Texans and residents of the Gulf Coast know that the spring season is crawfish season. Whatever you call them – crayfish, crawfish, crawdads, crawldads, freshwater lobsters, mountain lobsters, mudbugs, or yabbies – if you eat crawfish, you know that the tiny, delicious crustaceans are best when they’re fresh and local. Finding the best crawfish can sometimes be a challenge, though, due to fluctuating local availability. Some people go out of their way to find the best local crawfish, though. One Baton Rouge couple spent years calling area restaurants each spring to try and find the best local crawfish until finally realizing there is a better way: creating The Crawfish App. If you’re looking for the best crawfish in Houston, look no further.
The Crawfish App is the brainchild of Laney and Ryan King, who released the app last year after years of development. The pair got tired of spending hours hunting down the best local crawfish and decided to develop a database where users could post real-time information about crawfish vendors in their local area.
“It was basically out of frustration and the love of Louisiana culture that we created it,” Laney told Chron.com. “We used to call around for crawfish prices and availability throughout crawfish season and at one point Ryan put down the phone and commented that he couldn’t believe there wasn’t an app for this. We knew it was something Louisiana residents would love and find relevant but did not foresee the excitement from other areas such as Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and beyond.”
The number of users and vendors on The Crawfish App continue to grow each day. Right now there are over 1,000 vendors listed on the app, with dozens in the Houston area alone. Vendor information is checked by The Crawfish App team each week, with prices updated every Friday to ensure no weekend surprises.