I’ve never had the BBQ shrimp—or the crawfish, which came up on another recent thread (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/375509 )—at the Texas-based chain Pappadeux’s Seafood Kitchen. However, I feel compelled to mention that all the other chow that I’ve had there has not been good. Over the years I’ve tried their calamari appetizer, fried shrimp, crab cakes, grilled and fried fish, and a few desserts. The food, especially the fried items, tasted like heated-up and assembled frozen dinners rather than freshly-cooked Cajun-style seafood. The sauces were bad. The desserts were too sweet.
I’m probably pointing out the obvious. The special purview of chain restaurants is inoffensive, but not really delicious or exciting, chow served in a familiar environment. The Pappas family has founded an empire by excelling at just that.
It’s always possible that Pappadeux’s BBQ shrimp is the exception to the rule of chain mediocrity, but I thought I’d share my experiences with the rest of the menu.
They may not serve BBQ shrimp, but some of the other Cajun options discussed in these threads are worth exploring:
Keep us posted on your search.