Cafe Reviews

Hot N' Juicy Crawfish in Tempe Serves Well-Seasoned Seafood by the Pound

I don't know that I've ever before eaten a meal swathed in latex, but having dined at Hot 'n' Juicy Crawfish, I can say not only that I have but that I plan to do so again very soon.

This Las Vegas-based restaurant chain opened on Mill Avenue last April (there is one in Glendale, as well), and it's been doing wall-­to-­wall business ever since. Shellfish is quite literally the name of the game here -- pounds of it, surprisingly fresh and seasoned with flavors of chili and celery salt and big notes of Cajun spice.

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
Contact: Robrt L. Pela