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Saloon’s crawfish boils draw crowds

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    Young and old attendees of last Saturday’s Red Horse Saloon crawfish boil admire the live creatures before they are sacrificed for the benefit of their taste buds. Owner Alana Smith said the saloon would host a few more boils before the season ends. BUL
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    Red Horse Saloon owner Alana Smith poses with a box of food at the venue’s all-you-can-eat crawfish boil. Smith said that the event has been wildly successful, and there will be a few more boils before the season ends. BULLETIN PHOTO/Chuck McCollough

If you haven’t made it over to the Red Horse Saloon recently, you’ve been missing out on a yummy Louisiana favorite.

The saloon, located on Highway 16 just before Mansfield Park, has been offering all-you-can eat crawfish boils on Saturdays for $20.

“We pride ourselves on our crawfish boils. We started on New Year’s Eve, and have been told by many people that we have the best boil around,” said owner Alana Smith.

Smith credited her cooks Martin Jeffers, James Morgan and Alan Calaway, saying they had come up with the perfect recipe.

“When you have some actual Cajun folks tell you it is as good as they get back home, you know it is good,” she said.

Smith said the saloon would be doing a couple more Saturday crawfish boils before the season ends.

Among the hungry folks at the Red Horse Saloon last Saturday, April 24, was the Schlortt family: dad Harris, mom Kelsey, seven-year old twins, Harrison Gunner, boy, and Hayleigh Ann, girl, and Warren Lee, three years old.

“This was our first time out here, as we are just now able to have more time to do more outings with the kids,” Harris said “The kids had a blast, as did we, and the kids really enjoyed playing with live crawfish before dinner,” Harris Schlortt said.

Alana Smith moved to Bandera in June of 2014 and started bartending at the Longhorn Saloon, then got a job at Hondo National Bank, where she worked her way up to the title of operations officer.

“I have three kids, and one grandbaby. My best friend, Bama, started Boot & Saddle Saloon, and lost her battle with cancer on December 28, 2019, so I have kept her legacy alive,” she said.

“I took over the Red Horse Saloon on Oct. 1, 2020, when the building the Boot & Saddle Saloon was in was sold and we had no place to go. I have since reopened that inside the Best Western, and will be opening Shotgun Sports Bar on June 1 this year,” Smith continued.

“My staff and I have brought such a wide variety of stuff to the Red Horse, a lot that Bandera has never seen,” Smith exclaimed.

Smith said that upcoming events include Ladies Night, Mystery Dinner Theater and more.

For more information about events at the Red Horse Saloon, including future crawfish boils, call 830 796 3825 or visit their Facebook page.