CROSBY, Texas (KTRK) -- Creole, spice, and everything nice - these components are the formula to success for a crawfish boil.
With southeast Texas getting the mudbug season underway, the pursuit of the cajun delicacy could drive the hungriest to do some extreme things.
Take Crosby's Crawfish Shack, for example, which laid dormant for months until Wednesday, when it opened to drive-thru guests for the first time in the 2023 crawfish season.
The popular outpost posted an eye-popping video: vehicles upon vehicles upon vehicles, lined up around the block.
"Incredible first day of drive thru so far," the restaurant wrote in its Instagram caption. "The first 4 cars were (in) line at 7:30am."
For what it's worth, service was set to begin at 3 p.m.
But, in the video, proprietor Dan Meaux says he had to start up service 30 minutes early to address the long queue. Don't fret, though. The owners said they had enough to serve until their scheduled 9 p.m. closure.
Crawfish Shack, which is open to drive-thru only until mid-February, is no stranger to ABC13 Localish. In a piece from 2020, the outpost was featured, with many of its longtime loyalists beaming about a place that some of them said was better than New Orleans mudbugs.
If this scene discourages you from getting your crawfish fix, don't worry. The restaurant is open from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
The owners add that 262 vehicles were there Wednesday and no one waited more than an hour and a half once the restaurant opened.
"The line moved very quickly and efficiently," co-owner Jennifer Meaux said.
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