The title had to be engaging and, although it looks as I had to shun the decorum, it would be just right in the essence of today's post.
My stay continued in Dallas over the weekend and I was looking for a perfect lunch out there. Be prepared to skim through the abundant choices you get in Dallas. I was in no mood of that.
As people say (they haven't),
'Cometh the hour, 'Cometh the restaurant.
Don't google it, I sure did tweak it based on my preferences. So, the restaurant did rise up to the occasion and it was a cuisine I was willing to go the extra mile for and, hence obliged. It's Cajun and the restaurant is The Boiling Crab.
I reached the place around half past noon and it was crowded. It's a compact restaurant and it's filled to the brim during the weekends as you could see with the line extended outside. It's become customary for me in the recent past to visit restaurants with a waiting time of 30 minutes to say the least and this place was no different. I kept idling away outside, in the not-so appealing strip mall in which this restaurant was situated. Finally, our name was called out in a mic and the speakers resonated them. We went in and the lady showed us a table right around the corner.
They tie you up with some plastic napkins and put forth a pair of crackers and forks for us to begin the adventure.
The menu was quite straightforward for you to choose from. However, we wanted to go with the in house recommendations which were the Snow Crab Legs and Shrimp. They let you order by the pound, so we started off with a pound each of those delectable dishes. You also get to order some of their best sides one could pair up with the seafood which in our case was Corn on the Cob, Boiled Red Potatoes and Cajun Fries.
I have totally forgot the main part. We get to choose the sauce that you could blend the aforementioned dishes in. You have three different sauces you could choose from. The Rajun Cajun, Lemon Pepper and Garlic Sauce. Can't Decide?
Me neither. So, you get a fourth option which is The Whole Sha-Bang! which is a mix of all three sauces. I went for it. Delish!
Oh! And then comes step 3, the server asks us how spicy we could go?
They are four levels - Don't Bother, Don't Bother, Medium and XXX.
I wanted to enjoy the flavors and hence went with medium and I recommend my readers the same. Phew, done with the main part.
The Cajun Fries were the first to be served at our table.
These were freshly made and right out of the fryer. Piping hot as said. However, the noticeable component of the dish was the seasoning. These are really delicious. It would be a perfect pairing for the dishes we ordered and we couldn't have enough of it.
While we were at it, our two pounds of Cajun glory made it's way.
Firstly, my eyes fell on the Snow Crab Legs. They are really huge and were rested on a bed of three sauce blend. The Sha-Bang. Snapped a leg out of it and guided my way through with the crab crackers. The meat was so fresh and once you crack the leg, you can see the broth oozing out as well. Suck right into it!
I removed the meat which was strenuous and did take some time. However, it was worth the wait. I drowned the meat into the marinade and partook it. I relished this moment of glory. These snow crab legs were really the best thing happened to Cajun.
The next bite, I combined it with the fries and the meat. It was utterly finger-licking. You get the bits of garlic in the sauce as well which is perfect in this context.
I jumped into the next pound of heaven awaiting me.
It was Shrimp. It came included with the sides we ordered. Took one of it and I should tell you, don't remove the head before slurping it out. It has the blend of all the sauces and the flavor you get in shrimp which is worth it. Once that's done, shuck out the outer layer and repeat the same process of marrying it with the marinade (A match made in heaven, as they say!). The texture of the shrimp is much softer than I expected. Its not rubbery which is good. Perfectly boiled down. But, expect it to be more chewy than the crab meat.
Tried the Corn on the Cob which is really soft and the sweetest corn I have tasted in a long time. And to pair it with the sauces only makes the experience enthralling. The Red Potatoes come with skin on and never expected them to be as tender as they were. Loved it. Ask for the lemon wedges. Adds a wonderful flavor to the sha-bang.
We went on ordering a pound of each again with the Cajun fries and my experience with the snow crab legs was really something I would cherish forever. The server also recommended us ordering the Craw fish or the Dungeness Crab but we were stuffed by then and kept it for next time.
Would definitely recommend to give this place a look up if you are in Dallas or California. You are bound to get messy but who cares, it's totally worth it. This is a place you would want to go to wreak some havoc with your food, Seriously!
Look at the carnage.
A sight to behold, isn't it?
This would definitely be a experience worth contemplating and I suggest my readers the same.
The Boiling Crab
10560 Walnut St Ste 100 Dallas, TX 75243
Value For Money: 8/10