East Texas Crawfish
Crawfish Season Arrives in East Texas
Spring is officially here; not because the Vernal Equinox has come and gone but because crawfish season has arrived. There are no laws that regulate crawfish and when they may be eaten, however they are typically the biggest and most readily available from March through June. It also doesn’t hurt that they are the cheapest this time of year as well. Consuming the hard-shelled animals can seem like a lot of work and that’s why size, in this case, does matter. The tails are plump and tender and worth the effort.
Patios, picnic tables, beer and crawfish go hand in hand. Since the outdoor dining season is short in Texas and with the sun finally coming out, this season is just getting warmed up. East Texas is loaded with options when it comes to crawfish consumption. Here’s a list of some crawfish hot-spots.
Bro’s Patio. Yantis. Bro’s is adjoined to Fisherman’s One Stop, a well-known service station near Lake Fork. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating. They do not serve beer but encourage you to BYOB. If you want your crawfish extra spicy, request it “Turbo.” Not only do they have great tasting crawfish, they also offer an array of other Cajun dishes. Their fried catfish is exceptionally well done and surprisingly so are their ribs. 7933 W FM 515. 903.383.7121. www.facebook.com/pages/BROS-PATIO/579780508800221
Circle M Crawfish. Big Sandy. Known to locals as the “Crawfish Stand,” Circle M offers both indoor and outdoor family style seating. They claim crawfish as their specialty but also lay claim to an excellent Cajun-boiled shrimp. They often host live music performances on the weekends. 501 State Hwy 155 South. 903.636.9199. www.circlemcrawfish.com
Clear Springs Texas Seafood Restaurant. Tyler. These guys have been in the business for 30 years and while they are known for their fried catfish, they do crawfish in some fashion, year-round. There’s a full bar to wash down the juicy, spicy tails. They have three other locations and a menu that hosts everything from chicken fried steak to shrimp brochette. 6519 S Broadway Ave. 903.561.0700. www.clearspringsrestaurant.com
Lafayette’s Crawfish and Seafood. Greenville. These guys extend a challenge to their patrons: All-you-can-eat crawfish with a one-hour time limit for $29.95 so if you’re feeling really hungry, this is your spot. If you need more variety, add some frog legs to your crawfish order. They are delicious. FM 1903 @ E I-30. 903.527.5055. www.facebook.com/lafayettes.crawfish.seafood?ref=sgm
Seth’s Lake Fork Creek. Quitman. Positioned alongside the highway and atop of a hill, Seth’s may not initially solicit a second look. Don’t let the divey appearance of this place steer you away. The restaurant is small but the portion sizes are not and there is no shortage of fried food to accompany your mudbugs. 1667 HWY 37. 903.763.0320. www.sethslakeforkcreekrestquitman.com