It’s March and that means crawfish season is in full swing at Where Y’at Seafood Market. The season normally runs from February to June, but Where Y’at has been serving their crawfish hot and ready, imported straight from Louisiana since January.
“Its crawfish season now. We’re moving like 10,000 pounds of crawfish a week,” owner Paul Ruiz said.
Where Y’at Seafood Market is where you can find authentic New Orleans cooking and flavor at its best without going to Louisiana to find it. Serving cuisine ranging from beignets to Boudin balls, the family-owned market and food truck are located about a quarter mile east of Walmart Supercenter in Navarre at 9575 Navarre Parkway.
Where Y’at Seafood is a destination for anyone who loves Cajun and Creole cooking. Originally from New Orleans himself, Ruiz is a 26-year veteran of the United States Air Force who retired as a Chief Master Sergeant. He values both military personnel and Cajun food.
Ruiz noted that he offers a free meal to anyone coming back from a deployment and will throw a party for a group coming back from a deployment.
Ruiz grew up in New Orleans and learned to cook at an early age, and he frequently cooked for events on base while he was in the Air Force.
His stepsons, Courtney and Will Lumpkin, help manage the business, which not only features a seafood market on the property but also has a food truck where you can order a meal and sit down under the covered eating area and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The market opened in 2017, and the food truck is a new addition, coming up on its one-year anniversary.
In addition, Where Y’at now offers catering for anyone in need of some delicious Cajun cuisine in bulk for crawfish or shrimp boils.
Plenty of fresh seafood items are available in the market including snapper and grouper as well as other popular fish caught locally in the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll also find lobster and shrimp in the market. There’s even a gift shop.
When it comes to meals at the food truck, the menu has plenty of options. And the recipes are Ruiz’s own.
Cajun egg rolls, truffle fries tossed in Cajun seasoning, red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee and seafood gumbo are all available as well as boiled seafood, which you can even have prepared Viet-Cajun style. That involves having the seafood tossed in garlic butter mixed with Asian flavors such as ginger and lemongrass.
Wings and wraps as well as tasty dessert options such as Nana Bren’s World-famous Cheesecake or Gone Bananas Pudding will put the exclamation point on your meal.
Looking for breakfast? Where Y’at has that, too. Start your morning out with a hot cappuccino and a JuJu Pouch, which is similar to a ﬂattened breakfast burrito, seared right on the grill. You can never go wrong with a beignet as well.
The food truck and market are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
“We’re always tweaking our recipes and making them the best they can be,” Ruiz said.
It’s why Where Y’at is where you need to be for the best in New Orleans style cooking right here in Navarre.
Where Y’at Seafood
9575 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, FL 32566
Market: Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Closed Monday
Food Truck: Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Closed Monday