Before moving down south I had no exposure to crawfish. As a matter of fact, I'm not sure the word was in my vocabulary. But over the past two years I've grown quiet fond of the little guys. The best way to enjoy the mud bugs is in the backyard of a friend's place with a few beers and some crazy Zydeco music, but when that's not available there are plenty of local eatery here in Houston that provide some pretty good alternatives.
Last night I had a great experience at Wild Cajun. Wild Cajun is located on the outskirts of China Town and it shows. There are Vietnamese characters on the building that I can only guess are the title and the menu has everything from Sushi to crawfish to gator tail with an asian influence.
The crawfish themselves come in two flavors, wild Cajun and butter garlic and you get dial the spice level in to what ever you'd like. We tried both and while the house named wild Cajun was delicious, butter garlic took the prize for the days favorite. The chunks of minced garlic were inescapable. The first few pounds we order at the medium spice level with hardly any kick. The next we tried the very spicy and it was prefect.
If you live in Houston or are just stopping through, give Wild Cajun a shot. It's a little off the beaten path and not in the best part of town but for these crawdaddies, it's worth it.
Note: The picture above is from a crawfish boil I went to last season, not from Wild Cajun.