The restaurant serves whole Dungeness crab and whole lobster, along with crawfish, shrimp and mussels that can be prepared two ways: The basic boiled-with-spices Cajun way, or the Creole way which involves a creamy white sauce called a roux.
There’s also fried catfish nuggets — and chicken wings and tenders for the seafood averse — along with grilled fish, gumbo and jambalaya.
You can eat with your hands here and it’s not uncommon to dump the food out onto the paper-covered table. There’s even a couple of sinks in the dining room if you need to wash up.
One dish that’s not on the menu that you can still order? The “big bag combo.” It actually comes in a giant bowl because it doesn’t fit in a bag. That big ol’ pile of food at right is it: crab legs, crab, mussels, shrimp, corn on the cob and potatoes.
The restaurant is next to Vons at First Street and Nees Avenue and is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It doesn’t have a website yet, but if you need to reach the restaurant, call (559) 438-0124. The menu is posted below. Click on it to make it bigger.
Hopefully you have as much with the staff there as I did. They’re an interesting bunch. One owner, Vicki Lugue, is a local real estate agent who also acts in commercials and has done some modeling. She sings on Saturday nights on the restaurant’s little stage.
The other owner is Efren Evangelista, a former architect who is into martial arts and runs the Angry Asian restaurant — once called the Manila Grill — next door. The chef, Roy Mendoza, is a young guy from the Philippines who was trained in Italy.
Here’s some more photos from my visit. Below is co-owner Vicki Lugue.
Sinks for washing up after eating with your hands: