In major urban centers around the world, the best food places are often crowded tightly around subway stops, where high-density foot traffic makes turnover quick and the food constantly fresh. In Seattle, there's hope for that still, at the corner of South Myrtle and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Here at the light rail's Othello stop, two strip malls face each other, packed with everything from Halal samosas to Vietnamese dim sum. Tucked into a narrow space there's also a sliver of a seafood spot, Gulf Coast-style, called the Cajun Crawfish.
Each night has a different special at the Cajun Crawfish, and Mondays are oyster night--you can get them raw for $12.99 a dozen, or as shooters. But the specialty every night is the crawfish boil--and the rest of the variety of seafood, in the house special Boom-Bang sauce. Choosing what to order isn't hard; just ask the server what's fresh. The servers are excellent and happy to help. So helpful, in fact, I overheard another diner, a restaurant owner herself, trying to hire our server on the spot.
While they do serve frozen crawfish, they also keep fresh crawfish when it's in season (that's now), so just be sure to find out what you're getting. We ordered ours alongside some surprisingly sweet prawns from the fresh board. House Boom-Bang sauce is good if you're up for a slightly sweet style of sauce, or you can stick to traditional boil flavors, but the heat, even at its spiciest, didn't register as that hot.
There is one secret at Cajun Crawfish that you'd never guess you'd find in a south-end strip-mall seafood joint: the French fries are fantastic. As part of a generation bred to both hate McDonald's the company and to believe that their French fries are the Platonic ideal of fries, I find the ones at Cajun Crawfish come as close to that as anywhere in town. So while cheap oysters, fresh boiled seafood, or shockingly good fries might not be reason enough alone to get to Cajun Crawfish, together that's a Boom-Bang Monday night.