The Cajun Seafood Craze!

by May 9, 2013

Everyone’s selling cajun food?

I know, but which one is the best?

Where to Eat Crawfish? How Do I Choose?

Boiling Crab, Mr. Krabs, Crawfishaholic, Kickin Crab…what do all these places have in common besides crazy long lines? They’ve brought cajun seafood to a whole new audience here in the Bay Area from So-Cal. I still remember the days where the line for Boiling Crab’s San Jose location near the Target was 3 hours!

Heck, some days it still is though if you find the optimal time to go, you may just luck out and only end up waiting 30 minutes or so. Regardless, here are some thoughts on some of the cajun spots in my neck of the woods. All offer something slightly different.

The Kickin’ Crab *OUR New Favorite*

Pros: The best fish and chips I’ve had, package options which give you some cost savings if you order more than 1lb and want variety (which most people do). The one we had above included:

  • 2 lbs of shrimp (you could also choose crawfish if you’d like)
  • 1 lb of clams (huge!)
  • Corn
  • Sausage
  • And potatoes served in medium house sauce

They also have a great variety of side dishes including coconut sea snails and garlic noodles (which are pretty much on every table).

ConsParking, this lot is way too small. Though I’ve heard you can also park in the residential area near the restaurant.


A Basket of Fish and Chips and Tartar Sauce at Kickin' Crab San Jose

I love Tar-Tar sauce! Good ole’ basket of fish and chips and tartar sauce


The Boiling Crab

Pros: They serve lobster and they have a really fun and festive environment. Also for the one on Curtner, there is a Famous Dave’s right next door and if you go during happy hour time, you can indulge in some happy hour drinks while waiting.

ConsThey use margarine. I’m not sure if this is why my stomach always ends up hurting after I eat there but if I can avoid it I will. Also, this place always has the longest lines.


Cajun Shrimp, Sausage, and Craw Fish

Whole shebang sauce is the bees-knees. The default bag of shrimps, crawfish, clams, corn, and sausages


Closed Mr. Krabs Closed 

  • 1696 Berryessa Rd
  • San Jose, Northern California, USA
  • 408 / 824-5892

Pros: Best crab noodle (banh canh cua). It’s spicy, filled with seafood and sooo delicious! There’s also usually no wait. Cons: Sauce is not as good as others.


Coconut Milk Simmered Sea Snails

Who knew sea snails tasted so good? Sea snails in Thai coconut sauce


Crawfishaholic renamed Crabaholic Closed

  • 1011 E Capitol Expy
  • San Jose, Northern California, USA
  • 408 / 225-8888

ProsAwesome seafood combos (similar to Kickin Crab and sometimes you can find some offers they have which allows you to save $$

Cons: It’s a little far from where I live, traffic can be a pain getting down there and the sauce is OK, a little on the thin side but not the best I’ve had. These are just my thoughts on the various spots but if you haven’t tried, it I’d highly recommend checking it out. Wash it all down with an ice cold beer or scoop the sauce with a spoon over some rice and you’re set!

The Kickin’ Crab


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