Hot & Juicy Crawfish is a wildly popular restaurant. It is located in Washington, D.C., near the Omni Shoreham Hotel and Woodley Park Metro Station. The owners started this restaurant in Las Vegas, after noticing an absence of their favorite food, Crawfish. The owners themselves describe Hot & Juicy Crawfish as a restaurant that does not need pretense, special occasion, or utensils.
The food is really tasty, hot, and juicy. There are what seems to be a million flavors inside of the plastic bag of seafood wonderment. The food is reasonably priced. You will get a lot of food for your money. I must warn you, however, if you go to Hot & Juicy Crawfish, you should be aware of a few things. First, you will work for each bite of food. The shrimp and crawfish are served with their heads and shells on. It is truly peel and eat.
Since Hot & Juicy is so popular, I must list a few rules.
Rule #1: Do not dress up. Hot & Juicy is very messy. The juice gets everywhere. To eat without staining your clothing,a bib and gloves are required. To be safe, see rule #1,
Rule #2: Don’t try to be cute. Cuteness is impossible here. You must just dig into the food to enjoy it. That means there may be sauce on your face, your arms your clothing, etc. It is impossible to be a “cute” eater here…unless of course your order the fried seafood. Then, and only then, can you eat without being messy. However, please keep in mind that your dinner companions may order the “hot & juicy”, and your clothing is still at risk of being stained.
Rule #3: Go for the food and only the food. There is no atmosphere. This is not a good location for a first date. Date #55 yes. Date #1. No.
Rule #4: If you want to taste multiple items, order the fried seafood first. The fried shrimp tastes like it is fried in Louisiana catfish batter. It is really good, but also a bit salty. If you taste the fried seafood after the boiled seafood, it will seem extremely salty.
Rule #5: Order more than you think you will eat. You must order everything up front. Your hands will be too messy to pick up a menu to order more items.
Rule #6: Tear off a stack of paper towels before your food arrives. Then tear off 2 more paper towels and wrap them around your beverage. You will thank me later.
Rule #7: If you want pictures of your food, take pictures of your food before you put on the gloves and definitely before you start eating. I do not have pictures to accompany this post, because I did not follow this rule on my visit. This rule is a MUST for all of my photographers. This rule is easy to skip, because the food smells so good and looks so interesting when it is served. The smell makes everyone want to just dive in and eat.
Rule #8: Skip the sweet tea, because it is not sweet.
Rule #9: Go with your close family, friends, and people you are very comfortable being around. The seating is tight. Your elbows will touch.
Rule #10: Enjoy! Some dining experiences are not fancy or visually stunning. Some dining experiences are designed so that you feast. Hot & Juicy Crawfish is one feast-ful experience.