After months of anticipation and setbacks, Phoenix-based Angry Crab Shack & BBQ finally opened in Tucson.
The restaurant at 1365 W. Grant Road opened last weekend, more than a year after the company announced plans to enter the Tucson market in spring 2016.
Here's why we're so excited the Cajun-inspired seafood joint has finally arrived:
• We love eating with our hands and at Angry Crab they serve your food in a plastic bag and you get to pour it out on a butcher-style paper-covered table and dig in.
• We love that this reminds us of the Midwest summertime fish boils with a spicy twist. You pick your seafood priced to reflect market rates and, for an additional cost, add sausage or veg to your bag. But here's the biggest difference: The spices. They start at 0 — "Me no likey spice" — and go straight up to the Scorching Scorpion that carries an "Order at your own risk" warning.
• We love that we can also get fish deep-fried, our oysters on the half-shell and everything from pulled pork and brisket to an authentic-y po'boy made the traditional New Orleans Cajun style with oysters and shrimp or land-locked with chicken or andouille sausage.
Tucson's Angry Crab Shack is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Click here for the menu.