The Piedmont’s Own Authentic Cajun Seafood House Is Close to Home
Often, taking your family out to dinner can be a real challenge. First, not everyone always enjoys the same kinds of food. Additionally, not every restaurant is family-friendly, especially if you have very young children. They enjoy eating, but sometimes can make a mess, so many families just end up staying home. However, there are occasions when you want to celebrate an accomplishment. Maybe your daughter received straight As on her report card. Or your son won the school’s talent show. You’re looking for a fun, casual dining experience the whole family can enjoy. But you want to take them someplace different instead of the same old fare. Maybe something like an authentic Cajun Seafood House with a taste of Louisiana – but with food for your picky eaters. There’s such a restaurant here in the Piedmont Triad area. It’s the Crazy Crab Seafood & Grill. Moreover, we welcome the entire family…everyone may get messy when digging into our baskets or boils!
Our restaurant is the result of a 15-year effort to bring you truly delectable unique dishes from our Cajun seafood house. First, we traveled through Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, and of course Louisiana. Then, we gathered recipes and perfected them in our kitchens to bring you the best seafood dishes ever. The result is a truly memorable meal served in a casual, family setting. As a Cajun might say, “O, joie de vivre” (Oh, joy of living!)
Come visit us in Greensboro and Winston-Salem. We’ll serve you the freshest and most delectable seafood. And if you’re not a seafood lover, that’s okay too. Because we also have incredible salads, steaks, and burgers. Our lunch baskets start at just $8. Additionally, if you have a craving for seafood but want to eat at home, we have online ordering. So, you can still enjoy the taste of an authentic seafood house from the comfort of your home.
Who Are the Cajuns?
In the 1600s, Catholic French colonists settled in what now is known as Nova Scotia, Canada. They lived there in relative peace until the mid-1700s. It was then that the British government ordered them to give up their religion and swear allegiance to the king. When the colonists refused, the British expelled them. These French colonists, known as Acadians, fled to other lands.
At this time, Spain controlled much of the Louisiana territory. In 1784, the King of Spain consented to let the Acadians settle in South Louisiana. These scattered exiles joined a number of their people who had arrived in Louisiana years earlier. When they received a hostile greeting from the French aristocracy, they moved into the undeveloped bayou regions. Relatively isolated from the more populous cities of Southern Louisiana, they flourished.
Over time, these Acadian people became known as Cajuns. Living in a rural mostly isolated community, the Cajuns, lived off the land, farming, trapping, hunting, and fishing. While cooking with a traditional French flair, Cajuns experimented with local herbs and spices to find the best flavor combinations. They adapted meals around the area’s bountiful ingredients. Moreover, with a plentiful supply of seafood, this became the basis for many dishes.
What Is Different About a Cajun Seafood House?
Traditionally, the Cajun people adapted their traditional dishes to whatever ingredients that were available in Louisiana. The nearby waters offered crab, oyster, crawfish, shrimp, catfish, and redfish. Additionally, other ethnicities in the area such as Germans, Italians, and Native Americans lent influences. Undoubtedly, the results are simple but hearty one-pot dishes.
Almost all Cajun dishes start with bell pepper, onion, and celery. Typically, seasonings include garlic, paprika, thyme, parsley, and green onion. Many dishes also use a roux, a blend of flour and butter. Since rice thrived in Louisiana’s hot sticky climate, it too became the basis for many meals.
Some examples of traditional hearty Cajun dishes are Jambalaya, Gumbo, and Étouffée. And here at Crazy Crab Seafood & Grill, we’ve perfected recipes to bring you an authentic Cajun taste. Our Jambalaya rice dish consists of chicken, shrimp, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, banana peppers, Cajun seasoning, and tomato sauce. While our Gumbo is a blend of shrimp, tilapia, celery, onions, green bell peppers, in a thick roux. Or try our Étouffée. Crawfish tails in a buttery blend of onions, green peppers, and celery served alongside rice make up this tasty dish.
What is a Po’ Boy?
Back in the 1920s, two brothers, Bennie and Clovis Martin, owned a restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana. During the 1929 streetcar strike, the brothers sympathized with striking workers. They created an inexpensive sandwich of gravy and spare bits of roast beef. To help support striking workers, they offered a free sandwich to any member of the union. When a striking worker came to their restaurant for a sandwich, the brothers would exclaim, “Here comes another poor boy.” And so, the sandwich soon became known as the Po’ Boy.
A staple of New Orleans cuisine, hot roast beef Po’ Boys dripping with gravy are similar to the original. However, today there are many other different versions. Fried seafood is the most popular adaption, but sausage, hamburger, and ham and cheese are also popular. The bread is usually French bread or a crusty baguette.
At Crazy Crab Seafood & Grill, you have a choice of fried shrimp, fried oysters or grilled crab cake on French bread. Then we top it with lettuce and tomato and our very own remoulade sauce. Plus, we serve our Po’ boys with a side of French fries. Ça c’est bon (that’s good)!
What About Seafood Boils?
Travel along the Northeastern, Carolina, or Gulf coast areas and most likely you’ll encounter the seafood boil. Although the dish differs slightly in each region, traditionally, this is another dish thought to originate with the Cajuns. If you’ve never had a traditional Cajun seafood boil, you’re in for a real treat.
The basics of a seafood boil are pretty simple. Boils consist of a large pot of seafood, corn, potatoes, and sausages slow-cooked in a spicy broth. While New Orleans boils typically use crawfish, any type of seafood will do.
At Crazy Crab Seafood & Grill, our seafood boil is the perfect blend of seasonings and flavors. As is tradition, your boil starts with fresh corn, red potatoes, boiled egg, and sausage. Next, choose your seafood. Our standard combinations are a mix of shrimp, mussels, snow crab legs, lobster tails, or of course crawfish. Or, you can customize your boil with an additional choice of clams, oysters, blue crab, King or Dungeness crab legs.
Then, choose your flavoring. Our choices are garlic, lemon pepper, or Cajun. Can’t decide? Combine all three for a unique taste. Finally, choose your spice level. Do you like your seasoning mild, medium, or hot? If you’re feeling extra brave, we even have extra hot.
After simmering your personalized ingredients, our server brings your meal, steaming and delicious. Then, just dig in and get crazy. As the Cajuns would say, “Laissez les bons temps rouler” (Let the good times roll). Yep. It’s okay to get messy. In fact, we encourage it.
My Children Hate Seafood. What Else Is on the Menu at Your Cajun Seafood House?
Often in families, members have different tastes. While you may love seafood, your kids maybe, not so much. That’s why we have a menu just for kids ages 10 and under. With smaller portions and food choices they’ll love, you won’t have to worry about pleasing them. Plus, on Monday nights, we host kids’ night. For just 99 cents, kids can order anything off their menu. Now that’s a bargain!
Moreover, our broad menu includes juicy sirloin and ribeye steak cooked to your liking. Pair it with one of our great sides and you’ve got a delectable meal. Some of our sides are corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, French fries, or salad. We also have coleslaw, rice or sautéed green beans or spinach.
Or how about a hamburger? Our burgers and hand-ground Angus beef served on an artisan brioche bun. We have several different kinds like bacon and cheese, black and bleu, or mushroom swiss. Plus, we even have the classic kind for those who have more cautious taste buds. French fries on the side complete the meal.
In addition, we have chicken wings on the menu. Choose from our 6, 12, or 18-piece dinner. We always use fresh chicken, never frozen. And we serve it the way you like it, naked, breaded, or grilled. You can even order all flats or all drumsticks. Dressings include BBQ, Cajun, Thai chili, and lemon pepper.
Did You Forget About the Chevrette (Shrimp)?
Of course, we have shrimp! Large succulent shrimp is our specialty. Order our steamed shrimp appetizer tossed in Old Bay seasoning. Or, choose our skewered shrimp luncheon special. Served blackened or grilled, either way is delicious. Perhaps you want some popcorn shrimp with cocktail sauce on the side? And by all means, we have fried shrimp.
Moreover, we have many more fried platters. Our fried seafood offerings include Catfish, Tilapia, Flounder, Cod, Calamari, and oysters in addition to shrimp. We make each with an ideal combination of crunchy coating over moist seafood. It’s light and crisp. Plus, all fried platters come with French fries to complete the meal.
Even more, to complement your meal, we offer a full bar with more than fifty choices of beer and liquor. Plus, we run a different drink special every night. Some examples of our specials are $2 domestic bottles, $5 martinis, or 50% off wine by the glass. Ça c’est bon. (That’s good!)
Did We Mention the Appetizers?
Of course, everyone loves a good appetizer. With smaller portions, appetizers are the right size when trying new food or flavors. Additionally, appetizers allow everyone to try a variety of items while waiting for their main meal. And our appetizers at Crazy Crab Seafood & Grill are meant to tantalize your taste buds.
Why not start your meal off with shrimp? We offer steamed, Nola, or popcorn shrimp. Perhaps you prefer oysters? Do you like them raw, charred, steamed, or flash-fried? Additionally, we serve sweet potato fries, fried pickles, gator bites, and green tomatoes. With several other appetizers, you’re sure to find something to awaken your taste buds.
Looking for a Great Cajun Seafood House in the Piedmont Triad Area?
When it’s time to celebrate, don’t take your family to the same old boring restaurant. Take them someplace they’ll remember forever. Someplace where there’s something for everyone in your family. Steaks, hamburgers, and the offerings of a fabulous Cajun seafood house where you’re encouraged to dig in and get crazy. And that restaurant is Crazy Crab Seafood & Grill.
Of course, we know you’re going to want to come back for more. So, we developed a loyalty program. Simply go to our website here and sign up for our newsletter. You’ll receive notifications of upcoming specials so you can make plans to stop in and see us again. Allons (Let’s go)!
Previously, you had to drive hours to the coast to enjoy the authentic taste of a seafood house. Today, Crazy Crab Seafood & Grill brings the delectable taste of seafood to you in a casual, nautical setting. Call us right now to make your reservation. In Winston-Salem, call us at 336-727-3735 or in Greensboro at 336-315-5351. Because we want to help you make memorable experiences for your family. Bon Appetit (Enjoy!)