Cajun Seafood with a Side of Pho
Is it Cajun or Vietnamese? Who cares, ti’s all good! Actually, it’s a fusion of both cultures and cuisines. At this small westside restaurant you will find very fresh seafood prepared in dishes like oysters on the half shell, gumbo, Pho and boiled seafood mingling together on the same menu. But don’t expect the same ol, same ol on the preparations here.
Take the oysters on the half shell. Sure you can get the traditional and dress them the way you usually do with lemon, Tabasco, ketchup….blah, blah, blah. But here you can also get Thai Green Chile oysters with a jalapeno chili & cilantro that has a slight kick, or Japanese Ponzu (a tart citrus based sauce) or the Korean Kimchee oysters. Not traditional and all very tasty, fresh and cold as they should be.
And there’s this thing called Cheesy Crawfish Roll. They look like fried spring rolls, but they are filled with, you guessed it, cheesy crawfish and served with a dipping sauce. It’s crunchy on the outside and creamy, cheesy on the inside. Pretty tasty stuff.
The crawfish Pho, their signature dish is out of this world. The broth is meaty and aromatic like you would hope and the dish is full of bean sprouts, rice noodles, cilantro and pepper like you want in a Pho. But then the dish takes a southern turn with andouille sausage, crawfish and Cajun spices. It’s not a culinary clash, more a culinary union and it definitely works. You won’t find this Pho anywhere else.
I shouldn’t forget that LA Crawfish has thrown in chicken wings for all you wing fans. Some people can just never get enough of these things and LA Crawfish has 9 flavors to choose from, some you probably haven’t heard of. The 5 Spice Basil actually has chopped Basil fried and dusted on the wings. Hot Cajun and Spicy Garlic are a few of the favorites. The wings here are some of the biggest I’ve seen too!
Of course, you don’t want to leave here without the boiled seafood experience. You can get crawfish, shrimp, blue crab, King crab, snow crab or mix it up with your favorites. Add to the seafood with corn on the cob, red potatoes, andouille sausage or steamed rice. Then add a garlic butter (or do it up with Cajun/Creole style spices or Vietnamese style with hot and sour sauce). This whole thing comes out in a big plastic bag which you can pour on the paper covered picnic tables. Be sure to don the bib and plastic gloves they give you cause it can get a little messy, then dig in and enjoy. Nothing else needed here other than something to crack those Crustaceans which they supply you with. You are now on your way to seafood nirvana.
Before you leave you should try the LA Crawfish version of Beignets. These are a straw shaped variant of the Café du Monde treat found in New Orleans. The LA Crawfish version has Vietnamese sweet milk poured on them and then dusted with powdered sugar. Pretty awesome sweet treat!
There are so many good things on this menu you will just have to go by and pick your craving. But no matter what you choose, you can be assured it is fersh and tastes great.
**Full Disclosure: I received dinner in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are totally mine.
Location: Alamo Ranch, 10919 Culebra Road, Ste 150, San Antonio, TX
Phone: (210) 688-9123
Monday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
(New Year’s Eve)
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Hours might differ
(New Year’s Day)
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Hours might differ
Saturday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM