A. Whether you want to enjoy crawfish in a restaurant or buy them from a seafood supplier to cook at home, there are some local options. Seafood shops such as Seaview Crab Company on Carolina Beach Road get them in on a regular basis from crawfish farmers in Louisiana. The season there is typically mid-April though mid-June. Local restaurants, especially those with seasonally inspired menus, also order crawfish at this time.
Seafood restaurants often have them on the menu, too. Dock Street Oyster Bar, at 12 Dock St. downtown, is one name that came up frequently. The kitchen manager there said he puts them on the menu when he can get them. Usually, they come from farms overseas. Crawfish might be available for a month or two, and then not available for a while. You can also find crawfish tails, usually imported, in local grocery stores.
Also, be on the lookout for crawfish from local suppliers. A few North Carolina-based crawfish farmers have started businesses in recent years and there’s a now a N.C. Crawfish Growers Association. The State Farmers’ Market in Raleigh held a Crawfish Day on June 5.
Date posted: August 21, 2012
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