King Creole (2212 Old Brandon Road, Pearl) is a new place that does the boiled-or-fried-seafood thing pretty well. The boiled seafood comes from the Haul’n Tails (cute name, I think) cart outside.
You order from a counter, and can eat at one of several booths. Things were a little hectic, service-wise, but I didn’t mind because we weren’t in a hurry and everyone was very apologetic. I got the fried crawfish po-boy (6-inch for $8.85, 12-inch for $12.95).
I liked the po-boy. The cornmeal breading was light in both consistency and seasoning, and the bread was soft (although the bread-to-crawfish ratio was a little high). There are two types of frozen crinkle-cut fries: soggy and nasty, or well-fried and satisfying. These were the latter, and were sprinkled with cajun seasoning.
My friend got the boiled shrimp platter, for $11.95, which comes with potatoes, sausage, and corn. He wanted a side of hushpuppies as well, but they were out.
I didn’t try his sides (he said they were fine) but had quite a few of his shrimp — it was a pretty large serving. The seasoning was very spicy, which I liked. They were also fairly salty (and maybe a bit heavy on the lemon seasoning), but this was mostly balanced out by the heat. And the woman who brought our food told us that they can go even spicier if you want—I might do that next time!
King Creole is open Monday - Saturday, 11am - 8pm; their number is (769) 220-2040.