Crazy Alan Expands the Swamp Further Out of the Bayou
Jan 05, 2018 08:32PM
With crawfish season now in full swing, the pots are boiling overtime as Crazy Alan expands his Swamp Shack. Crawfish cravings can be quickly quelled with customers able to order pounds of boiled as well as live crawfish to-go at the drive-thru location next door to the original Swamp Shack (310 Texas Ave., Kemah). Food trucks have also been added to further expand the Swamp’s reach. Located in Webster (at the intersection of Bay Area Blvd. and Hwy. 3) and Alvin (in front of the Meadow Park Shopping Center at the corner of Hwy. 35 and Mustang Rd.), these food trucks are open seven days a week from noon to 9 p.m. with two other trucks also open in various places throughout the year.
Crazy Alan will continue expanding the swamp with his hunt focusing in on the Baybrook Mall area in the near future. They will be running two food trucks out of each restaurant location as well.
In 2013, Crazy Alan’s opened their second location on I-10 in East Houston, but when Hurricane Harvey hit town, the restaurant took on water and was forced to close. Not willing to let a little hurricane bring him down, Crazy Alan decided to rebuild the restaurant with a new concept in mind. This new venture, called the Blue Bayou Café, will offer similar food as the Swamp Shack in a more upscale atmosphere.
While hard work is definitely behind the success of Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack, loyal customers and fans of the restaurant from all over the globe will likely say it is the award-winning crawfish, and Cajun-inspired menu that has them coming back for more.
With four different spice levels to choose from (Mild, Hot and Spicy, Extra Spicy and Ultimate Heat), crawfish are the biggest sellers this time of year and are often ordered with the new G-Sauce. Created by Guillermo Miranda, the managing partner at the East Houston location, this spicy garlic sauce is becoming famous in Houston as well as the Kemah location. Crazy Alan says, “It’s so good you can probably put it on a napkin, and it will taste good. Ask for it – you won’t regret it.”
Although the Swamp Shack is best known for their crawfish and their Seafood Pots big enough to feed the whole family (the Boiled Seafood Feast includes two pounds of crawfish, a half pound of boiled shrimp, two blue crabs, one cluster of snow crab, one cluster of Dungeness, one leg of king crab and a 10-ounce lobster tail); they also serve a variety of other Cajun-inspired dishes, such as Alligator Eggs (scallops wrapped in bacon and deep fried), Coon Balls (Boudain balls), Bullfrog Legs, Gator Bites (actual alligator fried or barbecued), Bayou Po-boys (fried alligator, shrimp, catfish or crawfish with cocktail and tartar sauce spread on French bread, served with shrimp slaw, lettuce and tomato) and Cajun classics like Red Beans and Rice, Jambalaya, Etouffee and Gumbo.
Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack offers several specials and promotions throughout the week, such as All-You-Can-Eat Catfish or Shrimp ($14.99 for lunch, $16.99 for dinner and $19.99 Friday through Sunday) and $4.99 Crawfish Happy Hour Specials (all day on Monday and Wednesday and Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m.) Tuesdays they offer $2 tacos all day, plus $7.99 Snow Crab Clusters from 6 to 10 p.m.; Wednesday is "Buy One, Get One Half Off." (Ask for details.); Thursday they offer half off appetizers and $7.99 Snow Crab Clusters from 6 to 10 p.m. They have lunch specials Monday through Friday with Happy Hour until 6 p.m. with 50¢ off drinks. Kids eat free three days a week. (Ask for details.)
Visit www.crazyalanswampshack.com to receive a free entrée on your birthday (and other special discounts) when you sign up for Crazy Alan’s Birthday club.
For more than eight years, Crazy Alan has been serving Cajun food and bringing a little bit of the bayou to the Bay Area. With new locations on the horizon and the additions of the drive-thru and food trucks throughout the area, it will be even easier to get what the crazy crawfish customers crave, and Crazy Alan will continue to expand the swamp as he lives out the American Dream.
Crawfish Myths Busted by Crazy Alan!
BUSTED: Crawfish are crustaceans and as they grow, they shed their shells and grow new ones. This molting occurs even more during what Crazy Alan calls the “growing season,” so he says the crawfish they get early in the season and late in the season may have more of these softer shells. Again, peel the crawfish and if the meat is firm and easily removed from the head, the crawfish is good and was just going through a growth stage.