You can tell who has the best crawfish in DFW by how long it takes to get in. These places are always packed, but well worth the wait!
This little pink house in Addison is always full because, in my opinion, they have the best crawfish in town. My mouth is literally watering as I type this. On top of amazing crawfish, they also have other southern favorites like Shrimp & Crab Etouffee! Bonus: they have a pretty legit happy hour!
I’ll be real with you — the wait is almost always ridiculous at this place, because people love it. Sure, it might be a little bit of a trek (on the outskirts of Dallas, near Garland) but Man, oh man, does the Boiling Crab have some good crawfish! I like to get mine with all of the spices, and throw in some shrimp and crab legs. I’m drooling just thinking about it!
Okay, I’m not normally a fan of chain restaurants, but Shell Shack is just that good. They have crawfish, when it’s in season, but this is a place I visit even when its not. Cheap drinks, good food, and a super casual vibe makes it one of my favorite hangout spots in the Metroplex.
Let me start by saying it can be hard to find authentic gumbo in DFW, but don’t worry! I’ve found the places that will definitely hanker any gumbo craving that pops up while you’re in town.
Flying Fish is all over DFW and reminds me of a really good fish camp! I mean, blackened catfish is about as far cajun as most other fresh seafood spots go, but this place pushes the limit…So much so that they serve their gumbo with grits. It doesn’t get more southern than that!
Not only does this restaurant in Arlington and Dallas serve some dang good seafood (including crawfish), they also make gumbo — really, really, good gumbo. It’ll come with or without rice (uhh, get it with) and is made with crabmeat, shrimp, sausage and vegetables. Need I say more?
Fun fact: In my 29 years of life on this earth, I have NEVER found the baby in a king cake and I’ve always been very annoyed by it. This Mardi Gras, you’ll find me at one of these restaurants, enjoying a slice or two of king cake (and crossing my fingers that I’ll find the baby).
Y’all have no clue how happy I was to find out there’s a Copeland’s in DFW! My family used to go there all the time when I was a kid (mostly for celebrations), and this Southlake spot is one of Copeland’s only two Texas locations. I’ve always loved this place for their gumbo and fried fish, but now they have a Mardi Gras King Cake Cheesecake that’s definitely drool-worthy. King Cake and Cheescake? All in one? It’s a dream come true!
I can’t mention king cake without shouting out Bread Winners. In addition to being one of my favorite breakfast spots around DFW, they have amazing desserts! Around Mardi Gras season, they also make a pretty dang good king cake. It has far less sprinkles than the king cakes I’m used to, but it’s covered in beads and green, purple and yellow icing (and tastes delicious), so I’m happy.