I’ve been craving crawfish so badly that I can barely stand it and this past weekend I was ready to do something about it. I haven’t been back to Louisiana lately and I know better than to trust just any place in Dallas. The Big D does a lot of food really well, but Cajun food is hit or miss and a lot of crawfish boils consist of seasoning poured on top of the boiled crawfish – no seasoning in the boil. Major disappointment. But a couple years ago I had some of the real stuff in DFW from a place called Bayou Market and I was ready for more.
As I said, a few years ago my friend and fellow Louisiana gal, Lauren, heard about Bayou Market in Lewisville. Supposedly they were serving up the real thing, so we decided to give it a whirl. One day after work Lauren picked up several pounds and brought them back to Uptown to share with a few others. And they were SO good.
Johnny, Jenna and I set off on Saturday to find the place and get our fill of crawfish season. I wasn’t expecting much in the way of ambiance but truthfully, it was spot on to some hole in the wall in nowhere Louisiana, it’s just missing a daiquiri place next door. Bayou Market is just of 35 in a strip center without much else to note. It’s easy to miss, but the colorfully drawn Cajun themes on the window alert you that you’ve come to the right place.
We stood in the short line, ordered our crawfish and Johnny’s po-boy, and headed to one of the scarce tables in the joint. The place ended up packed for the size and we saw several lines of people go through, both eating in and taking things to go, before we left. The crawfish were as a good as I remembered and Johnny’s claims his po-boy was the real thing (my Celiac situation kept me from touching it…sigh, so I have to take his word for it).
Aside from the authentic dishes and boiled crawfish Bayou Market is serving up, they also have live crawfish for sale and a slew of Louisiana brands of seasonings, meats, beans and more. Plus they have frozen etouffee, gumbo, shrimp creole and more, already prepared and for the taking.
With sweet tea and Abita Root Beer, there are some authentic beverage choices, but you can also BYOB as they don’t serve any alcohol. Next time, and there will be a next time, we’ll be bringing beer and I’ll be sipping on a gluten-free cold one with my Cajun crawfish!