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 $20, you get $40 worth of classic New Orleans–style fare and drinks at Crawdaddy’s in Visalia.
Crawdaddy’s head chef Fernando Gonzalez crafts a palatable menu of classic American, Cajun, and creole dishes served within a fun-loving atmosphere. Hot and spicy Acadian shrimp ($11.95) ignite taste buds' flavor engines before they swan dive into Crawdaddy’s seafood gumbo, an enticing swirl of shrimp, andouille sausage, and steamed rice ($10.95–$13.99). Po’ boy sandwiches, such as the grilled steak ($12.50), navigate into awaiting mouths like lost ships toward a flame-fired lighthouse. A host of hearty entrees, including prime rib ($21.95) and deep-fried catfish ($14.95), serve as satisfying main events, and a kids' menu of miniature food items is available for picky progeny. For more classic fare, opt to dine upstairs, where a separate menu offers more traditional entrees such as surf and turf ($26.99) and chicken cordon bleu ($19.95).
Murals of New Orleans adorn the walls, channeling the bayou’s vibrant atmosphere to the tables. House band Keith and the Crawdads perform from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday, belting out classics to accompany soulful feasts. Pair meals with drinks from the restaurant's first-floor full bar, or head upstairs to the nightclub (open Thursday-Friday), which also boasts a full bar, and let energized feet dance off some steam.
When the owners of Crawdaddy's decided to put a little bit of New Orleans' distinctive flair right in the heart of Visalia, they knew it would take more than great cuisine. What makes New Orleans so unforgettable is that it caters to all the senses and makes the smallest outing a special event. To fill that tall order, they took residence in a spacious facility that could be an exciting venue for music, parties, libations, food, and sporting events, all in one electric, lively place.
The second-floor dining room welcomes guests with a menu of fresh seafood such as blackened catfish and bayou butter prawns. A fully stocked bar wets whistles, and balcony seating offers couples a romantic setting under the stars—all 50 of them. Meanwhile, more than a dozen flat-screen TVs light up the crowd in the first floor's sports bar, where a mixologist whips up creative cocktails and TVs whip up the big game. In the dining area of the first floor, Keith and the Crawdads treat diners to lively tunes during the evening.