We’re all looking for a bit of normalcy these days. A return to familiar rituals and experiences. Put the lobsters in the queue. Few things are as ritually expected on the Gulf Coast as the annual return of the lobster season, and few things could add to a new sense of normalcy like a tray of bright red, steaming mud beetles. Whether you’re eating out, doing something, or cooking at home, we have this year’s best lobster bets in and around Houston.
Dine on site or take away
88 Cooking lobsters & seafood, 1910 Wilcrest: For many on the west side of Bayou City, 88 cooking is synonymous with lobster season. Try it 88 special Home cooking with Garlic Butter and hot seasoning turned up to your preferred spice level. Each order comes with the basic ingredients – boiled potatoes and corn – and can be enjoyed along with other popular local specialties, such as: Gulf oysters on the half-shell or fried boudin balls.
Atchafalaya lobster & Cajun specialties, 2202 North Main, Pearland: The Pearland locals know that this roadside cabin sells some of the best Cajun style crayfish in the Houston area. Get yours, cooked and spicy or alive and perky, through the roadside window and take them home to enjoy.
BB‘s Tex-Orleans, Multiple Locations: This popular Houston mini chain is a year-round destination for Cajun cuisine, making all ten BB locations natural choices for lobster. Try their seasonal boils Cajun style or Tex-Orleans style with garlic paste thrown into the mixture. Top it off with a laundry list of fasteners, including Alligator andouille and Sweet and spicy pineapple sausage. Available for dinner or to take away.
Clutch City Crawfish will be on display every Saturday at Bobcat Teddy’s this season. Courtesy photo.
Bobcat Teddy’s Ice House, 2803 White Oak: Bobcat Teddy’s offers lobster specials every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Thursdays and Sundays is hosted by Bagzz of buzz, and on Saturdays the Mudbugs are provided by Clutch City Crawfish. Enjoy the season at this terrace bar in Heights with live music on Saturdays and Sundays and plenty of space for al fresco dining.
Kochhaus, 606 E 11th: Another Joint in Heights (some neighborhoods got all the luck), Boil House is a true Louisiana experience. This little log cabin owned by former lobster farmers serves a simple but perfected menu of Cajun classics, including Lobster from Louisiana and Golf prawns, Standard fixings, frozen margaritas and beer and traditional or cream cheese Kings cake. They also offer live sacks for your home cooking needs.
Lobsters & noodles, 11360 Bellaire: The restaurant featured by Netflix, the Viet Cajun lobster On the menu, Crawfish & Noodles is a Houston institution. Owner and James Beard semi-finalist In Nguyen helped popularize this fusion of cajun and Vietnamese cuisine. Although Nguyen’s menu of Vietnamese and Cajun classics is available year-round, interest increases during the lobster season. Lines can be long, but it’s well worth the wait at this Houston bucket list destination.
Lobster Café, 11209 Bellaire: Although this Asiatown restaurant recently opened a second location on the Heights, it is the original location of the Hong Kong City Mall on Bellaire that has earned it its stellar reputation. owner Kiet Duong takes Viet Cajun lobster to new heights with a variety of flavors including Original Cajun, Kickin ‘Cajun, Garlic Butter, Lemon pepper, Thai basil and The mixture with garlic butter and lemon pepper. Available in the restaurant, to take away and via delivery service.
The Creek Group, multiple locations: All five companies of the Creek Group are offering three unique styles of lobster this season – traditional cajun, French style with butter, garlic and herbs and Vietnamese style. All three options are $ 10 a pound or $ 45 for a 5 pound bucket. The beetles will cook over Cactus bay (3333 West 11th), Cedar Creek (1034 West 20th Street), Onion stream (3106 white oak), Canyon Creek (6603 Westcott) and Piggy (3412 West Lamar). Choose your favorite and access it.
Floyd’s Cajun Seafood, Multiple Locations: People going into Galveston can spot the Webster boat-shaped location off I-45. The quirky building has served some of the finest gulf seafood in the greater Houston area since it opened in 2004. Today there are five other locations, including outposts in Sugar Land and Pearland, and as far as Beaumont. They’re popular all year round, but become especially popular during the lobster season when they offer seasonal mud beetle specials.
Hank’s lobster, Multiple Locations: With three locations in the Houston area, there’s likely a Hank’s near you. This local favorite is famous all year round for its delicious (and bubbly) seafood. Come lobster season, it’s a party. Choose traditional, Garlic Butter or a House special sauce and add your seasoning from mild to New Orleans spicy.
Get out of the mud crabs: This year let owners Stanley Alford Bring the boil to your door in a box, or rather a cooler. Stanley came up with the “Boil in a Box” before last year’s lobster season and when the quarantine arrived, the orders came in quickly. The unique business model of Out Of The Mud brings you ready-cooked lobster directly with you Corn, Potatoes and hot dog included. You can even add shrimp, three types of crab and Mushrooms. The basic boils start at $ 175 for 15 pounds with standard fixations or $ 300 for 30 pounds. And yes, you can keep the cooler!
Malaysian Curry Crawfish is a tasty offering available for a limited time at Phat Eatery. Courtesy photo.
Fat restaurant, 23119 Colonial Pkwy, Katy: Last year, this acclaimed Malaysian cuisine was served in Katy’s Asian city center Malaysian curry lobster cooks. Houston Food Finder, an instant hit in 2020, got the news that the popular boils are on their way back for 2021. Follow Phat Eatery on Instagram or Facebook for more informations.
The pit room, 1201 Richmond Ave: This popular Montrose smokehouse participates in the seasonal lobster festivals every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Get your barbecue-style mudbugs with three size options, each served with Corn, potato, Mushrooms and Andouille sausage – $ 9.95 a pound, $ 27 for a three pound sack, and $ 58 for a seafood feast, including three pounds of beetles, two Snow crab Clusters and a pound of shrimp. The kettles start at 4 p.m. on Fridays and at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Penny Whistle Crawfish are an in-house specialty at Revelry on Richmond. Courtesy photo.
Celebrate on Richmond, 1613 Richmond Ave: Revelry on Richmond offers one every Sunday this season beginning February 14th as much as you can eat Lobster special. For $ 30, you can get all the mudbugs you can take until they sell out. If you want it per pound, it’s $ 7.99 each. Enjoy live music every Sunday and join them on the 14th to start it all off with a Cajun Mardi Gras themed event with a live performance of the Zydeco points.
Saigon Houston, 3645 FM 1960: Once a staple of Midtown’s old Little Saigon, the now closed Saigon House was a Viet Cajun classic. This Vietnamese restaurant run by Tony J. Nguyen who also runs Xin Chao with Christine Ha, has luckily reopened in the north of the city, and the Houstonians are rushing back to buy his signature lobster with two sauce options: H-town Bang, with garlic and butter, and Thai surprise with a note of garlic and citrus. There are also three spice levels available: Sissy Unicorn, Fiery Phoenix and Angry Dragon (if you dare).
Wild Cajun, Multiple Locations: With two locations to the west, this traditional Cajun restaurant offers a full menu of popular Southern Louisiana and Creole dishes. Lobster are among the most popular offers. Enjoy yours in the traditional cooking form with standard fixings and a cold one, or keep your fingers clean too choked lobster.
Cook your own
Airline seafood, 1841 Richmond Ave: For over 75 years, Houston’s oldest seafood market has sold freshly caught, high quality seafood to generations of Houstonians. During the lobster season, this Montrose fish market sells live freshwater mud bugs on the Gulf Coast.
Lafitte’s seafood, 6919 South Kirkwood: Another Houston institution, this Alief fish market adds sacks every year live lobsters to their incredible assortment of Gulf Coasts and imported seafood. Throw in some dungeness crabs and golf prawns in your cauldron and you really have a ball.
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Updated: Saigon House and Wild Cajun were added on February 10, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
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