The Skinny: I was introduced to to Hot N Juicy Crawfish by Adam Richman in an episode of Man vs. Food. The place is like Boiling Crab, a chain found on the West Coast, but I haven’t been there so I can’t make much of a comparison. It’s pretty much a seafood boil that uses spices found in Cajun and Asian cuisines. While they do have other items like shrimp, fried catfish, and sausages, the thing to order is the Crawfish.
The High: I never enjoyed Crawfish whenever I tried it since it was always cold and funky. However, as I got older, the more mature and ballsy my tastes-buds are becoming. That is why I actually enjoyed the pound of hot musky flavors from the extra spicy Crawfishes we ordered. The butter enriched sauce they came steamed in certainly helped spread the juices and spices around as I sucked in the brains of each one. I couldn’t tell if the meat from each sucker was naturally sweet or if it was because of the spiced sauce, but it was definitely tasty.
Since I did come with a group, not only did we order the pound of Crawfish, we also got some Shrimp, corn, fried catfish, and sausages. Even though I wished the shrimp could have been deveined somehow, everything was a delicious mess.
The Low: The Crawfish was good, but it needs to be hot to stay that way. Once the little guys became lukewarm, the muskiness of each shellfish got stronger and less appetizing. So eat them while they are hot! Also, at no fault of Hot N Juicy, eating the Crawfish is a lot of work for so little reward. In our party of 6, I was the only one really killing the suckers and I was still hungry at the end.
Would you come back again? Possibly, since it doesn’t hurt to support restaurants off the strip because the food certainly didn’t suck at Hot N Juicy.
An unrelated story, on our way back home from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, we drove side by side with the Bang Bus Bro van. If you don’t know what that is, it’s not the greatest thing in the world but it’s a weird enough experience to share. Don’t look them up if you don’t want to be offended.
More Info: www.hotandjuicycrawfish.com | 4810 Spring Mountain Rd. Ste C & D. Las Vegas, NV 89102 | Credit Card Friendly but you get a discount if you pay in cash.