The amazing resilience of the Bayou State is evident in their citizens pulling together to improve their situation. In the wake of the cataclysmic destruction from Hurricane Katrina, they people of Louisiana are no doubt survivors. From the smiling shining faces of her people to the rich history that spans several generations and ethnic types, it can easily be argued that her main commodity is in her culinary culture.
In the states of the union, no one state can claim the pride of how to flavor and bring forth flavors of seafood than New Orleans. When one gets a hankering for what the Gulf State has to offer, they would be hard pressed to find a place in their location that can bring that genuine article of flavor. So it was when my wife presented me with this location, Red Crawfish located on 611 Larkin. Located within the center of San Francisco in what is now called Little Saigon, we went to try them out.
Upon entering the location, we were welcomed by spicy smells and warm aromas that begged us to come in further and sit at one of their more sumptuous tables. Being in a party of 5, seating was more than generous as they had many tables including one that could accommodate up to 12! For a relatively smaller place, they didn’t skimp on the size and detail of their dining area.
Watching the mix of people who came in and out of their location gave me a sense of relief in that they seemed to have a good and steady clientele, which does bode well for freshness of product. As we sat and looked in our menus, my wife suggested we get the Special No. 2. This involved a gastronomic 3 pounds of crawfish, garlic bread, sweet potato fries garlic noodles and their Dessert of the Day. Quite a feat of food, but we were up for the challenge. Other members of our party ordered Fried Oysters & Cajun Fries as well as Five Spices Chicken.
The atmosphere was warm, other than the door which when opened would bring in a powerfully cold breeze, which forced me to wear my jacket. But that was short lived once the food started arriving. The Garlic noodles were delightfully garlicky and were specked with Italian parsley. On the arrival of the sweet potato fries, I found a warm, sweet and crunchy delight that really made me smile! I only found myself removing my jacket as the main course arrived of a steaming plastic bag of spicy crawfish. The spice level was pretty heavy handed, which caused my wife and I who are no spice slouches by the way, to set them down on occasion to wipe the sweat from our brow! So this was why the place was so cool this evening.
As we packed up the remaining crawfish, we were then given our dessert of the day which were beignets! Warm, pillow-soft and fried to light crispness, they matched well with the vanilla ice cream that was decorated with chocolate sauce. A truly delightful end to an excellently decadent dinner. Prior to our departure, the co-owner came to our table and we paid our warm complements to the chef, who is also owner. Overall, a very satisfactory meal for an excellent price. This is one of those types of places that if you’re willing to overlook the neighborhood, drop in for a visit with them here. Sure, the Tenderloin has a reputation that precedes it but this is one of those diamonds that live there. As they would say in Nawlins: laissez les bon temps rouler!
Special No. 2 39.99
Sweet Potato or Cajun Fries
3 Pounds of Crawfish
Garlic Noodle or Shrimp Fried Rice
Garlic Bread or Plain Bread
Dessert of the Day
Five Spices Chicken 8.50
Fried Oysters & Cajun Fries 9.99