when two of her favorite restaurants serving crawfish seem to be closed?
Lucky for me (and I am the aforementioned crawfish lover), we were introduced to the Crawfish Hut last year by Jim and Lynn, who were at that time the “grand poobahs” of the RV park where we stay when in Cajun Country. Jim and Lynn are no longer at Frog City RV and have moved on to manage a park in Yuma, AZ; it is strange being here without them.
“In 1993, the Crawfish Hut opened as a drive-thru crawfish stand serving steaming hot, bright red boiled crawfish. Open only during the South Louisiana crawfish season during its first decade, the Hut quickly became known for its perfectly seasoned and prepared mudbugs. Only select-grade crawfish were chosen for the Hut's boiling pots! It was this attention to detail that made the Crawfish Hut famous” (crawfishhut.com).
As you might expect from a place with the word “hut” in the name, this place is not fancy. The exterior resembles a Cajun cabin with weathered wood, slopped roof, and covered porch. This latter has a small bar area off to one side and is set with tables for al fresco
In back is another building housing a retail/wholesale crawfish outlet.
The menu is certainly more than just boiled crawfish and includes Crawfish Pasta, Crawfish Enchiladas, Crawfish Étouffée, and Crawfish Duo (half fried crawfish and half crawfish étouffée). And if crawfish aren’t your thing, you can order Chicken Pasta, Red Beans and Rice with Sausage, Fried Catfish, Fried Shrimp, Fried Oysters, Ribeye Steak, or Hamburger Steak.
A chalkboard just inside the door outlines the crawfish pricing—three pounds for $13.99, five pounds for $25.00, and on Tuesday, “all you can eat” for $33.99.
I considered the boiled crawfish and shrimp combo, but doubted that I could eat three pounds of crawfish plus a half pound of shrimp. So I stayed with the three pound order to be served medium spicy.
Chuck, not being a crawfish fan (unless they are already peeled and then battered and fried and preferably served in a poor boy), opted for the fried catfish plate that came with a side—a very large side—of red beans and rice and a roll. To this he added (not photographed) another side of grilled veggies (carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower).
The red beans and rice were quite good. Not quite as good as mine, but still quite good. The beans contained a goodly amount of smoky, but not overly spicy, sausage and had that creamy consistency that is hard to achieve.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.