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  • saf

    Does it strike anyone else as funny that a place called “Hot N Juicy Crawfish” would open with a free shrimp event?

  • This is the second location. The one in Las Vegas is supposedly great. I think it’s a good addition to the city. Not trendy, but I think that’s a good thing.

  • it wouldn’t be much of a challenge to be the best restaurant in that stretch. i wish them luck.

  • “A lot o’ people don’t realize what’s really going on. They view life as a bunch o’ unconnected incidents ‘n things. They don’t realize that there’s this, like, lattice o’ coincidence that lays on top o’ everything. Give you an example; show you what I mean: suppose you’re thinkin’ about a plate o’ shrimp. Suddenly someone’ll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o’ shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin’ for one, either. It’s all part of a cosmic unconciousness.”

    -Miller, Repo Man

  • I believe it’s already open. Haven’t been in there yet.

  • Saf – The reason they wouldn’t open with a free crawfish event is becauase it’s not even near time for crawfish season (domestically, at least.) That doesn’t start til sometime in March. Shrimp, on the other hand, are kind of an annual crop and you can get great shrimp in the mid atlantic region.

    I’m curious to see how expensive it is for them to have domestic crawfish. Also, how big the crawfish will be. I’m a Louisiana girl and welcome the oppurtunity to be able to readily access good crawfish near my hood in DC, but skeptical.

    That being said – if they show the LSU v. A&M Cotton Bowl this Friday and I can get some good spicy shrimp, that’ll go a loooong way.

    • maeela, I would first ask if they even sell domestic crawfish. I assume anywhere that’s doing volume cooked crawfish sales (outside the Gulf region) is not using domestic crawfish. If the country of origin is China, which ships alot of crawfish to the U.S., I’d be skeptical. After packaging the product, they freeze it until they have a buyer, which could sit for months or even years in cold storage. I know this from visits to factories. Spain also ships crawfish to the U.S., which are more trustworthy.

      If they are sourced domestically, I’ll be right there with you destroying those mudbugs.

      • The Vegas location ships in fresh domestic crawfish. Assuming they’ll do the same here as its only their second location. Hasn’t franchised yet.

  • Here’s a question from this NOLA gal – will they boil or steam? If they steam I won’t be going.

    Also, while they may good, I have not had favors other than that provided by http://www.zatarains.com/Recipes/Boiled-Seafood.aspx so I am not sure about garlic butter or lemon pepper.

  • I’m with maeella: very skeptical. Even if it’s good, the portions will probably be northern portions, I bet. It won’t be like having a huge pile of ’em poured out on a newspaper-covered picnic table! mmmmmm….

    So, enjoy your 7 crawfish with one potato for $12.95. At least the LSU game might be on!

    I’ll be over at Popeye’s.

    • Yeah, I was thinking that too. They don’t taste as good if they’re not poured out onto a paper-covered picnic table.

  • They damn well better be domestic AND fresh AND boiled live AND delicious. I am sick of not finding good crawdads in this here city.

    I miss Raging Cajun.

  • There’s a place in Eden Center (can’t remember the name) that supposedly has good crawfish. Haven’t been there, but I’ve read some reviews of it.

  • I too wonder about the source of their seafood. I love crawfish and shrimp particularly Cajun style.

    80% of US seafood is imported and 90% of that 80% is farmed shrimp and farmed salmon, both almost universally worse (in some cases much much worse) for the environment and a consumers than the wild-caught product. Shrimp from the wild meanwhile often, though not always, inflicts a big impact on the oceans. For every pound of shrimp caught, 5-20 pounds of other critters are also caught and then dumped overboard dead.

    Some shrimp fisheries and farms are a lot better than others. US shrimpers, for instance, must use devices to exclude turtles from their nets. Pink shrimp from Oregon, farmed white shrimp from the U.S. and spot shrimp from BC are excellent choices and quite sustainable.

    I’ve asked the restaurant where they get their crawfish and shrimp and the species. If it’s at all sustainable, I’ll be at this restaurant a lot.

  • The Las Vegas spot is super good. I’m shocked they would open the 2nd location here, but I couldn’t be happier.

  • I called the restaurant 202-299-9448 and ask about their crawfish. They said they specialize in live crawfish and would not sell frozen unless they absolutely have to, but they will inform you before you order. And they are currently serving it live. It’s great to know they fly their crawfish LIVE in from Louisiana and Texas. They are NOT from China. The owners are from Texas and yes, they boil them…lol! I was concern when I read the comments so I had to find out for myself.
    They said they are giving away free shrimp because crawfish isn’t in season and they are not getting abundant of it right now. Either way, I’m very excited to give them a try!!

  • haha, I agree with saf, it is pretty funny that their grand opening would feature shrimp! Can’t wait to try this place out soon…

  • Tried it. It has soft opened. They still have some finishing touches to the interior and they dont have a liqour license yet but the food was good. Well the wings were blah but everything else was good. It is definetly set up as a sports bar. Lots of TVs. So once they start slinging beer its a sure contender for watching games. Seems an odd fit for Woodley park. Im sure they will do well during tourist season. But im not sure the WP locals will show it much love. Worth tryin.

    • I, for one, am THRILLED to have a place like this in Woodley Park. For such a busy commercial area, there sure is a lack of good businesses that are of use to actual residents.

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