The "crabby" restaurant Ragin' Crab Cafe Dallas, which took over the space vacated by The Kush, has opened with a menu of seafood steamed and seasoned in the tradition of a Louisiana crab boil. It celebrates its grand opening with pomp and circumstance (and special prices) on January 17.
The restaurant is co-owned by jewelry importer and restaurateur Steven Sohn (Hibashi Teppan Grill & Sushi Bar in North Dallas) and executive chef Tiger Park.
The menu includes shrimp, crawfish, whole lobster tail, Dungeness crab, Alaskan king crab, snow crab, clams, green mussels, and sea scallops. Seasoning preferences include classic Louisiana, "Louisiana-inspired ragin' bang," lemon pepper, garlic, garlic butter, or Cajun. Part of the dining experience is that customers enjoy the fun of cracking and peeling the shellfish they're eating.
There's also fried stuff: fried shrimp, farm-raised catfish, and chicken tender baskets. Side dishes include Cajun french fries, hush puppies, boudin sausage, steamed rice, sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, red new potatoes, and cole slaw.
For appetizers there is calamari, coconut shrimp, fried oysters, shrimp cocktail, Buffalo shrimp, crab cakes, wings, clam chowder, and gumbo. A full bar features domestic and imported beers and New Orleans-inspired signature cocktails.
Hours are late: The restaurant will be open until midnight every night except Sunday when it closes at 10 pm. Big-screen TVs will broadcast sports games; brunch service is coming soon.