333 E. Main Street
I know that there is already a topic discussing Crawdaddy's in Visalia, however, the review that I read really turned me away from the restaurant (the slow service, food being cold, etc).
After a lot of thinking, my boyfriend and I decided to go anyways. We've been looking forward to eating at this restaurant for a while, and when wanting to find a place to eat for my birthday, this was the first that came to mind.
Maybe when that other person went to Crawdaddy's, they were still working out all their kinks, because we had great service, our food arrived quickly, and the food was VERY good.
First complaint - no reservations are taken. Which scared me. I didn't feel like waiting 45 - 60 minutes to get in, but luckily, when we showed up, they said it was going to be a 30 minute wait. We went to the bar, and within 5 minutes, our table was ready. So that was cool. Bar service was very quick and friendly as well.
Waitress was extremely nice. Gave us an opinion/description on anything we asked about. I ended up changing my mind about 5 times on what I was ordering. I ended up getting the Alligator Sausage (I know, I know...) because I figured I'd never have a chance again unless I went to Lousiana, and I was feeling brave for once. The Alligator Sausage plate came with two kinds of alligator - the steak, and the sausage, all cooked with tomatoes, green bell pepper, and onion. VERY flavorful and VERY good. I liked the sausage better than the steak, but both were very good, and I'm not even a big meat-eater. Would say that it tasted more like a white meat, like chicken. Only difference is that the steak is a little tougher than chicken. I added Tabasco to mine because I eat it on everything, and I thought it was awesome. The dish came with some interesting rice, that was green because it had ground parsley in it, and tasted a bit lemony. VERY good! My boyfriend ended up getting the Bourbon St. Linguine (that may be the wrong name...I can't remember) which came with shrimp, and an AWESOME buttery/spicy/lemony/garlicly sauce.
For dessert, we tried that 'sirop' spice cake, and because we had read the other review saying that they were stingy with the cream sauce, we asked for extra. Even asking for the extra sauce, there was barely enough, so maybe ask for LOTS of it when ordering. The cake was very good, and the liquer in the cream sauce was very good. Reminded me of a warm winter drink, like a chai latte.
On a scale from 1 - 10, I'd give Crawdaddy's an 8 - 8.5.
Why? The portions were moderate, but for someone who ALWAYS brings leftovers home, I ended up eating the entire dinner AND dessert. I figured for the price, I'd get a bit more food. It was a little on the pricey side for me (where normally, we would spend half of what we did on dinner), but considering the uniqueness of the entrees, I suppose the price was understandable.
I will definetly be back to Crawdaddy's.
Also, The Second Floor officially opens December 1st, 2006. Right now, the bar is open, and they have live music Friday & Saturday starting at 6 PM. What's even better, is that they have TV's on the lower floor so you can laugh at the drunken dancing going on The Second Floor while waiting for your food to arrive :-D
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