy blend of flavors. Order online via the restaurant’s website.

The Crab Station - Carrollton

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Tucked into a busy Carrollton shopping center, the Crab Station serves up excellent boiled seafood, and crawfish is no exception. For a serious seafood feast, order Sack #5, a decadent combo that involves six pounds of crawfish, three pounds of shrimp, and four snow crab clusters, plus corn, potatoes, and sausage. Order online via the restaurant’s website.

Nate's Seafood & Steakhouse

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This Addison seafood spot’s been boiling up crawfish for years, and they’ve got a damn fine formula. The crawfish here is nice and spicy, and can be amped up with a couple shots of “extra turbo” seasoning. Add corn and potatoes, mushrooms, or sausage on the side for the full feast. Want to cook your own crawfish? Nate’s sells ‘em by the sack for DIY boils at home.

The Boiling Crab

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There’s a reason that having dinner at The Boiling Crab means waiting in line for hours, and that’s because it’s arguably the best purveyor of boiled seafood in town. There are plenty of flavor options and other, non-crawfish offerings, but your best bet is just to eat as many pounds of crawfish tossed in their trademark “Whole Sha-Bang” seasoning as humanly possible.

Ragin Crab

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Crawfish slathered in six different types of seasonings and sauces, ranging from classic Louisiana Cajun spice to garlic butter, are available at this Greenville Avenue seafood spot. Looking for extra-spicy mudbugs? Go for the “turbo-charged” heat level.

Shell Shack

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With multiple DFW locations, Shell Shack can pretty much always satisfy the need for spicy crawfish (or crab, or shrimp). Ask for the kitchen to drench a couple pounds of crawfish in garlic, Cajun, or lemon-pepper seasoning, or go whole hog with “the Kitchen Sink,” a blend of all three. Heat levels, which range from mild to diablo, can also be customized.

Krio Bishop Arts

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Available by the pound at this Cajun-Asian eatery in the Bishop Arts District, crawfish are slathered in a spicy, buttery, garlicky sauce. There’s also “Connie’s sauce,” which brings together Cajun spices, coconut milk, and green onion for a fresh take on this classic.

Bon Crawfish Hut

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For people who are really into spicy crawfish, this spot is a must. In addition to the spicy boils, find crawfish po’ boys, crawfish alfredo pasta, and more.

Tasty Tails

The owners of Tasty Tails hail from New Orleans, so you know they know what’s up. The bugs here are boiled to perfection, then tossed with a perfectly spicy blend of flavors. Order online via the restaurant’s website.

The Crab Station - Carrollton

Tucked into a busy Carrollton shopping center, the Crab Station serves up excellent boiled seafood, and crawfish is no exception. For a serious seafood feast, order Sack #5, a decadent combo that involves six pounds of crawfish, three pounds of shrimp, and four snow crab clusters, plus corn, potatoes, and sausage. Order online via the restaurant’s website.

Nate's Seafood & Steakhouse

This Addison seafood spot’s been boiling up crawfish for years, and they’ve got a damn fine formula. The crawfish here is nice and spicy, and can be amped up with a couple shots of “extra turbo” seasoning. Add corn and potatoes, mushrooms, or sausage on the side for the full feast. Want to cook your own crawfish? Nate’s sells ‘em by the sack for DIY boils at home.

The Boiling Crab

There’s a reason that having dinner at The Boiling Crab means waiting in line for hours, and that’s because it’s arguably the best purveyor of boiled seafood in town. There are plenty of flavor options and other, non-crawfish offerings, but your best bet is just to eat as many pounds of crawfish tossed in their trademark “Whole Sha-Bang” seasoning as humanly possible.

Ragin Crab

Crawfish slathered in six different types of seasonings and sauces, ranging from classic Louisiana Cajun spice to garlic butter, are available at this Greenville Avenue seafood spot. Looking for extra-spicy mudbugs? Go for the “turbo-charged” heat level.

Shell Shack

With multiple DFW locations, Shell Shack can pretty much always satisfy the need for spicy crawfish (or crab, or shrimp). Ask for the kitchen to drench a couple pounds of crawfish in garlic, Cajun, or lemon-pepper seasoning, or go whole hog with “the Kitchen Sink,” a blend of all three. Heat levels, which range from mild to diablo, can also be customized.

Krio Bishop Arts

Available by the pound at this Cajun-Asian eatery in the Bishop Arts District, crawfish are slathered in a spicy, buttery, garlicky sauce. There’s also “Connie’s sauce,” which brings together Cajun spices, coconut milk, and green onion for a fresh take on this classic.

Bon Crawfish Hut

For people who are really into spicy crawfish, this spot is a must. In addition to the spicy boils, find crawfish po’ boys, crawfish alfredo pasta, and more.

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