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Sep 30, 2011 12:30 PM

Crazy Cajun in Tampa

So groupon is having a deal on this restaurant.
Thought I would try it out. I was wondering if anyone has been there yet and can tell me what its like. Maybe what I should order? Crawfish will be on the list no doubt.

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  1. wow! They have fried crab claws on the menu. I looked at their Facebook page. I wonder if the owners are Vietnamese from Louisiana

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    1. re: rhnault

      Actually, the Crab Shack on Gandy Blvd. in St. Pete has had fried blue crab claws on their menu for as long as I can remember. And they are also great sauteed in garlic & butter too.

      Crab Shack Restaurant
      11400 Gandy Blvd N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33702

      1. re: RibDog

        I never noticed them on the menu there. That is the way we eat them in the panhandle. Either fried or sauteed. They are on just about every seafood restaurant menu up there. Big meaty ones.

    2. Very interesting! I'll be out that way on Monday. I might pop in for lunch and try their Oyster Po' boy.

      1. Ok, I hate to be critical of any small business (especially a food based business), but I will warn you that the food at the Crazy Cajun is pretty bad. My wife and I went for lunch one day just out of curiosity, as I am a Louisiana native and there was a coupon in the Creative Loafing. Long story short, it was mediocre at best.

        We didn't order crawfish, but saw a few people eating them. I assume they are Chinese crawfish, as they're out of season for domestic production. Doesn't mean they are bad (if you boil them right, they should be good), but they were all pre-packaged in clear plastic bags when they came out. I have never seen that before and am not sure how they were cooking/heating them (microwave)? Gumbo was pretty mediocre and I believe it was a pre-made gumbo from a food service company (Sysco?). Had a pretty strange flavor. Gator bites were chewy and didn't come with any sort of sauce. We asked for something and received cocktail sauce. Not a good match. We ordered a shrimp po-boy because I figured it was the safest bet for fried seafood. Big sandwich (lot of bread) with eight (or was it six?) fried shrimp. We split it and ended up with mostly bread.

        If you go, do it at your own risk. I think the place is kind of a joke and they really give the Cajun food a bad name. I would hate for anyone to think that it is even remotely authentic. Instead, head to Ricky P's or Cajun Cafe on the Bayou. I believe the owners claim to have roots in Louisiana. That doesn't mean they can cook. My sister is also from Louisiana but can barely boil water (just cuz you're from there doesn't mean you can cook the food).

        Alright, end of story. If you are interested, then at least give it a try, especially if you can get a Groupon. Make your own decision and the most you'll spend if $15-$20.

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        1. re: UptownKevin

          Thanks for saving me a trip to E Fowler lol

          1. re: UptownKevin

            Got any suggestions for the Tampa area?

            1. re: herbert1

              Kevin, thanks for saving me the disappointment of a meal at Crazy Cajun. It was on my short list as I drive by it several times a week. Herbert, Gulfcoast Po'boys is deep into Pinellas but it is worth the drive, no joke.

            2. re: UptownKevin

              Kevin, appreciate the review, thanks for saving me a trip. Can you email me at (my nickname on here) at gmail? I gotta ask you something.


            3. I finally went because I had that groupon. It wasn't anything spectacular. We ordered some crawfish, which was alright. I can't really explain the seasoning, mostly garlic is what I remember. Also got the fried oysters which had more of a tempura type coating and they were alright too. The service was friendly. I probably won't go back again for awhile. I didn't have a particularly bad experience but I feel there are better choices in the area.