Crawfish, Soft-Shell Crab, and Strawberry Beer

‘Tis the season for tasty crustaceans and strawberry beer.  Every gathering is an opportunity for a crawfish boil, and seafood companies are selling these boiled guys by the bag.  Soft-shell (i.e. recently molted) blue crabs are plentiful and served-up fried.  And Abita Strawberry is everywhere and tastes just like Spring.

I went to Southside Cafe in Slidell, Louisiana and tasted my first soft-shell crab, which was paired with a frosty mug of Abita Strawberry.  The crab was delicious.  I’m usually not into fried food, but the breading was seasoned and crunchy and perfect.

The next day I needed more, so I went to Harbor Seafood and Oyster Bar in Kenner, Louisiana (by the airport).  This was crustacean heaven, with platters of boiled crawfish and shrimp and all the pairings you could want (I went for the hushpuppies).  There are baskets to dispose of your shells, and rolls of paper towels so you can dig right in.  I shared a pound of crawfish, a platter of soft-shell crab and hushpuppies, and a dozen oysters.  That, plus two frosty mugs of Abita Strawberry, came to under $40 and it was all delicious.  I first checked to make sure they gave us the right bill (and it was), then concluded this must be the best deal for seafood in the city.

soft-shell crab at Southside Cafe | southernbeets

soft-shell crab at Southside Cafe

boiled crawfish at Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar | southernbeets

boiled crawfish at Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar

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