St. Martin

Apr 6, 2012 11:27 PM by Shawn Kline

Good Friday great for restaurants, not so "good" for crawfish

In St. Martin Parish, the Crawfish Capital of the World is booming!
Hundreds around Acadiana are coming together for crawfish boils or out to restaurant in observance of Good Friday but it's not a "good" Friday at all if you're a crawfish.

"How much crawfish did I sell today," Deanna Welch pondered.

Welch manages Crazy 'Bout Crawfish in Breaux Bridge. Every Friday before Easter, that's one place where the shells get crackin'.

"They place orders way ahead of time for crawfish," Welch said. "Live or boiled."

It's one of the busiest nights of the year for crawfish restaurants. At Crazy "Bout Crawfish, it's one of the busiest Good Fridays in its five-year history.

The restaurant went through more than 3,500 lbs of mudbugs in just one night.

At one point, Welch was concerned the restaurant may run-out of the tasty crustacean. That is, until a truck rolled-up and opened its doors. The cargo was full of crawfish- more than 100-sacks, 35 lbs each.

"I like it any kind of way," Irma Weber said. "I'm eating 5 lbs, I don't know if I can make it!"

Whether it's boiled, etouffee, or any other way, it's the most popular order this Good Friday (no, we didn't mean to say that in a Dr. Seuss way).

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