Austin >Crawfish Shack & Oyster Bar
I disagree with the prople who didn't like the crawfish. I can't comment on any of their other food, because I only go there for the crawfish.
I'm not sure how they prepare it, but it tastes like they soak the crawfish in butter. Its good.
Don't get me wrong, I like crawfish prepared in the traditional Louisiana way and really spicy. There are plenty of places that serve it like that and I frequent them too, but the crawfish at the crawfish shack is just prepared differently, and darn good in my opinion.
Madear's Gumbo. I am from New Orleans, La., born and raised.I too have not found a restaurant that comes close to what I am use to back home. But thank God :DA lady I know who is also from New Orleans sells gumbo frozen FRESH! It's made to order from SCRATCH. Really! It is the most authentic gumbo I've tasted in Austin. It has sausage,fresh shrimp (deveined), big chunks of chicken breast, and believe me it is not lacking flavor.You have to taste it to believe it.She does have an email where I leave comments about her gumbo. Good Luck! madearsgumbo@ymail
Not even Close to Cajun.
I have tried this restaurant three different times hoping for a better experience; it hasn't happened. Do not expect to get Cajun food. I would say it is to Cajun food what Taco Bell is to Mexican food (sorry Taco Bell).
The seafood gumbo is made with cooked mini cocktail shrimp and has everything else thrown in that the cook can think of all of which made a gumbo lacking in a distinct flavor. I also tried the Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya which used the same shrimp cooked to the texture of cardboard; all ingredients were melded together with a sauce that was simply sticky and lacking in flavor.
The only bright spot is the fried shrimp and you can get better elsewhere. They too were overcooked.
The Best Crawfish EVER. The crabcake appetizer was great and the gumbo was good. The etoufee was good with a definite asian flair. The crawfish came with a nicely spiced sauce, onion, mushrooms, and sausage. It was delicious. I had expected a more traditional Louisiana style but was not at all disappointed. Would definitely make it a regular stop if I was a native.
Great Seafood, year round Crawfish.
They serve their own take on crawfish. The mudbugs are smothered in a spicy onion and garlic gravy. They have them mild, med, or hot. The have the full compliment of fixings like corn, potatoes, sausage, mushrooms, etc.
I have taken many people there and they all loved it.
Not Louisiana Style Crawfish - Don't Go. The name is very misleading. I am from Louisiana and my husband and I decided to try this new place. Thinking boiled crawfish and Louisiana go hand and hand. We ordered the blue crab and the crawfish though knowing it isn't in season and this place has them flown in from Vietnam. The smell was great but once we received them they were covered in Asian Rooster Sauce to give them that extra kick! It was terrible!! The meat had no flavor because apparently they weren't told they needed to let them soak longer to absorb the flavor. If you are looking for Louisiana style boiled crawfish, this is definitely not the place to go. These people are definitely not from Louisiana. It is basically an asian restraunt trying to be.
The best fried catfish in Austin. This place has really shocked me. It looks like nothing special at all, but the food is really good. I've got to say that I've eaten a lot of catfish in my day, but their fried catfish is undeniably the best I've ever had. Not only that, but it's consistent. I've been back 5 times & it's amazing every time. I'm not a crawfish eater, so I can't judge that, but the crawfish ettoufette is quite spectacular. I seriously can't believe the 1 star review below me. Our servers have always been fine. If you're looking for high quality or a fancy place this isn't it. It's like a small seafood sports bar. Good seafood in Austin is hard to come by, so this place is very welcome in my book.
DO NOT EAT HERE!!!.
So I love eating out and have been to many different restaurants. My boyfriend recommended this place because he lived on Wells Branch and heard great things about it. We both went together for the first time and we HATED it! The crawfish smelled like dirty socks, and the food looked and taste like cafeteria food, I swear......It had no flavor.
The clutter of the decorations inside made it look tacky and dirty and had me looking around for creepy critters. My fish was undercooked and when I asked the waitress if she could take it back for some more cooking, she said "Im sorry I cant do that" and she didnt even offer me another option. She walked away and I had to deal with eating french fries for dinner. She was very rude and the whole place just appeared to be unprofessional. One of the workers or cooks was even sitting out on the bar area eatting food while customers were there. Our bill was $35 dollars and neither of us even ate any of our food.
You can make your own decison about eating here, but I am just giving you a fair warning just as I wish someone would have warned us. Do not eat here unless you like the taste and look of high school cafeteria food.....
Crawfish Shack. The only place that i have had better Crawfish is when my family cooks them. The oysters are awesome and i love the fact that the food is awesome and its a really casual place! Who wants to get dressed up to eat mudbugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pleasantly surprised! This place is great..
Upon first glance this place doesn't look like much, but the food is absolutely terrific. As per previous reviews, I agree that the crawfish seasoning is FANTASTIC, unique, and it is somewhat spicy ,but it's that very special spiciness that just leaves you wanting more. I couldn't stop eating it, even though my lips were on fire. For those of you who haven't ordered crawfish by the pound before, we (one 150 pound man and one 105 pound woman) ordered 1 pound to share and found it to be plenty, but we also got the combo platter so that we could sample the fried catfish, oysters, and shrimp. All of the combo items were tasty, but we were particularly impressed with how flavorful the catfish was. We also had the gumbo as appetizer and it was excellent: flavorful, good texture, and the smokiness of the andouille sausage did not over-power the entire gumbo, as we have experienced in the past with other gumbos.
We didn't know what to expect coming in besides what we had read from prior stellar reviews, and now we know why those reviews said what they said. Definitely give this place a try if you're out for a low key evening and great food. The service was very polite and responsive, and we felt comfortable right away. Prices were reasonable, too. As far as ambiance goes, it is in a strip mall and it's pretty bare bones, so it's not the place to go to "see and be seen." But who cares. Come here to eat and really enjoy some of the best crawfish you will probably ever have.
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