Low country seafood boils have hit Evansville, and they are most definitely juicy.
Midwest chain Juicy Seafood opened on the East Side in September with the goal of bringing a casual, Cajun dining experience filled with crawfish, crab, shrimp, corn, potatoes, and more — all delivered fresh from the Gulf of Mexico weekly.
Not to be confused with the similarly named The Juicy Seafood, Juicy Seafood is a Chinese owned and operated Midwest chain. First opened in Hermitage, Tennessee in 2018, the restaurant has since expanded to over 10 locations in the area.
After discovering that most restaurants that served low country boils were high end, Juicy Seafood centered their business around casual dining.
“In Evansville, we didn’t find many seafood locations and we believe it’s hard to get seafood in this particular area,” says Juicy Seafood Marketing Director Commi Tong. “We wanted a location in Evansville so people can enjoy the seafood too.”
Juicy Seafood’s specialty low country boil is a mix-and-match dish with 11 types of seafood to choose from — black mussels, green mussels, king crab, snow crab, lobster tail, shrimp (no head), shrimp (with head), crawfish, clams, seasonal blue crab, and Dungeness crab.
The boil is mixed in a BPA-free plastic bag with your choice of garlic butter, lemon pepper, Cajun, or their famous juicy special seasoning.
“What makes them so popular is our juicy special seasoning,” says Tong. “Also, the way we present it. We came up with the boil bag, so that when you open it, all the great smells come out and go straight to your nose.”
Served with a bib, this dish certainly lives up to the restaurant’s slogan “Get Your Hands Dirty.”
The restaurant also offers a variety of fried seafood including catfish, tilapia, shrimp, calamari, crab cake, hushpuppies, and oysters. They also have a full liquor bar with daily specials of bottled beer, draft beer, spirits, and wine.
Tong says the chain has focused on lowering its operating costs to give customers the most affordable price as a long-term relationship with customers is integral to their future success.
“They love the sensation of opening the bag and getting their hands dirty,” says Tong. “We are a family-style restaurant… people like to come here and have a good time.”
Juicy Seafood has grown so much in popularity that they are opening another chain called Million’s Crab, a more high-end seafood restaurant, in several Midwest locations in Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Tong says a location in Terre Haute is opening in about a month.