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Try a Cajun classic at Crab Daddy

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Try a Cajun classic at Crab Daddy

OH SAY CAN YOU SEAFOOD BOIL: The Seafood Boils, which are the house specialty at Crab Daddy, allow diners to choose their favorite seafood items for a Cajun-style preparation. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Try a Cajun classic at Crab Daddy

DINNER IS ON THE TABLE: The dining experience at Crab Daddy is certainly unique, where customers deal with items like Maine lobster in a practical fashion. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

In the 1700’s, descendants of the French who settled in Canada, moved to the southern state of Louisiana and it is believed they brought the traditional seafood boil with them. The majority of the more than one million Cajuns in the United States still live in Louisiana where crawfish boils are most popular.

Now seafood lovers on Guam can find the authentic dish right in their own backyard, complete with an ocean view.

Crab Daddy opened about a month ago and the meant-to-be-shared dish of boiled seafood of your choice mixed with corn on the cob, sausage and red potatoes coated in a house sauce and served in a bag to preserve heat and the flavors, is the must-try menu item. Guests can tie on a bib, slip on some plastic gloves, spread the seafood boil out in the center of a wax paper covered table, and dig-in.

Choosing what kind of seafood boil is made easy with a choice of three combos. All three combos come with a choice of shrimp, mussels, clams, squid, octopus. A choice of Dungeness crab or snow crab is added to Combo B and a choice of king crab or lobster comes with Combo C.

Crab Daddy’s Chef Reynaldo Pantaleon said king crab is the most popular choice.

“King crab is number one. The second one is Dungeness crab - the guests really love it,” he said.

Try a Cajun classic at Crab Daddy

FULL-BIB EXPERIENCE: Crab Daddy provides guests with bibs, gloves and shell cracking tools to tackle the hearty meals. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Try a Cajun classic at Crab Daddy

NO CELLPHONES AT THIS TABLE: It doesn't take long to find out why the tables are lined with wax paper at Crab Daddy. Keep your devices clear as the generous portions of the Seafood Boils can easily overflow. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Quality ingredients and speed are key when serving up steaming seafood boil, Pantaleon said.

“You have to be fast,” he said, adding that he and his team work hard to live up to the expectations of speed and flavor. 

Try a Cajun classic at Crab Daddy

PASTA: Garlic noodles can be ordered plain, for $7.95, or with shrimp added for $4. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Try a Cajun classic at Crab Daddy

STEAMING: Line cook Kyle Zamora checks on some of the dungeness crab that are on one of the decks in the commercial steamer in the Crab Daddy kitchen. The Dungeness crab, snow crab and king crab are available at market price. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

“The food is fast to come out and the sauce is unique," he said. 

Four types of sauces are offered; Cajun, Nutty, Garlic and Lemon Pepper, but it’s a blend of all the sauces called “The Works” that is the most requested.

“It has a bit of a kick,” said Crab Daddy owner Paul Pak.

Fried shrimp for starters

Try a Cajun classic at Crab Daddy

SHRIMP-TASTIC: The Coconut Shrimp appetizer ($14.95) can also be ordered as an entree with two more pieces of coconut shrimp and fries for $19.95. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

For those not quite ready to a dive into the seafood boil, Crab Daddy has lots of other options.

For a starter, Chef Pantaleon recommends the coconut shrimp, breaded with a blend of Cajun spices, panko, egg and flour, fried to a golden brown and served with a house-made tartar sauce.

“Our tartar sauce is really creamy and very tasteful, “Pantaleon said.

For a delicious lunch or dinner anytime Pantaleon recommends the beer-battered fish and chips, another crowd pleaser.

Try a Cajun classic at Crab Daddy

FISH & CHIPS: Depending on availability, basa or swai fish are treated with the house-made beer batter for the Crab Daddy Fish & Chips for $17.95. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

And Pak said pleasing the crowds is the aim at Crab Daddy.

“We are still a very new restaurant. A lot of people say they have been waiting for us to open. We are trying our best to meet expectations in every way," Pak said.

Pak said they want to appeal to tourists and locals alike.

“We have been pretty busy to say the least,” he said.

Try a Cajun classic at Crab Daddy

LEAFY GREENS: The Grilled Shrimp Salad ($14.95) is built on a bed of green leaf lettuce with edamame, sliced boiled egg, corn and crispy tortilla strips. Diners then choose between lemon vinaigrette and Cajun ranch as a dressing. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

With a skillfully decorated location a short stroll to Chamorro Village and downtown Hagåtña, and only minutes away from Tamuning, Crab Daddy is easy to get to for a new food adventure for the curious.

Try a Cajun classic at Crab Daddy

TEAM CRAB DADDY: Paul Pak, center, in blue, and the staff of Crab Daddy opened the Cajun seafood concept in November. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

“We believe it’s a great location that I see us doing really well in,” Pak said.

Satisfy your curiosity and your taste buds at Crab Daddy’s.

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