Sample fresh, boiled seafood of every variety: shrimp, blue crabs, and crawfish (in season), as well as boudin, gumbo, oysters on the half shell, and red beans and rice.
700 E. Sixth 512/472-0985
4209 Airport Blvd. 512/586-4425
They say the breading on the fried shrimp is perfect and crunchy, and the boudin sausage balls keep the line of regulars stretching to the parking lot.
1200-D W. Howard 512/990-8000
Tacos, sandwiches, burgers, draft beers, and a broad selection of juices and locally made kombucha complement the neighborhood staples of coffee and live music. Read our review.
1400 E. 38 1/2 512/538-1991
4404-L W. William Cannon 512/358-7474
Light-filled and cheery with brightly colored walls and an open floor plan, this place serves up a raved-over crust on fried items as well as the best peach cobbler in these parts. Read our review.
1050 E. 11th #100 512/391-2331
Casual lunch and dinner every day except Sunday, specializing in the traditional dishes of Southern Louisiana. Terrific food, friendly service, and live music most nights during dinner.
8106 Brodie 512/282-2586
Meals begin with baskets of warm rolls paired with the house herb butter, but save room for desserts such as croissant bread pudding and orange-infused crème brûlée. Rib Eye Pontchartrain, French Quarter Salmon, and Chicken Benjamin round out the list of New Orleans' favorites on the menu. Folk art murals and Mardi Gras masks evoke the French Quarter as much as the cuisine here. Read our review.
13000 N. I-35 #600 512/832-9090
Oysters Rockefeller is one dish that never goes out of style. Try this northern outpost of the Downtown classic when you want to put on the ritz in Round Rock.
901 Round Rock Ave., Round Rock 512/671-7925
12823 Shops Pkwy., Bee Cave 512/263-2711
This popular trailer near Zilker Park turns out Nak-i-dish (ground pork and beef mixed with onions and stuffed inside a puff pastry crust), red beans and rice with juicy chunks of andouille sausage, and terrific crawfish pie.
1604 E. Sixth 512/573-5215
During crawfish season, peel a few with happy hour cocktails at this casual family restaurant.
200-B E. Main St., Round Rock 512/248-2900
Knock back a few Flaming MoJoes at Austin's latest late-night boîte, piquing your appetite for Creole-style favorites.
6406 N. I-35 #1600 512/206-4110
Friendly and funky, the blend of Creole and Southern soul foods here aims to please. Especially recommended are the catfish, collards, fried okra, red beans and rice, and the addictive boudin balls. Read our review.
1075 Springdale 512/927-6666
A proprietress as friendly as her food is good serves up huge portions of burgers and Cajun chow from a succinct menu. The dining room is communal and friendly, and Lola is a blessing.
1815 Rosewood 512/474-5652
A subtle kick from the red beans and rice, combined with the perfect breading on the fried shrimp and oyster po-boys, makes everyone a crazy Cajun.
1603 S. Congress 512/406-9237
Items here include po'boys, dinner plates, and combos with shrimp, oysters, and crab. Order the fish fried, blackened, or charbroiled, and sample a variety of side dishes.
6319 N. I-35 512/452-9363
This unassuming storefront just uphill from the lake still offers the beloved crawfish cakes with Mermaid sauce, as well as a hearty gumbo, crusty po-boys, and a complete by-the pound menu. Read our review.
18653 FM 1431, Jonestown 512/215-9319
9500 S. IH-35 Bldg. C 512/614-4350
Is where all your favorite restaurants get their seafood, so you know it's the freshest. Daily specials could include lobster, shrimp pizza, king crab, or even Crack Pie. This place gets packed.
5621 Airport 512/454-5827