A few weeks ago I went out to lunch with my favorite former boss. We were both looking forward to this trip and had actually planned our outing even before I left for my internship in Dayton, because we had both heard great things about the Buford Hwy seafood spot Crawfish Shack.
In my mind, Crawfish Shack is working to emulate the coastal eateries I grew up around in Louisiana. The interior consisted of a very simple ordering counter, picnic-style tables, and cheesy plastic seafood decor on the walls. Menu items include mixed seafood platters containing mostly fried items (as it should be) and po’boys. I’m usually VERY wary of restaurants outside of Louisiana trying to do the Cajun thing, but the good news is, Crawfish Shack does it VERY well.
For lunch, I ordered what I guess would be my “usual” at any po’boy place, the oyster po’boy with a side of oddly delicious rosemary & olive oil chips. The boss got a shrimp po’boy and side of hush puppies. My pictures stink because by the time our food came out I was too hungry to worry about composition. That is probably my only complaint about lunch–2 po’boys took waaay longer to come out than po’boys should (I’m talkin 15+ min. Shrimp and oysters take <5min to fry). Anyway, the food:
If you’ve read one review on Crawfish Shack, you’ve read them all. I’ll echo the consensus: DELICIOUS. The bread makes you feel like you’re in NOLA. The seafood is well seasoned and fried to the perfect crisp. The hush puppies were good too, but probably fried a little too hard for my taste, though I know hush puppies vary widely.
At the end of the meal, we both wished we had either gotten a whole po’boy or a seafood platter, because what we had was so good we could have kept on eating. This review is pretty short and sweet due to our limited selections and general agreement over quality, so we can both say that if you’re looking for some good fried fare in Atlanta, ride down Buford Hwy and find Crawfish Shack!