When I saw My Brother’s Crawfish offering a voucher on Living Social – I jumped on it! I love shellfish, but, as I’ve lived exclusively near the West Coast, I can’t say that crawfish is something with which I’ve had a lot of experience. Read: I’ve never had crawfish before. I was eager to try this Louisiana favorite.
Location: 8220 SE Harrison Street, Portland, Oregon
Order: I ordered a Crawfish Boil, of course! (Market Price on the day we visited was $9) I also ordered a few add-ons: Corn on the Cob, Mushrooms and a french roll.
What I Think:
The restaurant is very small with dark walls that made it seemed more closed in than it probably was. The decor is distinctly New Orleans, with an emphasis on a Mardi Gras theme. One thing that kind of caught my eye in particular were the birds on the wall, mostly because I’m a Portlandia fan, and whenever I see bird decor now I think back to the skit they did “Put a bird on it.” Hilarious!
Before visiting any restaurant, I like to visit their website, if they have one, and check out their menu, and get an idea of what I’d like to order. Before visiting My Brother’s Crawfish, I had pretty much decided that I’d like to try the Crawfish Etoufee as this is a dish that I have never experienced before, but something that I’ve always wanted to try.
However, on the occasion when we visited this restaurant, the Etoufee was not available, so I went with the Crawfish Boil, and I’m really glad I did. A huge bowl of Crawfish was brought to the table, and inside the bowl was a couple of halved cobs of corn and about a dozen mushrooms.
I chose the mild spice, and it is spicy, but fortunately as the name “mild” would suggest, its not overly so. But, for those who tend to shy from spicy, they might want something even more mild than the mild spice, because the heat does slowly creep up on you, and by the time I was finishing off my last crawfish and mushrooms, my mouth was pretty warm.
The best part of the meal? I loved the mushrooms! They cooked up in the spicy boil liquid, absorbing the flavors of the crawfish and the spice. YUM! Also good was the french roll, because I used it to soak up the liquid and that was pretty darned tasty.
For those of you who haven’t had crawfish before, they look and taste a lot like mini lobsters. They’re a little chewier though, as I tend to associate lobster with a buttery texture, these crawfish didn’t have that texture. I felt a little out of place eating the crawfish, because I’m sure there’s an art to it, and I fumbled my way around the shells, trying to break into them to reach the tasty meat.
However, despite my bungling with the crawfish, they were still very delicious. The corn on the cob was juicy and tender, and overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable meal.
However, I doubt we’ll be returning, mostly because my husband was less impressed. He ordered the Chicken Strips and French Fries ($10) and this just wasn’t to his liking at all. The Chicken Strips were not very crispy, and they had an unusual breading that he didn’t find very appealing.
My Final Thoughts:
If you’re going to My Brother’s Crawfish, do yourself a favor and go for the crawfish! They’re delicious! I probably won’t be returning to this establishment for the reason I mentioned above, but, even though I won’t be returning, I still really enjoyed what I ate.