Tis the season (almost) for one of Houston's most beloved times of year. Crawfish season is gearing up and we want you to be prepared. So check out this Top 10 list and dig into a pile of mudbugs. It's a dirty job but we promise, your tastebuds will thank you.

(Pro Tip: If you don't know the proper way to eat crawfish, just tap the shoulder of any Houstonian sitting near you and you'll be in business. Why? Because Houstonians know crawfish.)
88 Boiling

10. 88 Boiling Crawfish & Seafood

88 Boiling Crawfish & Seafood bring Asian-style crawfish to the Memorial area, although the "88 Special" seasoning mix incorporates Cajun spices, lemon pepper and heaping amounts of garlic and butter. Along with every 2-pound order comes the traditional one boiled potato and mini corn on the cob. Learn More

Danton's

9. Danton's

Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen is a seafood house reminiscent of days gone by. The restaurant is located in the heart of Houston's Museum District, in the eclectic Chelsea Market. Danton's always serves up fresh, flavorful Gulf Coast fare by seasoned cook Danton Nix, which is why you can only get your hands on crawdads during crawfish season. In addition to ordering by the pound, you'll also find fried crawfish tails, sautéed crawfish tails, crawfish étouffée, crawfish enchiladas, crawfish po' boys, crawfish magnifique and crawfish bisque. Learn More

BB's Cafe

8. BB's Cajun Café

The original location of Brooks Bassler's Cajun concept, BB's Café, is set in a strip center in the heart of Montrose. BB's offers up Gulf Coast cuisine and New Orleans-inspired fare with a Texas twist. There's a great selection of frozen daiquiris--you can even take some "2 geaux." Dig into one of 15 different po'boy varieties, wallet-friendly Cajun favorites like Bubba Lump salad and of course buckets upon buckets of seasonal crawfish. Learn More

The Cajun Kitchen

7. Cajun Kitchen

Tart lemon and orange slices, along with garlic, butter and onions, make Cajun Kitchen's "Kitchen Recipe" mudbugs a one-of-a-kind must try during crawfish season. For another unique twist, order another house special, Thai Basil. Learn More

The Cajun Stop

6. The Cajun Stop

Louisiana Boiled Crawfish and Boiled Shrimp and Crab Legs are served special during the peak seasons at The Cajun Stop. Also known for serving up some of Houston's Best Po-Boys, Louisiana native and owner Lisa Carnley has created a little piece of Louisiana tucked away in East Downtown Houston, aka EADO. The painted windows, the pictures tacked to walls, the variety of Jazz, Cajun/Creole & Mardi Gras music playing in the background bring a welcoming ‘Hole in the Wall' vibe resembling a little spot in the Quarter without ever leaving the city. Learn More

Woodrow's

5. Woodrow's Heights

No-fuss Cajun cuisine greets those searching for spicy, savory crawfish and gumbo. Woodrow's Heights bustles with executives and hungry locals. Try a steaming plate of crawfish or a bowl of creamy crab bisque. Learn More

Rajun Cajun

4. Ragin' Cajun

Decisions are familiar but difficult at this festive chain celebrated for bayou vittles. Witness the look of mudbug madness in the eyes of devotees huddled at the communal tables. Half-shell fans slurp oysters at the bar. Clean-tasting crawfish, a seasonal draw for Ragin', come steaming, crowned with righteously spicy potatoes and corn on the cob. Too hungry to peel? Try crawfish étouffée or the grilled snapper, fresh and neat with lemon. Don't reach for Tabasco--seafood-packed gumbo is devilishly piquant. Do dip freely into the stellar homemade remoulade. Learn More

Boil House

3. Boil House

From pond to plate, Boil House brings authentic Louisiana crawfish to the Bayou City, tucked away in heart of the historic Heights neighborhood. The menu is to the point, with a focus on crawfish and the usual sides of corn and potatoes. Along with savory crawfish by the pound, you'll find fresh Boudin empanadas, sausage and sweet treats like king cakes and jalapeno pecan pies. The no frills décor of this small crawfish eatery has little more than picnic tables, friendly staff and buckets of mudbugs ready to eat. Want your mudbugs to go? Boil House offers grab-and-go service and catering for all events, big or small. Learn More

Crawfish & Noodles

2. Crawfish & Noodles

Maybe you thought just Gulf Coast residents ate spicy, peel-and-eat crawfish. But boy were you mistaken. Check out this Chinatown spot for mouth-burning boiled crawfish and all the fixings. Crawfish & Noodles is exactly what it sounds like-a great juxtaposition of Cajun and Vietnamese dishes. Crawfish & Noodles is a bit hidden inside a strip center, but definitely worth the drive out to Bellaire Boulevard for good seafood served in ways you probably haven't had it before. Learn More

LA Crawfish

1. LA Crawfish

Texans are no strangers to crawfish thanks to their New Orleans neighbors. But over the past couple years, devoted crawfish fans have discovered something outside of the cajun variety. Vietnamese crawfish, with a broader array of seasonings and dipping sauces, has quickly become a favorite for fans of the messy, spicy and flavor-packed food. Learn More

For more creole and cajun restaurants, check out this list.

Crawfish Festivals

Texas Crawfish Festival
April 24-26; May 1-3
The Annual Texas Crawfish and Music Festival takes place in the historic 1900's railroad town of Old Town Spring. It is one of the largest and longest running festivals in the Houston area, showcasing tons of local, regional and national music entertainment, featuring local artists and vendors, and serving some of the tastiest mudbugs in the South. It is a wonderful family event and fun for all ages. Come celebrate 27 years of fun, music and of course crawfish!

Crawfish Festival in the Heights
March 7, 2015
For a decade the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce has held an annual community Crawfish Festival in the Heights. It is an open to the public free admission festival including live zydeco music, the finale of the Idol of the Heights singing contest, performances by students of local schools, exhibit booths and exclusive shopping opportunities, kids rides and attractions, and, of course, crawfish and beer!

Pearland Crawfish Festival
April 10-12, 2015
The Pearland Crawfish Festival boils up tons of delicious, spicy crawfish, a world of great food, lively music, vendors, games, and more in the friendly, relaxed fun and community feel of a small town fair and serves it up big. The area's best Zydeco bands provide infectious rhythms where the Bayou meets the Bay, and The Houston Blues Society will bring in the blues. Visitors will enjoy a beanbag tournament, crawfish eating contests, vendors of gifts, arts and crafts and more. 

The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival

March 28, 2015
This annual Festival is hosted in Town Green Park providing a day of family fun with live music, kids' activities, authentic Louisiana crawfish, BBQ, fried catfish, networking and a chance to bring awareness for Pulmonary Hypertension, hence the "PH" in the name.