Where To Get Crawfish In Memphis: 2021 Guide To Crawfish Festivals, Boils, Restaurants
Where To Get Crawfish In Memphis: 2020 Guide To Crawfish Festivals, Boils, Restaurants
Crawfish season is underway in Memphis!
Here’s where to get crawfish in Memphis and the Mid-South this year., including a list of local restaurants carrying mudbugs, vendors selling crawfish or hosting boils, and any festival information we have so far.
Memphis and Mid-South Restaurants That Serve Crawfish
Here is who’s selling crawfish so far in Memphis and the surrounding areas:
Crossroads Seafood in Hernando is open year-round and serves crawfish during the season. They’re up and running. Watch their FB page for availability and prices. Crossroads is owned by Billy's Crawfish, which sells crawfish and delivers in bulk. Check Billy’s website for all the details.
Crawfish Haven Seafood restaurant in Horn Lake is open year-round serving all kinds of seafood, including crawfish generally from January through July. They opened their season on Jan. 28. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Ellis Seafood (1379 Getwell) sells fresh, live crawfish by the pound when in season, and they’ve started up for 2021. Call ahead, because winter weather has affected hours.
J3 Cajun Seafood in Southaven serves crawfish by the pound during crawfish season, plus plenty of other seafood dishes.
Flying Fish downtown offers boiled crawfish during the season—call ahead or follow them on social media for availability. Winter weather may have affected this. They also have a fried crawfish po-boy and crawfish chowder. And margaritas.
Porter Seafood trailer sets up at Goodman Rd. and Getwell in Southaven. They’re up and running on the weekends and perhaps additional dates as the season goes on. They take pre-orders for live crawfish. Check their Facebook for details.
These are the restaurants that traditionally sell crawfish during the season, but haven't announced it yet for 2021, or are delayed because of the various natural disasters and phenomena.
Southbound Seafood is a crawdaddy shack on wheels that usually serves boiled crawfish Fridays through Sundays. They're usually posted up at Houston Levee and Walnut Grove, but they’re temporarily closed. Check their Facebook for more info.
Max's Sports Bar in downtown Memphis traditionally does crawfish boils most Saturdays during the season, but with the winter storm and water problems, they haven’t started up yet. I’ll try to update when they do.
Mortimer's in East Memphis usually does crawfish boils on Sundays with two-for-one beer specials. Same story here—with the winter storm and water problems, they haven’t started up yet. I’ll try to update when they do. In the meantime, they still have their 75 cent oyster nights most Tuesdays and Saturdays IF they’re able to open—check their FB page or call for details.
Memphis Crawfish Festivals 2021
Porter-Leath’s Rajun Cajun Crawfish Fest - April 17th and 18th
One of Memphis’s huge crawfish fests is Rajun Cajun. This downtown event benefits Porter-Leath and is spread out along Riverside Drive and all up in Wagner Place and it’s ON for 2021. Details to come on COVID restrictions. It's as nuts at Overton’s fest, but more spread out so there's room to breathe.\
Usually, there are three stages of live music, lots of games and contests, food vendors, a kids' area, and another million pounds of crawfish. I’ll share more details once they’re available.
Overton Square's Crawfish Festival - TBD
This event is usually nuts. It's a million people, a million pounds of crawfish, streets full of vendors, art, music, and activities. It's chaotic (especially later in the day) but in a fun way. Think of it as the official start to Spring in midtown. They will tow your car if you leave it in a lot in Overton the night before. Don't ask me how I know. In 2020, they did a drive-thru fest but we don’t yet know what plans are for 2021.
The regular festival is usually around April 10th each year, from noon ot 6 p.m. and takes over Overton Square, which is blocked off to traffic.
Memphis Farmers Market Crawfish Boil - TBD
Support the mission of downtown's farmers market at this crawfish boil by enjoying crawfish and beer plus shopping for the usual fresh veggies, summer fruits, and meats from local farmers, fresh seafood, baked goods and
April is usually the month for crawfish festivals in Memphis. The Rajun Cajun Crawfish fest always has a gumbo contest as well.