I am always looking for hidden gems around my neighborhood to try. Sometimes those little restaurants in the shopping centers have some of the best food! When I saw a “grand opening” sign for Crave Cajun Seafood I decided to take the chance. My sister was up for the adventure so we stopped during a weekday last week. Once inside, I was a little surprised. The inside of Crave looks wayyyy different than I anticipated from the outside. I believe it was formally a sushi restaurant based on the bar they have inside. In my mind I envisioned some type of New Orleans hole in the wall, but it was the complete opposite. Honestly, I was HOPING for the New Orleans feel inside because they would have ensured me of the authenticity.
The list of appetizers drew our attention more than than the entrees. For starters we ordered Spinach Artichoke dip with crab and the Sweet Sriracha Calamari. The chips were homemade fried tortillas and that was probably the highlight of the appetizers. I would not call any of them bad, but they just did not impress me. At that point, we both said ehhhh we will not be back.
Feeling unsatisfied, I went on a whim and ordered the seafood gumbo for my main entree. I peeked back in the kitchen and saw the chefs and admittedly prejudged them. These folks can’t produce a good gumbo I thought but for $8 and how hungry I was, I took a chance. Welp, that was one of the best decisions I made that day! That gumbo was SO good! My sister ate one spoonful of mine and asked the waiter for her own order of gumbo. You could tell that the gumbo had been stewing for hours based on the flavor. It also had a kick to it from the sausage. Large pieces of seafood, that you really could not see until you dug your spoon into it. This will be my go to winter spot for an $8 bowl of gumbo.
*This restaurant is now closed :(*