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Learning the Ways of the Crawfish Boil at Toon's Bar & Grill

Chicago Joe Roy 5 comments

I was lucky enough to snag a ticket and get a behind the scenes look at just what goes into one of these boils. And get really, really full on crawfish. More

A Sandwich a Day: The Sea Dog at Dat Dog in New Orleans

A Sandwich a Day Abby McCartney 4 comments

The "dog" is a long strip of tempura-battered cod, lightly fried and served on a sweet and buttery hot dog bun. Top it with slaw, sweet relish, and tartar sauce for just the right combination of crunchy, tangy, and creamy. And don't forget a side of crawfish fries! More

Lowcountry Boil from 'Around the Southern Table'

Serious Eats Kate Williams 7 comments

A lowcountry boil is the southeastern coast's equivalent to a New England clambake. Take the fresh shellfish catch of the day, and dump it in a giant pot with some vegetables and sausage, and you're more than halfway to a giant feast for you and your friends. The boils I attended growing up were usually full of shrimp, potatoes, and corn, but there can be quite a bit of variance in the pot. In Rebecca Lang's Around the Southern Table, the lowcountry boil includes crawfish along with the requisite shrimp, but crab would be just as welcome. More

Lowcountry Boil from 'Around the Southern Table'

Kate Williams 3 comments

A lowcountry boil is the southeastern coast's equivalent to a New England clambake. Take the fresh shellfish catch of the day, and dump it in a giant pot with some vegetables and sausage, and you're more than halfway to a giant feast for you and your friends. In Rebecca Lang's Around the Southern Table, the lowcountry boil includes crawfish along with the requisite shrimp, but crab would be just as welcome. More

Fast Food: Popeyes Crawfish Tackle Box

Fast Food Will Gordon 14 comments

Popeyes emphasizes their Louisiana roots at every turn, but it's still pretty bold to offer a nationwide special on crawfish. For a limited time, $4.99* will get a thrill- or fish-seeking fast foodie a Crawfish Tackle Box featuring big pile of fried crawfish nuggets, a small batch of Cajun fries, a biscuit, and a tub of Creamy Horseradish Sauce. It's a good deal. More

20 Best Foods at the State Fair of Louisiana

Kat Robinson 8 comments

This is it. The last stop in our quest to chronicle this year's top fair foods. We headed to Shreveport, Louisiana, for the 102nd State Fair of Louisiana. Until November 13th (note: the fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays), some 450,000 people will come out to enjoy the zoo, the circus, the midway and of course a whole lot of food. What's hot at the fair? The hot stuff. That is, the spicy regional items; from crawfish and crabmeat boudin to habanero peanut brittle. More

We Tried Popeye's Fried Crawfish Special

Fast Food John M. Edwards 18 comments

The last time I went to New Orleans, my buddy and I ate a pound of crawfish while sitting on the hood of his car. They're like little Southern lobsters: little red crustaceans with small, but deliciously meaty tails. Throughout the month of November, Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen is offering fried crawfish as their "Popeye's Crawfish Special," a limited-time promotion. (Today, November 3rd, they're offering a free taste of fried crawfish to anyone who walks in.) More

Road Trip: Boudin and Crawfish Kolaches in Louisiana

TODOAustinFood 3 comments

I'd never heard of a boudin kolache until my dad (cookbook author and food historian Robb Walsh) wrote about them for Houston Press's Eating Our Words blog, but they seemed like a perfect second course after Texas kolaches at Rao's. These things are a testament to fusion food in America. Boudin is a French word for "blood sausage," but in Louisiana it means rice dressing with pork and spices inside of a sausage casing. So here we have boudin, a French-Cajun hybrid, stuffed inside a Texan spin on an Eastern European pastry. More

Crawfish at The Boiling Crab in California

Chichi Wang 10 comments

[Photographs: Chichi Wang] I was busy on a recent trip out to Southern California, but not too busy to get my regular fix of crawdads at The Boiling Crab, a chain of New Orleans-inspired seafood shacks with locations throughout Texas and California. The Boiling Crab is known for two things: their sweet and succulent crawfish, and their signature method of service. Just about everything they serve is cooked and brought to you in a plastic bag, to be dissembled in one giant, messy feast at the table. From Dungeness and blue crab to shrimp and crawdads, the items of seafood are thrown into the bags with segments of lime, corn, and seasonings of your choice. As the name of... More

Both Crawfish NY Boils Canceled This Weekend

New York Erin Zimmer Post a comment

Though weekend thunderstorms are still questionable, Lizzie and Chris Bicknell had to play it safe and cancel both Crawfish NY boils this weekend. They just couldn't take the risk when dealing with a shipment of 2,000 pounds (a ton, people!)... More

Crawfish NY Adds a Second Crawfish Boil Date

New York Erin Zimmer Post a comment

Crawfish NY boil 2007. Photograph by Alaina Browne Due to an overwhelming demand for this weekend's crawfish boil, Lizzie and Chris Bicknell of Crawfish NY have added a second date. Tickets are on sale for the new boil on... More

Cold Crawfish at Num Pang Sandwich Shop

New York Alaina Browne 1 comment

Cold crawfish at Num Pang Sandwich Shop The cold crawfish ($6) at Num Pang Sandwich Shop is just the thing to take the edge of your crawfish craving. A little spicy and served with a couple of slices of lime... More

Meet & Eat, Chris Bicknell, Crawfish Boil Master

New York Erin Zimmer Post a comment

Chris Bicknell has organized roughly 100 crawfish boils, but he still remembers his first. It was high school in Metairie, Louisiana (his hometown), where he was in a backyard, surrounded by about thirty 11th graders and eighty pounds of crawfish.... More

Weekend Excursion: Crawfish Fest 2008

New York Zach Brooks Post a comment

This weekend a little slice of New Orleans comes to the Tri-State area in the form of Crawfish Fest 2008. What used to be a small crawfish boil among friends has grown to a three-day concert and food fest... More

Crawfish Boil

Alaina Browne 3 comments

I attended the Crawfish in the Cove event on Saturday. The Crawfish NY crew put on a fantastic event for a great cause. Even though event was sold out, there was plenty of room to get up to table and dig in. We ate more than our fill of crawfish, and they were still pouring more when we left. My only complaint and a minor one at that: no non-alcoholic beverages.... More

Killer Cajun Crawfish

Lia Bulaong 6 comments

Inspired by a LA-area chain called Killer Shrimp that serves nothing but the eponymous dish, Jaden of Steamy Kitchen shares her recipe for Killer Cajun Crawfish. I was planning on having just a grilled cheese sandwich and chorizo for dinner, but how can I now that I've got crawfish on the brain? Life is so hard.... More

All About Crawfish

Alaina Browne 2 comments

I ate some fantastic crawfish over Easter weekend. Crawfish boils are a Easter tradition in Louisiana, and that makes sense, since the season typically begins in March and ends in June. As a New Orleans resident and the author of Eating New Orleans, Pableaux Johnson is an expert on such matters. Here, he aptly describes the tradition: ... [A] backyard crawfish boil—a traditional Easter event throughout Louisiana—is an epic affair involving 40-pound sacks of wriggling crawfish and bubbling cauldrons big enough to be stirred with canoe paddles. Unlike a New England lobster boil, where ingredients fit into a single grocery sack, Louisiana crawfish boils require planning and a pickup truck, used to transport a makeshift outdoor kitchen. Read the rest... More

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