Crawfish season is well underway in the Ark-La-Tex, and this year the farmers say that the mud bugs are larger than normal. Usually at the beginning of the season, they are small with hard shells, but this year brings heartier eating for crawfish lovers.

Crawfish season is not a clearly defined season, such as deer season, however, the mud bugs usually are available for eating somewhere from mid-November through mid-August for those who enjoy the Cajun cuisine. Louisiana accounts for more than 90 percent of U.S. crawfish production, Industry observers estimate.

During the peak of the season, Shreveport hosts its annual Mudbug Madness in the festival plaza, downtown. This year marks the 30th anniversary and the celebration is to take place May 23-26, 2013.

In the meantime, you can get to one of these many restaurants in the area to enjoy this traditional Cajun delicacy.

 

  • Shane's Seafood & BBQ

    A tradition that started with Crawfish on Mansfield Road back in 1994 now brings three locations for this restaurant, whose delicacies include fried catfish, barbeque, and of course boiled crawfish in season.

    Other featured menu items include Zwolle tamales, Natchitoches meat pies, and fried green tomatoes. Crawfish po-boys and seafood plates starting at $9.99 and up.

    Crawfish Boil, Fresh Louisiana Crawfish/Flickr
  • Copeland's of New Orleans

    1665 E Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport, LA, (318)797-0143.

    Since 1983, Copeland's  has offered the finest in culinary cuisines as expected from New Orleans Traditions. From the Creole favorites that embody the heart and soul of Southern Louisiana to our flavorful takes on seafood, pasta, salads, steaks and desserts, we offer something for everyone.

    Appetizers and Entree Prices of Crawfish dishes from $9.99 and up.

    Louisiana Riverboat, copelandsofneworleans.com
  • Gumbo to Geaux

    Gumbo to Geaux is a cajun and creole restaurant bringing you the taste of Louisiana cuisine. It is located at 4100 Barksdale Boulevard, Bossier City, LA 71112-3900

    Gumbo to Geaux, Facebook
  • Crawfish Palace

    Crawfish Palace offers a variety of Cajun, Seafood, Creole, and Southern Cuisine. Prices vary. Crawfish Palace is located at 1865 U.S. 80 (2328 Hidden Cove), Haughton, LA, 71037 (318) 949-3799

    Crawfish Etoufee, Ryan Harvey, Flickr
  • Crawdaddy's Kitchen

    Spicy cajun cuisine for a down-home south Louisiana mouth-watering experience right here in Shreveport. Enjoy such famous menu items including delicious fried seafood, catfish, and the best cajun dishes including boiled crawfish and a taste of Acadiana in a festive atmosphere. Average menu prices around $14.99 per entree plus tax.

    Crawdaddy's Kitchen is located at 9370 Mansfield Rd. Shreveport,LA 71118. Phone: (318) 688-7532 or (318) 688-8585. Email: crawdaddys@hotmail.com

     

    Crawdaddy's Kitchen/Facebook