When I moved from Texas to Louisiana I felt like I a horse trader.

I gave up outlaw country shows in rural Travis County but I gained hot brass

Westwego Shrimp Lot Soft Shell Crabs

Westwego Shrimp Lot Soft Shell Crabs

sets in smokey dives in the 7th Ward.

I walked away from the greatest barbecue on Earth trading it for the greatest seafood on Earth.

Louisiana has no peer when it comes to fresh, Gulf of Mexico seafood and in the crowded seafood market of New Orleans there is no finer source than the Westwego Shrimp Lot.

Savvy fish buyers in Orleans and Jefferson Parish know that when freshness is paramount, there is no better seafood source in the Deep South.

Buyers from all over the state of Louisiana travel to Westwego to buy fish.

Westwego Shrimp Lot opened in 1977 under the aegis of Ronnie Temento Sr, the owner of the property

This is where the Scrumptious crew goes to find the biggest, sweetest soft shell crabs in the USA.

Pictured: a whale of a soft shell relaxing nicely in a cast iron pan filled with fresh, hot lard. Photo taken deep in the Bywater in the Scrumptious Chef test kitchen.

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