Crawfish in Baton Rouge

Crawfish in Baton Rouge

A crawfish danced on the table.
Each crawfish makes one bite.
Dancing with crawfish in Baton Rouge
by Pamela O’MearaTwo red-shelled crawfish danced on the table
at Boutin’s Cajun Restaurant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The larger one stood on its back legs and waved its front legs in the air. The smaller one rolled onto its back and waved all legs. Then they met their fate in a pot of boiling water.
Out came the server with large dishes piled high with cooked crawfish. The server said to twist off the tail, crack the shell and squeeze out one bite of delicious meat.

Baton Rouge is a big oil town located on the Mississippi River 157 miles north
of the Gulf Coast, Every day of my visit, I ate crawfish, served plain or
grilled over salad greens or in an etouffee (gravy) served over rice or poached
eggs. The area is famous for its delicious Cajun food, music and history.

Crawfish live in the freshwater swamps and marshes of southern Louisiana and
many are harvested from the Atchafalaya Basin, one of the largest swamps in
the U.S. They are also farmed in rice paddies. After the rice is harvested
and the water cools down in the winter, the crawfish rise from the mud and
can be caught. February to May is the height of the season, and crawfish
boils are popular with locals then.
At McGee’s landing overlooking Atchafalaya Basin, we ate lunch in
a large
windowed room overlooking the swamp. I ordered a salad topped with grilled
crawfish, continuing to focus on the specialty of the area.
Crawfish etouffee served over rice.
Dinner at Randol’s Cajun Restaurant in Lafayette included a big dish
of crawfish for an appetizer and a traditional Cajun meal of crawfish etouffee
over rice with sweet potato pecan pie for dessert. The restaurant raises its
own crawfish and crabs.
Wherever you go, the crawfish are tasty in season.

Photos by Pamela O’Meara

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About Me Staff writer, Lillie Suburban newspapers Free-lance writer Member, Midwest Travel Writers Association I’ve been a writer for over 20 years at Lillie Suburban Newspapers in St. Paul. I’ve also done free-lance writing – for 3M business and health publications and for a running club and a speech therapy group. My special interest and focus for over a decade has been travel writing – about my trips and those of others in the United States and abroad, and I am a 10-year member of Midwest Travel Writers Association. I have a bachelor’s degree in English from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Michigan. I was an English teacher for almost three years before having kids. Life is good! Writing awards for Pam O’Meara 2015 Minnesota Newspaper Association -- Second place for columns on Selfridge’s in London, Missouri prison, mother’s death 2014 Midwest Travel writers Mark Twain – honorable mention for story on Hemingway in Pamplona, Spain 2013 MTWA – first place – recent travel sites – Fort Bragg and father 2008 MTWA – third place – newspaper story on Hawaii: the Big Island 2006—MTWA – second place – recent sites – South Korea – DMZ