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kirkj Dec 31, 2008 02:48 AM

Any news about Crayfish King in the old MIK spot?

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    smalt Dec 31, 2008 04:30 AM

    This is all I've seen so far:

    http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com...

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      smalt Jan 18, 2009 07:26 PM

      Looks like they're getting closer - there are little bottles of presumably hot sauce lined up in the windows, along with a liquor license notice......

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        kirkj Jan 19, 2009 01:56 AM

        Thanks for the update. Recently went to My Brother's Crawfish in Portland and really enjoyed it. If its anything like it, it'll be a fine addition to Seattle's scene.

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        mrnelso Jan 19, 2009 03:04 PM

        Our local, native, crayfish are being out-competed by imported Louisiana cousins, but Lake Washington has a thriving population and I'm a little disappointed that the Crawfish King will be air-freighting. Maybe he just doesn't know? Or maybe I don't?

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          kirkj Jan 20, 2009 01:34 AM

          Is there any local operators that are farming or catching crawfish commercially in quantity and quality?

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            GreenYoshi Jan 20, 2009 08:35 AM

            Right. This is the issue. Most of the Lake Washington crayfish are caught in very small quantities by independent individuals for personal use. (you might see them in supermarkets around here every once in a while, but I don't think nearly enough is caught to run a restuarant)

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              vanillagorilla Jan 20, 2009 03:22 PM

              It wouldn't surprise me to see it as a special at some place like Sitka and Spruce, The Corson Building, or Tilth. And I know that a few of the fish markets have the local one when in season. But the peak season is really for only a few months in the summer.

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              sagemb Jan 21, 2009 10:29 AM

              Check with the owners of Wild Salmon Fish market. They have a retail store but also supply wholesale.

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            VictoriaD Feb 13, 2009 01:25 AM

            Had dinner with friends there this last weekend. I think it was grand opening and it was really crowded. We had crab and crawfish...they were out of corn and potatoes?? One other thing, they did not have any beer =(. The food was really good and ...wowza ! it was spicy but that's how we liked it! The decor was nice and atmosphere was fun. Our waiter was really nice, overall service was great...I hope they keep it up. I have alot of friends from the south and will be spreading the word. I will visit again but they better serve some beer soon!..haha

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              Leper Feb 14, 2009 02:21 PM

              Crayfish King has great potential. Their gumbo is an out-of-this-world bargain at $5.99 a bowl. (Contains a generous helping of fresh shrimp, oysters and sausage with a properly seasoned base. Worth the trip alone.) Blue crab is served piping hot slathered in a cajun sauce. (Wear old clothes and dive in.) The catfish is another bargain at $8.99 for a generous 4 piece serving that was perfectly cooked. Disappointing are the clams which were poorly cooked served in an aluminum foil pan. Everything is served on paper plates or disposal pans with plastic utensils giving the overall impression that you're eating at a very, very good Skippers. Service was great. I hope they make it these trying times.

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                hickdolphin Feb 15, 2009 03:15 PM

                Blue Crab and Southern crayfish . Well it can't be as fresh as seafood raised here. Just like the chickens. We will soon have comercials on TV of Crayfish and crabs trying to impersonate local seafood.

              2. PeoplePawn Feb 15, 2009 03:54 PM

                I've been watcing this location for months, since Made In Kitchen closed. I eat 4-5 times per week in the International District. Finally last weekend The Crawfish King opened, and I've been back every day for the last week, working my way through the menu.
                The menu is rather limited, but full of surprises...all items can be custom ordered with a selection of "hotness" on the sauce....with a few varieties of sauce style....I have not passed the "Lil Easy" stage as yet.
                I've enjoyed every fish variety on the menu, even though many have been a first time experience. So far my favs are the shrimo, Dunganess crab and clams. I think the food is fantastic, but must warn the serving style may be a little too casual for Seattle. Plastic plates, shrimp in the bag, throw-away cups, bibs and no glassware may seem a little too disposable for Seattle.....I argue it could be "Green" eating....think of all the chemicals and water that is being saved in the dishwashing alone!
                Decor is pretty cool considering there was no huge corporation installing the decor. Service is fast and efficient. Always attentive smiling staff explaining the menu, sauces and eating style. Prices I believe are reasonable for seafood. Still waiting on their wine/beer license (come on City Of Seattle - get it issued), which will only add to my experience in the future. I think this place will be a huge hit, once smart diners find out about it food and service. I wish them the very best.

                1. terrier Feb 24, 2009 04:40 PM

                  Went today for a late lunch - they don't open until 2:30pm during the week which is... strange.

                  Crawfish were legit. I grew up on the Gulf Coast a couple of hours out of NO and the mudbugs were like we'd do in the yard - boiled up with spices, sausage, corn, and potatoes (BTW: order more of these with your boil!) and dropped on the table. If you like the idea of the Crab Pot but want better food, this is your place.

                  Gumbo was pretty darn good - by far the best I've had in Seattle (though I like mine a bit spicier, it's nothing a dash of sauce can't fix) as was an unfancy catfish po-boy.

                  Prices weren't cheap - $66 for 5 lbs of crawfish, extra corn and potatoes, 3 cups of gumbo, and a catfish poboy with fries. I felt it was worth it.

                  Next time we'll have to try some crab and shrimp.

                  2 things they gotta fix: they need beer and real brewed iced tea (unsweet, of course.)

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                    equinoise Feb 27, 2009 07:58 AM

                    Serving a pile of boiled crustaceans splayed across a table without also serving cold beer is probably a code violation. Certainly a violation of moral code.

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                      terrier Feb 28, 2009 11:51 AM

                      Amen. I will go back as soon as they have beer. (Though it's tempting to show up with a banquet license and a couple of six packs of Abita.)

                  2. hickdolphin Feb 27, 2009 04:30 AM

                    Ok I am not a local but I travel through alot. I think I would like to try it but Where is it at?

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                      smalt Feb 27, 2009 04:36 AM

                      725 S Lane (right on the corner of 8th & Lane)

                    2. Charles Mar 1, 2009 10:20 AM

                      Had a delicious meal here last night 2 lbs of crayfish fairly spicy and 1 Lbs of blue crabs. I would say the crabs were not really worth it but the crawfish… oh my. The gumbo we ordered never arrived and the po’ boy was only so so with no remoulade just regular mayo. But I will keep going back for the mud bugs!

                      The décor makes it feel a bit like a chain restaurant or a flagship soon to be chain…

                      They really need to get their beer and wine license because those bad boys need some beer to wash them down with, and what’s up the raspberry tea I know we are all fancified up here in Seattle but nothing wrong with a bit of plain old sweet tea now and again.

                      And wet naps, eating with your fingers is messy work please give me something; a damp towel or moist towl’et would have been oh so welcome.

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                        Sam Irwin Apr 9, 2010 07:48 AM

                        Perhaps the readers of this thread may find the listings of Louisiana crawfish suppliers useful.
                        http://www.crawfish.org/content/produ...

                        We in South Louisiana invented crawfish and believe that Louisiana crawfish are the best so insist on Louisiana crawfish.

                        Sam Irwin
                        Media Consultant
                        Louisiana Crawfish Promotion and Research Board

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                          equinoise Apr 9, 2010 01:50 PM

                          MOve this post to greater seattle.

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