Don’t miss the “whole boom-bang” sauce.

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A fusion of Gulf Coast and Southeast Asian food sensibilities, The Cajun Crawfish is part of a wave of Vietnamese-Cajun seafood joints to open in the Seattle area in the past decade, as Vietnamese living in places like Texas and Louisiana, or who have relatives there, set up eateries in other regions to celebrate this tantalizing cultural marriage.

The menu: The emphasis is on seafood with a Cajun twist, meaning clear-plastic bags of crawfish, shrimp, crabs, prawns, mussels and sea snails, all ordered by the pound at current market prices and smothered in a choice of buttery, lemony, peppery, garlicky sauces — plastic bib and gloves included.

There’s also a menu of fried seafood-and-fries baskets with items like catfish, calamari, fried oysters and frog legs ($8.99 -$12.99), and sides such as corn and shrimp chowder ($3.99) and shrimp, pineapple, sausage and mushroom fried rice in the restaurant’s signature “whole boom-bang” sauce, a mixture of all of the available sauces ($10.99).

The Cajun Crawfish


6951 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., Suite 103, Seattle


Hours: 1 p.m.- 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1 p.m.- 9 p.m. Sunday

Etc.: credit cards accepted; beer and wine served; wheelchair accessible; lot and street parking

Prices: $-$$

What to write home about: Crawfish smothered in whole boom-bang sauce perfectly captures “Viet Cajun” cooking.

The setting: The no-frills restaurant, located in the bustling King Plaza shopping center near Link light rail’s Othello station, is small, but some tables are set up to accommodate families and groups.

Summing up: My guest and I shared a pound of crawfish ($9.99), along with a fried- catfish basket ($9.99) and the fried rice ($10.99), which came to $35.59 plus tip.