With the success of seafood restaurants like Boiling Crab, it seems like a variation of the restaurant pops out every few months. Especially lively in the Garden Grove/Westminster area, whenever people have a hankering for crabs and shrimp, there is no shortage of options available. However, with so many coming out of the wood work, does the Boiling Crab formula work with these other restaurants? Specifically, does Dang! Crabs Cajun Cuisine stack up to such high expectations?
When walking into the restaurant, the feel of it is very mellow. Going for a take on New Orleans fashion, the place is painted in an orange hue with trinkets and photos depicting the down south feel. Jazz floats along lively and flat screen TVs silently depict sports. For a seafood restaurant where you’ll be getting your hands dirty, the restaurant is very clean and well kept.
The servers will greet you as you come into the restaurant and you can’t help but chuckle that they all wear shirts with “DANG” written across the chest. If nothing else, this restaurant has a sense of humor. The service here is top notch, with plenty of attention given. Although the boils are listed under “Market Price” for their costs, the servers are well educated and let you know what the pricings for the day are. If you are new to eating seafood boils, the servers are very polite in helping you understand the menu and what you might like. They are helpful, have great energy, and check up on you when you need them.
Let’s get to the food. The food here is different. Unlike Boiling Crab where the boils would be swimming around in sauce in a plastic bag, Dang! Crabs serves up your boils in a large red platter. Whatever boil you order, it comes with corn on the cob, a few slices of sausage, potatoes, and okra. The different sauces are a lemon herb, garlic butter, and Cajun spicing. You also have the option of mixing all three together, although after trying it, I’d recommend getting them on the side. The garlic butter is very potent and has a lingering after taste. Being seafood, the quality of the food is based on the quality of the ingredients and Dang! Crabs has some decent ingredients in stock. The blue crabs are well sized, the shrimp are pink, and the free prawn chips given before the meal are crisp and spicy. They also make some decent dessert, with the classic beignets sparkling in their powdered sugar and their bread pudding lightly floating in a sweet sauce. Just a fair warning though, both are very thick and dense. Both go well with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Dang! Crabs isn’t the head of the pack when it comes to seafood boil restaurants. There are plenty better out there. However, when it comes to a place where the service is genuine, the food is good, and the price is right, Dang! Crabs Cajun Cuisine fits all the criteria. It is a shame of how little of a crowd the place draws, but the extra space means more attention for you.
Dang! Crabs Cajun Cuisine
13030 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92843
(714) 537-CRAB (2722)