Cajun cuisine's distinct spices stem from its attitude-laden ingredients, such as brazen pork cheek, incredulous crawfish, and sassy-fras. Give your taste buds some lip with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of po' boys, crawfish, and more at CrawDaddy's in Ridgeland.
CrawDaddy's is crowded with a delectable menagerie of golden seafood, sandwiches, and sides. Fried catfish ($9.99 for a basket of four), shrimp ($10.99 for 12), and oysters ($11.49 for 12) emerge from battery bathings crisp and flanked by fries and hushpuppies. Pounds of zesty crawfish ($4.59) align with boiled shrimp ($11.99) to fight bored taste buds and lobster plutocracy, whereas po' boys (starting at $5.99) arrive lined with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and a choice of catfish, oysters, or chicken. Savory sidekicks include crawfish pie ($3.50), corn ($0.65), potatoes ($0.50), and Louisiana sausage (from $1.50), and patrons are encouraged to bring their own sudsy, malted digestion aids.
The seasonal fare at CrawDaddy's sends wayward appetites straight to the Louisiana coast to learn the art of festive Cajun dining. Shelled and nonshelled entrees wash up on tables surrounded by the cozy dining room's seafaring-themed décor, which includes rustic-style wooden tables and light-blue walls. Fried-catfish baskets and piles of painstakingly boiled shrimp lie beneath handsome wall hangings of essential fisherman tools, such as crisscrossed oars, fishing nets, and a pocket English-to-trout phrasebook used to persuade fish in their native tongue.