I've never been to a crawfish boil before, so I was really looking forward to Crabby's Cafe & Sports Bar (1050 N Hancock St, The Piazza) summer preview event. Not promising I'd actually EAT a crawfish, especially after learning that true Southerners suck the juices from the head. Never was I so happy to be from the North & not have to defend my authentic-ness.
But drinks & seafood? That I can get behind! We started at the bar, sipping on sangria (white & red, I had red) & Crabby's signature Happy Crab cocktail. Someone at my table said it tasted like college, but better... take from that what you will hahaha.
After sipping a glass (or 5) and socializing, we headed sat down to grub. I opted for the "Regular" table because I wanted to avoid spice, but after hearing the sounds coming from other tables, I wish I had bounced around!
We started with appetizers: Mussels on the half shell, Sweet Potato Chips w/Powdered Sugar, & Cajun Fries, then added Mozz sticks, Gator bites, and Fried Calamari because we're fatasses. I am & never will be a fan of mussels (can't get over the whole no-chewing-just-slide-it-down thing), but I soaked one in cocktail sauce & downed it like a champ to shut everyone up. It wasn't bad I guess, and the mussel lovers at my table finished them off in about 10 seconds, quickly followed by a second tray. I was pleasantly surprised by the (alli)gator bites - made with actual gator meat, but tastes kind of like chicken? In any case, everything was delish, and the sweet potato fries were like a drug. Sooooo gooooood.
We really should have paced ourselves, and probably would have if we knew what was coming next:
Holllllly baby Jesus. It's a large baking pan, filled with everything seafood & good. Lobster, crab legs, KIELBASA, whole potatoes, corn on the cob, crawfish, onions, garlic, more mussels... All in there & bathing/marinating in a kind of sweet/citrus sauce. I risked life & limb to hold everyone off long enough to snap some shots, but reliving that moment right now was so worth it.
This post wouldn't be complete without an actual crawfish, so here you go. And no, I didn't eat it.
While the rest of us laid around in varying stages of food paralysis/coma, one guy ordered Pho. PHO! Complete with all the requisite sauces, toppings, etc. I was impressed by the fact that he actually had room for it, but also that Crabby's had it on offer. Very cool.