1. Pass the Dip
Grab a few friends and head Downtown for this delectable app. Cream cheese, spinach and crawfish tails are cooked in a lengthy recipe that “ain’t none o’yer business!” A menu staple for 15 years, this rich, tasty dip, served up with warm pita, is sure to please all year ‘round.
Heroes Sports Bar and Grille • 273 Dauphin St. 433-4376 • 36 Hillcrest Rd. 341-9464
2. Piece of the Pie
Get a taste of this authentically Cajun crawfish pie. Spicy crawfish in a rich tomato sauce are loaded onto a graham cracker crust with mozzarella and Parmesan topping for a sweet-and-spicy experience that will set your taste buds ablaze. Fried crawfish garnish is the perfect “cherry on top” of this savory pie.
Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill • 29249 US Hwy 98, Daphne. 621-1991
3. Riding the Gravy Train
A signature recipe from a Downtown Fairhope eatery, the crawfish gravy is delicious drizzled over just about any menu item. Nosh on it over a simple bowl of rice or a grouper fillet, or even try the crawfish mac and cheese. And don’t forget about brunch! A lovely warm biscuit with crawfish gravy is a dream come true for any Southern gourmand.
R Bistro and Pastry • 334 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope • 928-2399
4. Simple and Classic
For a quick, satisfying meal, order up the crawfish po’boy, loaded with either fried or sautéed seafood. In the fried variation, expect zesty buttermilk-battered, crispy crawdads with the other traditional toppings. Or, go for the overstuffed option, and fill up on 30 or more tails in your sammie.
Shrimp Basket • 2540 Old Shell Rd. 471-0191
Did you know that there are more than 500 species of crawfish around the world? In Australia, the red claw crawfish can grow to be about 15 inches long and 8 pounds. Eat up, mate!
text by Chelsea Wallace adams • photo by dan anderson