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Sea Side Crab Shack at Eden Center

Steve | May 8, 200806:12 PM

This place used to be Saigon Garden, the only restaurant at EdenCenter with an outdoor seating area on the main parking plaza. Now a yellow banner proclaims Louisiana Crawfish and Crabs.

Five Chowhounds gathered for an impromptu lunch. We ordered a pound of cajun crawfish, a dozen grilled oysters, a tilapia salad, and a calamari stir fry.

The crawfish were 'regular size' which gives you the same amount of eating as a small shrimp. Messy, gooey, spicy, and maybe a bit mushy, they were ok. They were cooked and served in a plastic bag which had the spices and some liquid in it.

The tilapia salad turned out to be a ceviche-like dish that started off overpoweringly sweet yet had a strong peppery kick to it. Nice for a group, but I'd be real disappointed with this at a more intimate gathering. Just too sweet.

The calamari turned out to be tempura-style, served typically Vietnamese with fresh greens, herbs, and some wokked peppers and onions. Very delicious.

The grilled oysters were also a success, lightly cooked and served with garlic chips, herbs,and some fish sauce. Nice.

From this sampling, I'd say it's hard to be very enthusiastic about this place. Everything served on styrofoam, which makes it seem more like a picnic. In a parking lot.

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