Friday, June 04, 2010

Hot N Juicy Friday

Things were hot and juicy at the start of our Memorial Day weekend when we joined our friends Paul, Darla, and Tracy, for dinner on Friday at the Hot N Juicy Crawfish restaurant.
The restaurant was packed with a line of people waiting outside. We grabbed drinks at the bar and stood near a wall adorned with photos including one of the host of Man v. Food, Adam Richman. Around us, customers sat plastic tablecloth lined tables, most wore bibs, and some had on plastic gloves but all looked like they were enjoying themselves--and the food! We couldn't wait to taste a few items from the menu ourselves. Meanwhile our friends kept us company and it is not often you'll find two beers for $5 at a restaurant nowadays (not to mention the reasonably prices dishes on the menu).
When we finally sat down, John and I ordered sweet potato fries, a pound of shrimp, and a pound of crawfish. Raw oysters and other seasonal items like the Dungeness crab and blue crab were available to order by the pound and we had our choice of seasoning: Juicy Cajun, Garlic Butter, Lemon Pepper, or the Hot n Juicy Special (a blend of all of the seasonings). Then there's the degree of spiciness: mild, medium, spicy, or extra spicy. We picked the Hot n Juicy Special seasoning with 'spicy' on the shrimp and 'extra spicy' on the crawfish.
I loved the extra spicy Hot n Juicy seasoning but it was a little too hot for John. Across the table, Paul was sweating bullets with the spicy seasoning on his crawfish, LOL. Not everyone likes to suck the crawfish head but that's where the flavor and seasoning are soaked up so pucker up and suck head!! Everything was absolutely tasty and the cold beer kept coming to help us wash down the heat.

I could go on and on but you should visit for yourself if you get the chance the next time you are in Vegas. The restaurant is just west of China town on Spring Mountain Road before Decatur Boulevard. Their website is under construction but you can find them on Facebook along with a menu, better photos, and even instructions for how to peel and eat a crawfish so you can spend more time eating than prying in the shelled critter for the meat.

My advice for a pleasant experience: wear dark clothes (nothing you'd care about if it got stained), short sleeved shirt, and pull up your hair so it doesn't get in the way because you would not want to touch your face when your hands are covered with all the hot and juicy, buttery, garlic goodness! Oh ... and kiss your sweetie before dinner unless both of you don't mind garlic breath.
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