Explore all the culinary scenes of the Houston area through iconic dishes starring crawfish – a classic Tex-Orleans staple. From crawfish pho from LA Crawfish, to Buster’s crawfish boils and po’ boys, experience the delicate flavors of crawfish.
The Po’ boy
Originally a New Orleans sandwich, the po’ boy is definitely a must-try in Texas. Especially if you cannot get over the border to Louisiana. Originating in 1929 at the Martin Brothers’ French Market Restaurant and Coffee Stand in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the po’ boy quickly rose to fame as a must-try food in the South.
Starting with crunchy, fresh French bread, then piles of fried seafood such as shrimp, crawfish, blue crab, king crab, oysters and fish, the po’ boy is a classic Southern comfort food.
Other variations of the sandwich contain andouille sausage, roast beef or fried chicken. What makes this sandwich so special – and different from a sub (or grinder, as some regions call it) – is that it is traditionally served hot, instead of being made of cold cuts.
What many people do not know is that Houston is a go-to spot for Vietnamese cuisine and culture. Quickly, a fusion of Vietnamese and Cajun flavors specific to the region combined to create this lovely dish.
Vietnames-Cajun crawfish is known as one of the best expressions of Houston’s culinary identity. This dish is a less-than-traditional way to prepare crawfish, however, it is the favorite of many.
This dish coats the crawfish with garlic butter, with flavors of ginger, lemongrass and scallions. The flavors of traditional Vietnamese and Cajun cooking compliment each other in this wonderful exercise of the best food Houston has to offer. However, this may not be for you due to the high spice levels in both Vietnamese and Cajun cooking.
Of course we had to save the best for last. This Louisiana style dish is found in many Cajun kitchens and boil houses. The must-go place for crawfish and live music is definitely Buster’s Crawfish in Houston. This is one of the rare, traditional Cajun crawfish spots and it’s the house special.
Starting with live crawfish and a mix of classic Cajun seasonings, Buster’s offers the best crawfish Texas has to offer. Prime crawfish season starts in mid-spring and lasts until early summer.
Order heaps and mounds of crawfish and other boiled shellfish such as crab and shrimp at Buster’s. Seafood boils are traditionally served with a side of corn and potatoes. However, if shellfish isn’t your thing, they also serve other classic Southern comforts such as fish fries and burgers, depending on the location.
Buster’s Crawfish uses a unique seasoning blend to enhance the delicate flavor of crawfish. To get a little taste of Houston’s best, head on down to Buster’s to have a taste of the South. They deliver the best crawfish that Texas has to offer.
Visit Buster’s Crawfish. WIth three locations within an hour from Houston, one in Louisiana and another outside of Dallas, no matter where you are, visit Buster’s. Visit our website or call one of our locations to reserve your table at Buster’s today.