Gator Done

Crustaceans launches an "a-salt" on the taste buds

The atmosphere at Crustaceans leans a bit toward the gloomy. Facing Elm Street (next door to The Green Room), the restaurant's front windows are draped in funereal black. The tables' purple plastic cloths clash with the cayenne-orange wall and the wildly patterned carpet that my Louisiana-born friend labels "coonass casino."

They expect to fix up the back patio soon, the waiter tells us. And there'll be live jazz on weekends. He drapes green and gold Mardi Gras beads around our necks and tells us to come back soon. If only the food here were as welcoming as the servers.

Brian Wright, owner of Crustaceans, with a selection of salty, sorta-Cajun fare
Tom Jenkins
Brian Wright, owner of Crustaceans, with a selection of salty, sorta-Cajun fare

Location Info

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Crustaceans

2711 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226

Category: Restaurant > Cajun

Region: Downtown & Deep Ellum

Details

Stuffed crab $7.95

Fried alligator $7.95

Corn and crab bisque $4.50-$8

Shrimp platter $13.95

Smothered okra $10.95

Crawfish étouffée $11.95

Bread pudding $3.95

Closed

But we aren't quite ready to go after we pay the check. Tongues swollen from the salt lick, no way can we hit the road without another fill-up of Crustaceans' good iced tea. Between the two of us at lunch, we've already drained more than 20 glasses. 2711 Elm St., 214-747-0900. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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