The most annoying thing here is that you can't make reservations. They do have a host stand that will take your name and seat you when your entire party arrives, at the next available opening. Which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike reservations.
But it does give you time to hang out at the bar and order an Abita beer, a Hurricane, or get a dozen oysters on the half shell. The oysters here are always good, and they come on a bed of edible seaweed - the kind of seaweed salad one expects to find in a Japanese restaurant.
Once seated, take in the New Orleans style decor while you read the menu. The tables are set with paper tablecloths and have a handful of crayons to doodle with. It's also for your server, who will introduce themselves by writing their name on your tablecloth.
The menu is divided into sections, like The Garden District, which is the soups-and-salads section, Mid-City Meats, which are the meat entrees, and The French Quarter, which contains their classic New Orleans style dishes.
For Celiacs, ask for their Gluten-Free menu. Even the dressings are gluten-free.
Start out with oysters, any way you can get them. Oysters Rockefeller, Oysters on the half, or Fried Oysters. You can also get Crawfish tails - already peeled and ready to eat. The stuffed bread is another winner - large round balls of dough stuffed with Andouille Sausage and Cheddar Cheese and fried.
Entrees all sound good, and it entirely depends on what you're in the mood for. There are many "favorites", here, including the Milwaukee Magazine Best Eats selection of Stuffed Eggplant - half an eggplant, breaded and deep-fried, and then stuffed with shrimp and Crawfish, and topped with Cajun red gravy. The Cajun Stir Fry is appealing because is combines many tastes in one dish - Andouille Sausage, Alligator Sausage, Alligator meat, Crawfish tails and Surimi, tossed with Asian vegetables and coated with a garlic pepper sauce. It's out of the world, and easily enough food for two meals or to share.
If poultry is more your style, a glance at the Plantation Poultry section yields a choice of Cajun Chicken Cordon Bleu, Chicken Pontalba, Bourbon Chicken, and The Big Mamou - chicken and Andouille mixed with fettuccine, peppers, onions and red gravy.
Sandwiches here are just OK. The Muffuletta is a little disappointing. It's rather dry, despite the oil in the olive salad dressing, and just doesn't seem to have the flavor of a true New Orleans style Muffuletta. The Po'Boy sandwiches are good, but stick to the fried oysters or the Catfish.
There is a large seafood and fish section, including pan-seared Mahi-Mahi, a fish-fry that uses Abita Turbodog in the batter and a wonderful Cajun style Paella that includes shrimp, scallops, fish, mussels, clam, and whole Crawfish.
If you're still hungry, there's a section marked Decatur Desserts. Aside from a Dessert of the Week, you can't go wrong with a choice of Bourbon Pecan Pie, Creme Brulee, or Bread Pudding.
At Crawdaddy's, they are all about Laissez les bon temps rouler.
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6414 W. Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, WI
Hours: Lunch: Tues - Fri 11.30 AM - 2.00 PM; Dinner: Tues - Thurs 4.30 PM - 9 PM; Fri- Sat 4.30 PM - 10 PM; Sun 4.30 PM - 9 PM; Closed Mondays
Happy Hour: Yes - Tues - Fri 3 PM - 5 PM
Low-Carb options: Yes
Vegetarian Selections: Yes
Gift Certificates: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No