Baton Rouge couple develops app to help you find the cheapest crawfish in south Louisiana

    A Baton Rouge couple has released a smartphone app to help south Louisianans find the best and cheapest crawfish.

    The idea for the aptly named Crawfish App came to Ryan and Laney King four years ago, after they grew tired of spending hours calling crawfish spots in the city trying to find the best deal for their weekend boils.

    Laney King says her husband, a civil engineer turned law student, jokingly wondered why an app did not exist to simplify the process, and the two soon got to work crafting their own.

    The free app was launched for Android and Apple devices earlier this month. It features live and boiled crawfish prices from more than 300 vendors in the Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Houma, New Orleans and Covington areas. Laney King says there’s even some prices for areas of Texas, adding she and her husband are also working to include pricing at all 54 Rouses Supermarket locations. Users can also add vendors to the app.

    This is just the early stage,” she says. “In the future we will have a portal that allows vendors to login and update pricing themselves.”

    Currently, the Kings call each of the vendors on the app every Thursday—the day most crawfish sellers told them was best for accurate pricing—-and update the prices for the coming weekend. As of Tuesday, the app had 6,500 users, which Laney King says is on pace to exceed their goal of having 25,000 users after two months.

    The app will soon have a feature where users can submit reviews of each vendor, she says, and other features based on user feedback will also be added. The Kings hope to eventually turn a profit by selling advertising on the app.

    Last weekend, the cheapest boiled crawfish in Baton Rouge were being sold at Rouses, Winn-Dixie and Berthelot’s Crawfish Co., at $8.97 for three pounds, according to the app. Berthelot’s and Hole ‘N Da Wall Seafood were selling the cheapest live crawfish, at $1.99 and $2.09 per pound, respectively. Get complete details on the app.

    —Sam Karlin

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