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THE DISH: Red Crawfish Seafood and Wings

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Red Crawfish serves, from left clockwise, Cajun boils, fried seafood combinations with fries, chicken wings with friends and pan seared flounder with steamed vegetables and potatoes. (Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski)

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The Lawrenceville restaurant has picnic table seating with white paper to make picking up the shells from shrimp and crawfish easier. (Staff Photo: Meghan Kotowski)

1820 N. Brown Road, Suite 10, Lawrenceville

678-847-0388

www.redcrawfishga.com

Open since: March 13

Owners: Husband and wife duo Tom and Chen Tran

Location: Red Crawfish is located off of N. Brown Road, in between Sugarloaf Parkway and Duluth Highway, in front of Sugarloaf Mills Mall.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m. Sundays

Atmosphere: The inside of Red Crawfish is vibrant, but calm. It feels like you are sitting at a restaurant off of the bayou — but without the water.

There are picnic tables and benches throughout the dining room — all of them made by co-owner Tom Tran. It took him about two months to piece them all together, then sand, stain and paint the wooden creations.

The tables are covered with white paper for easy crawfish, crab and shrimp clean up. Plus there are paper towels, ketchup and two types of hot sauce (Texas Pete’s and Sriracha) for every table.

The front wall is made of floor to ceiling windows. The other walls are red and orange with Mardi Gras masks and fish, plus large photos of citrus (think limes and lemons).

There’s a small bar for a quick meal and a drink. Or when the weather is warm, there is patio space to relax an afternoon away.

“People like it because there aren’t many types of restaurants like this in the area,” said co-owner Chen Tran.

It offers $1 beer specials on Mondays and Wednesdays as well as NFL Sunday Ticket.

If you’re starving, you can order your food early through the restaurant’s app. It is free for both iPhones and Android-based phones.

Menu: Tom Tran grew up in Mobile, Ala.

“He’s used to this kind of cuisine,” Chen said. “We wanted to do something different. When we went to visit his family last spring, we decided we wanted to do something simple like this.”

The menu has a mix of Cajun cuisine and some Asian influences. There is everything from fried seafood plates and po-boys to egg rolls and fried rice — but the majority of the menu consists of the spicy Southern fare.

The most popular dish is the Cajun boil, according to Chen Tran. The staff makes their boil slightly different than the traditional recipe. The Trans like to add a little bit of cinnamon to the broth.

“People say this is not authentic New Orleans, but that’s not what we’re trying to be,” she said. “We’re trying to bring something similar, but different.”

For many of the plates, there is the option to order a small or large portion.

“We didn’t want to make our menu pricey, so people don’t have to save up to come out,” Tran said “People should be able to come here any night of the week, that’s why we have smaller options.”

There is also a kids menu, which includes chicken nuggets or fried shrimp served with fries.

Thing you might not know: Before Red Crawfish, the Trans owed a Japanese Steakhouse.

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Red Crawfish Seafood and Wings

Red Crawfish Seafood and Wings