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Feb 16, 2007 10:56 AM

Crabulous -- that new Cajun Asian seafood place in SGV

I'm a huge fan of the crabs and crawfish at the Boiling Crab in Garden Grove, when they're in season and not teeny tiny, but the drive from Silver Lake is at least 45 minutes and I'm a demon on the road.

Now we have another choice for spicy Cajun seafood. I went to Crabulous for the first time the other night, pretty damn good, and only 15 minutes from Silver Lake.

The menu at Crabulous is much like the Boiling Crab but the seasoning is not as spicy so order a level above what you would at BC. Crabulous also serves more stuff then BC, onion rings, fries, mussels, clams. But they're still waiting for the liquor license and it is NOT byob.

The decor isn't as fun as BC, and it's smaller, but the cheesy music is the same and so are the pretty girls.

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  1. The no liquor license is a deal breaker, sounds yummy though.

    1. Sounds very intriguing, I could probably make it through a meal without beer. And the name is borderline disgusting!
      I'm up for it. Too bad the website is kinda funky, no menu.
      So did you get crab, or crawfish, or both?

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      1. re: Chowpatty

        I asked the very young host if we could bring beer and he said NO.

        Blue crabs aren't in season yet I guess and those are the only crabs I eat. So we had crawfish --tiny for probably another month. Shrimp with the head -- very good. Clams -- seemed fresh but since Cjauns don't eat clams the seasoning was a bad match.

        The sausage was awesome so was the gumbo. You are supposed to get free corn but our's never showed up. Just like the Boiling Crab this place is run but teenagers who try their best to be polite but are still teenagers.

      2. hershey is the crawfish boil already arrive with sausage in there or what?

        1. Want to go today for lunch...can I smuggle in a twelve pack of red hook ale?

          1. I was there last night with two friends. They had run out several menu items, and the service was quite slow (but friendly). Nonetheless, we really enjoyed it. Ordered shrimp, clams, calamari and fried catfish, all good. We ordered the hottest 'suicide' spiciness level, which was too hot for one of us. Looking forward to going back and actually getting some crab.

            By the way, can anyone give me a thumbnail explanation about how this kind of place has become a hot hangout for Asian-American teens? the place was packed with them. I find it impossible to imagine Anglo kids going out in groups for this kind of messy, intense food on a Saturday night. Is it just an SoCal thing or what?

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            1. re: mcsmcs

              Cute Asian girls dressed all in white eating midbugs with their hands -- crazy!

              1. re: mcsmcs

                this is very much a socal thing that originated in westminster/little saigon with some vietnamese american young'ins who went back home to louisiana and had a brainstorm a couple of years back. it caught on like a santa ana brushfire in the tejon pass among college-age asian americans (probably because of the community, demographic, and age of the original proprietors) from UCI, Cal State Long Beach, etc. and there you have it.

                1. re: rameniac

                  I am doubtful that this phenomenon originated in little Saigon or SoCal in general. I'm Vietnamese-American and grew up in Houston, where the Cajun culinary influence is strong with Louisiana just across the border and the Vietnamese population is even stronger. Over 15 years ago, most of our crawfish joints were already populated predominantly by Asian teens, myself included. That being said, I'll have to visit Crabulous and see if I can't relive some of my youth. I hope it will be as yummy as I remember. So far, none of the crawfish in SoCal can compare to that I've had in Texas or Louisiana.

                  1. re: hch_nguyen

                    i'll take your word for it, as i'm definitely not surprised if places like this already exist in houston or louisiana. my friend from new orleans says that crawfish boils are traditionally home cooking, so you don't find many restaurants that typically do it. but if the asian american communities out there have adopted it, then that's awesome. it's pretty new to L.A. that's for sure, and i think outside of the gulf coast you'd have a hard time finding anything similar!

                    1. re: rameniac

                      The truth is I think cajun/creole cuisine in general finds its roots as "home cooking" (crawfish are called mudbugs after all), but I've never had any problem finding any rendition of it in restaurants in New Orleans, including piping hot freshly boiled crawfish. We live in a world of commercialization and New Orleans is no stranger to it, i.e. jazz, Mardi Gras. In fact, many foods originate as home cooking not just cajun, but you would be hard-pressed not to find them being pandered in some restaurant somewhere. As soon as I cross the border into Louisiana on the 10, I start seeing those billboards coaxing me to stop on in for some original Louisiana "homestyle" cookin' and my mouth starts to water .

                      Now if I could only find a place in SoCal that does decent beignets.....Want to see more young Asians congregating???? Stop in any beignet shop in Houston.....That trend has not made it here yet. The beignets I ordered in a bakery in Little Saigon last year were an abomination. Also, the famed Cafe du Monde market square in New Orleans is teeming with Vietnamese also, workers as well as patrons. To accompany our beignets, we love coffee (cafe sua da) by way of the French during colonization, so you see the indirect connection there between cajun and Vietnamese.

                      1. re: hch_nguyen

                        i've been to cafe du mond a long time ago... not a huge fan of sweets so i can't say or recall how they compare, but the beignets at the gumbo pot (in the farmer's market at the grove) do fine for me. whenever tourists are in town i usually take them there and we all wind up with facefuls of white powdery stuff like rockstars in a limousine.

                        1. re: rameniac

                          I also enjoyed the beignets at cafe du monde, even though it was way over-powdered, for me. the chicory coffee was good too. I also really like the beignets at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney. No congregation of any sort of asian teens yet. But we shall see, I guess.

                          1. re: slacker

                            Where is this Jazz Kitchen? Is it at the Disney Concert Hall (the Frank Gehry thing on Spring and Hope)?

                            If it's true, one of the great missing pieces of my LA food puzzle has been found and I am surely in your debt!

                            1. re: ttriche

                              Downtown Disney is the shopping area adjacent to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure.

                              Never tried the beignets at Brennan's though - had their sandwiches, which are so-so.

                              I'm happy with the versions at the Gumbo Pot and Commander's Palace at Vegas.

                        2. re: hch_nguyen

                          I haven't had a decent beignet out here, at all, anywhere. Have you?

                          The closest place I can think of is Bardia's in Adams Morgan (Washington, DC), and the last time I checked, New Orleans (and Cafe du Monde) was on the way there ;-)

                          Sometimes I actually miss DC.

                          1. re: ttriche

                            Sorry I can't say as I have :( Beignets are definitely one area where my hometown has L.A. trumped. I think I have an idea for an excellent SoCal business venture and where to promote it :)

                          2. re: hch_nguyen

                            Ca phe sua nong with a fresh beignet sounds like my idea of the coffee shop in heaven.