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reviews restaurants asian chopstix houston chinatown food foodie online magazine The Best Crawfish in Houston. No Debate.

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...whereas other crawfish restaurants try to be "big pimpin'" with sunglasses/bluetooth-wearing employees and giant clubby sports bar environments...I feel [LA Crawfish] generally care about their customers and offer a good product...

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...as someone who dislikes getting her hands dirty, I am willing to forgo that habit of mine for their irresistible crawfish. My hands will smell like garlic for many hours even after a good wash or shower, but LA Crawfish makes it worth it for me ...

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Chances are, you've probably asked at some point where to get some Vietnamese-style cajun crawfish in Houston. Names like Boiling Crab, Hank's, Wild Cajun, Crawfish and Noodles and LA Crawfish will be the ones frequently heard. Wait a minute, though, you may have easily passed by and saw the first four, but where's LA Crawfish? It's frequently spoken but never seen. Well, this little gem is inside a big Asian supermarket known as Ranch 99 and not only is it among its place in the top 5 Asian crawfish restaurants in Houston, it's also the best one.

Now, the word "best" is thrown around a lot, but in my case, I use it when I mean it. To show my seriousness, I shall review everything about LA Crawfish with no holds barred. This includes everything from napkin size, to the price of Coke, to the symmetricalness of every tile on the floor. to the looks of their staff and customers (well, okay, I'm a pretty ugly guy and I'm a customer so they already lost a point there). All joking aside, I will actually review them on their food, pricing and service.

Let's start with my favorite, the food.

Food:

Most of the time, a restaurant will specialize in something and have extra things in their menu to seem "optional", but those "optional" things are terrible. For example, a restaurant that makes Vietnamese sandwiches will be great with sandwiches but terrible in pho. A pho restaurant will have bad crawfish. And so forth. Well, somehow LA Crawfish manages to hit a homerun with every single one of their menu items. Their pho are just as good as their crawfish, and their crabs are just as good as their chicken wings. They excel in empanadas as much as they excel in fries, both regular and "sweet" (code for beignet fries). It is an ultra rarity in restaurants to achieve this.

First, the chicken wings are mouthwatering delicious, with seven different flavors. My personal preference is their Spicy Garlic and Thai Tamarind. These aren't the American-style chicken wings, but a unique "Viet-Cajun" kind of chicken wings. I'm not sure how to describe them except to say they taste homemade, light on the grease, attended generously by the sauce. Second, their pho is right there with the same pho they serve in good pho restaurants like Pho Binh, Mai's, and the food trucks. This is amazing seeing how they're supposedly a cajun restaurant, where one might automatically dismiss the pho. Excellent broth, great meat tastes, right amount of noodles. Third, for their dessert, they serve beignets disguised as fries. Regulars will just call them beignet fries, but the official term they call them on the menu are sweet or dessert fries. Having anything here without including these beignet fries is like driving in your car without the radio on. They also have sweet potato fries, potato wedges and something called yuca. Haven't tried any of those so I won't comment. Fourth, their most underrated item that I find to be damn good is their gumbo. I don't know what these [explicit] put in their gumbo, but it's food porn. Absolutely food porn. The gumbo is filled with an abundant amount of shrimp, crab, sausage and (yes, you're reading this right...) turkey. Hey don't judge until you've had turkey in your gumbo. Forget the tag "Asian", LA Crawfish's gumbo is better than the ones you'll find Pappadeauxs, Willie G's, Ragin Cajun and yes I said...I am saying it...Treebeards. Their gumbo is better than Treebeards.

I'm saving a whole paragraph for their claim to fame: CRAWFISH and CRABS. At four different levels of spiciness, be a man and take level 4! You will literally sweat that crawfish back out. Each and everyone of their crawfish is flavored all over with their special sauce. I should also mention that it's a secret sauce, so I don't know what's in it. There is only this sauce to choose from, but I'm not complaining. Now, the crawfish and crabs themselves are both of very large portions. They claim to have live crawfish all year round, and that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but even during off-seasons, their crawfish are still delicious even though they're a bit smaller. However, during in-season, their crawfish are the size of iPods. They infuse them with massive amounts of garlic (beware of your hands smelling like garlic for the rest of the day afterwards). The same could be said about their blue crabs.

Pricing:

I would say the average price here per person is about $9. It's hard to gauge because it depends on what you order and the items vary very differently in price ranges. You get 10% off the overall order if you Check-In through Yelp (sorry, Chopstix. I used the Y-word). Each item is separate, so if you want sides, they're a bit expensive for just sides. However, I might try their soon-to-come oysters. I'm not a big sides person, so it doesn't bother me at all that their sides are separate. I understand it's a cost-effective measure to not include them because not everyone likes them, and those that do order their sides in bulk. My friend likes red potatoes so she goes overboard and eats six of them. A very smart idea they have is the BYOB option. Since they're in a grocery store, it's a damn wonderful thing to be able to grab a couple of cold ones right from the liquor aisle.

Service:

And just when they couldn't be any better, there is the service. LA Crawfish is a counter-ordering service, so there aren't any wait staff. Their turnaround time is really fast; almost fast-food fast. The orders come in clear plastic bags. Their booth design is reminiscent of Louisiana (the LA stands for Louisiana, not Los Angeles, by the way) docks. They are heavy on wood planks and sheet metal. Think Bubba's idea of a shrimp boat from the movie Forrest Gump. The staff there are very cool. There used to be a girl upfront who was super cute, but I don't think she works there anymore. I think the owners are a man and his two sons. Not quite sure. They're always there. Whichever the case, they're very relaxed and you can take any complaint to them and they sort it out. For an Asian restaurant, this, too, is ultra rare.

I know I've said way too much and this review may get rejected because it's too long. I don't know what the acceptable maximum length is. All I know is that I poured my heart and soul into this review, because LA Crawfish is special to me and I've got so many things to praise about it. Needless to say, not only will I return again and again, but I shall bring an army of my friends and family and convert them to the LA Crawfish gospel. As for the other crawfish restaurants, there may be a little "war" going on between them, but as far as I'm concerned, LA Crawfish is winning it. They have the best crawfish and the best intangibles.

P.S.: Please, please, please don't reject this review!!!



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