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Looking for crawfish?
Here’s where to find these mudbugs in Memphis
Crawfish season has officially kicked off. h You don’t have to head to the Big Easy to enjoy these Louisianan crustaceans. They are available throughout the Memphis area from now until May or June, depending on the weather. You can get them boiled and ready to eat with all the fixin’s or pick up a bag of live mudbugs to cook yourself. Here is our annual roundup of places selling crawfish this season. h If looking for live crawfish to cook at your own boil, it’s best to order ahead. All the spots listed recommend advance orders. h And just remember the proper way to eat crawfish is to peel ‘em, eat the tails and suck the heads.
Where to find crawfish in Memphis
Billy’s Crawfish is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (or until they sell out) at 1325 Church Road West in Southaven. Owner Billy Crumley cooks boiled crawfish from Houma, Louisiana, throughout the day on his truck. Live crawfish are available by advance order at (901) 832-0445. You can also enjoy his crawfish every day at his restaurant, Crossroads Seafood, 2351 U.S. 51 South in Hernando.
Cajun Crawdad’s location is at U.S. 72 and Cayce Road in Byhalia. It is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., or until they sell out. To reserve live crawfish, owner Jimmy Pegram said to preorder by noon Wednesday for the weekend. Call (901) 496-5133.
Crawfish Cabin is located at Walnut Grove and Houston Levee this season. Owners Ulric Pegram and his son Justin cook up spicy crawfish Louisiana-style with all the fixin’s — corn, sausage, potatoes and even shrimp. They also offer in-home and business catering services. Crawfish Cabin will officially open this year the first weekend of March. Call (901) 674-8978.
The Crawfish Shack food truck parks at 964 June Road (the parking lot of Oxbeau) every Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Once the weather warms up, it will be at The Spirits Shoppe at 4848 Poplar Ave. on Sunday. Check its Facebook page for details. The Crawfish Shack sells both live and cooked crawfish. Call (901) 303-0024 by noon Wednesday to preorder live crawfish for the weekend.
Porter Seafood parks its truck every weekend at 2930 Goodman Road, East in Southaven. Owner Ryan Porter brings live crawfish up weekly from Opelousas, Louisiana. They are open Friday from noon until dark and Saturday from noon until sold out. Check social media to see if they are open on Sunday. To order live crawfish by the sack, call (901) 335-2930 by 9 a.m. Thursday. Porter Seafood also offers on- and off-site catering.
Memphis Crawfish Company is located at 6211 Mississippi 305 in Olive Branch. With crawfish brought up weekly from South Louisiana, Macon Moore is celebrating his 20th year in business this year. Memphis Crawfish Company is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call or text (901) 371-1757 by Thursday morning to order live crawfish by the sack.
Memphis Crawfish Company 2 is located at 5133 Park Ave. It is open 11 a.m. until sold out Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call or text (662) 216-3559 for live crawfish orders; orders must be placed by Wednesdays.
Glaze’s Crawfish hosts a crawfish boil every Saturday afternoon (weather permitting) at Max’s Sports Bar, 115 GE Patterson Ave. The boils will start mid-february this year, check social media for the exact date. They start serving crawfish at noon and go until they run out, usually around 4 or 5 p.m. Boiled shrimp is also available. Glaze’s also will serve crawfish at your home for a party. For catering information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Railgarten, 2166 Central Ave., will host crawfish boils every Thursday during the season. Once the weather warms up, it will start hosting crawfish boils on the weekends as well. Check Railgarten’s social media for dates and times.
Flying Fish, 105 S. Second St., offers boiled crawfish daily when in season. Order by the pound or get a combo platter with crab and shrimp.
The Second Line, 2144 Monroe, will
host crawfish boils every Saturday starting the first weekend in April. Weather permitting, the crawfish boils will be on the restaurant’s patio.
Southbound Seafood sells only live crawfish by the sack (about 30 pounds on average). Pickup is at Walnut Grove Road and Houston Levee Friday through Sunday. Owner Bryan Freeman brings his crawfish up from the Belle River in southeast Louisiana. Text Freeman at (901) 444-1784 for live crawfish orders.
Ellis Seafood, 1379 Getwell, sells fresh, live crawfish by the pound when in season as well as boiled crawfish. Crawfish should be in stock every day, unless they sell out. Call (901) 505-2895 ahead to reserve.
Cordova International Farmers Market, 1150 N. Germantown Parkway, Cordova, plans to have live crawfish for sale every day of the week this year. Call (901) 417-8407 to place an order.
Jennifer Chandler is the Food & Dining reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at email@example.com, and you can follow her on Twitter and Insta- gram at @cookwjennifer.