Review of Hot N Juicy Crawfish
I stop by Hot N Juicy Crawfish on Sunday to catch the second half of the Celtics and Lakers game. The staff was very friendly and polite they took time to explain the menu and the levels of spice and various sauces. They were out of Maryland Blue Crab, and dungeness crab. So I order a 1lb of Louisiana crawfish and an order of etoufeee. The etoufee was a sizable portion which was a nice surprise however it lacked any kinda of deep flavor it was mostly just spicy. The crawfish I could tell had been previously frozen and the seasoning was similar to the etoufee spicy but no real flavor. They offer both import at $4.50 and domestic $3.50 beer which is a bargin concerning it was not Happy Hour. The restaurant has several flat screen TV's so its not a bad spot to grab a beer the food is just okay nothing to write home about.
Crawfish etouffee must be avoided ALWAYS. Invariably, frozen tails are used and they are rubbery, there is just no way around it. Shrimp etouffe is always a better choice. You can't freeze boiled crawfish any more than you can freeze a fresh egg. The crawfish you had were either not boiled properly or too old. You really need to eat crawfish freshly boiled. The key here would be to find out when they are boiling and arrive soon after they are ready. I can see how they are inconsistent in their quality, not having proper demand to boil daily or twice daily as would be needed to get a good product. Try the boils I mention in the creole thread or Acadiana when they do the happy hour thing, though the prices are about 3x what I would consider fair.
901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001