Who’s Your Crawdaddy?

Originally published July 2007 by Current - Mobile, AL

According to bayou legend, the French Acadians living in what is modern day Nova Scotia where shown the door by the English back in the 1750‘s. Now expelled from their second nation the Acadians eventually ended up settling the marshes and backwaters of Louisiana. Sadly enough the lobsters of the North Atlantic missed their Acadian pals so much that they set about a cross country trek aimed at reunion.

Having to traverse the dry soil in the hot sun caused the poor lobsters to whither and shrink. By the time they arrived in Louisiana they were only tiny versions of the mammoth crustaceans they had been. The Acadians (we now know them as Cajuns) did not care as there little friends were actually tastier in their diminutive state. They were then renamed crawfish and mudbugs and crayfish and yabbies and crawdads . . . Apparently they tried to rename every single one of them.

Crawfish boils are now a celebration of life along the entire Gulf Coast and our area is no exception. From Thursday May 17th to Sunday May 20th there were no less than four charity crawfish boils in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Wintzell’s kicked off the festivities with their third annual Mudbugs on Dauphin - a street party that featured the band Glass Joe. The event helped raise money for the Child Advocacy Center.

On Friday and Saturday Baldwin County residents were treated to the two day Gulf Coast Zydeco Music & Crawfish Festival at the Daphne Civic Center. Also on Saturday the Mobile County populace enjoyed the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary’s Parish Crawfish and Bluegrass Extravaganza which raised money for the K.O.C.’s scholarship fund. The whole “little lobster” weekend culminated with the Crawfish for a Cause fundraiser for Dominique Lesure an eleven year old cancer victor that featured music from local legend Hank Becker and the multifaceted Isaac Vasquez.

So did you miss out on all of the crustaceans and concerts last month? Do not fret, my friend. Many bay area haunts offer the same combination with a slight twist - you get to be the charity. A popular way to woo in the consumers on the lower volume days is to offer boiled crawfish often combined with live music and more often than not it is all free. If you play your cards right you may be able to gorge yourself on mudbugs all week long.

MONDAYS: Legendary Fabacher’s Grill at University and Old Shell start the week off right with free crawfish starting at 7 PM.

TUESDAYS: The Pub in downtown Fairhope offers crawfish and live music in their comfortable courtyard from 5 - 7. Bojangles’ on Azalea Rd. also serves ‘em up from 6:30 until they are gone.

WEDENESDAYS: This appears to be the busiest night for starving decapod disciples. You can get them at The Trophy Club on Halls Mill Rd. starting a 7PM, Boo Radley’s on Dauphin Street, The Bay House Pub on Hwy. 98 in Daphne, and also boiling them up in Daphne is Manci’s Antique Club on Main Street.

THRUSDAYS: The Zebra Lounge on Dauphin Island Parkway gets their crawfish groove on each week and appears to be the lone source weekend-eve.

FRIDAYS: Bojangles does it all over again from 6:30 until they are gone. The Water Table Café on Airport Blvd. in Midtown serves up the little fellas from 6PM until as well. Julie’s Bar and Music Establishment on DIP in Belle Fontaine has live music and not so live crawfish.

SATURDAYS: Julie’s Bar and Music Establishment does it on this day, too.

SUNDAY: The Roundup Lounge on Swedetown Rd. in Theodore pairs their crawfish with the weekly NASCAR race. As a bonus The Roundup is open 24 hours a day, just in case you were wondering where you could get a shot of JD at seven in the morning.

If you are so inclined you can eat free crawfish everyday of the week. As you can see there is no shortage of places that offer yabbies throughout the week. Keep in mind that despite the success of farming them they are still relatively seasonal. In other words they will not be around forever. With that in mind, make plans to meet your friends at any of these places and spend an evening reminiscing, drinking, and slurping down mudbugs.
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