Story by CINDY
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Seafood can be served up in an array of styles: fried, steamed, broiled, grilled and even raw. What about spicy? Pooler’s newest restaurant, Crawl Daddy’s, offers fresh seafood with a Cajun flair.
It is locally owned and operated by seasoned business owners Roger Hudson, Mike Randerwala and Sean Randerwala who are making this a family affair. The majority of the staff, including the waitress and hosts are family members of the related entrepreneurs.
With over 35 years’ experience, Crawl Daddy’s is not the first restaurant adventure for Roger. Now with this trio, Crawl Daddy’s is sure to be added to their list of success stories.
Roger also owns Snazzy’s (with two locations) and Steamers at Georgetown. Roger Hudson shares, “I hold a culinary degree that I earned in the United States and spent several years working in and around Disney properties before making the transition to the family restaurant segment. I served as a general manager and district manager for Cracker Barrel for 14 years.” Trip Advisor and Yelp are fans of the seafood establishment; their successful restaurants are dotting the landscape across the coastal empire.
What makes Crawl Daddy’s stand above the crowd- their impeccable menu. Jordan Smith, manager, said, “Our eclectic Cajun style of seafood makes us different. Our specialties would be our raw bar and seafood boils; all of the mix that is used for the boils is made right here. Our dishes are prepared with fresh seafood that are delivered to the restaurant every other day.” The raw bar includes a variety of fresh oysters, clams, shrimp, crab legs, crawfish and mussels. Seafood boils include the ever famous low country boil, crab legs, cherrystone clams, crawfish and mussels and crawfish. With their made from scratch crawfish and shrimp etouffees, quality food is an obvious merit for Crawl Daddy’s. Other Louisiana style entrees on their delicious menu includes classics as shrimp jambalaya, shrimp creole, gumbo, and red beans and rice; which are all served over a bed of rice with hushpuppies. The Cajun establishment also offers juicy steaks for the land lovers. But if you are looking for unique dishes, they have that covered with their special fried frog legs and gator tail. Last, and certainly not least, is the dessert selection that consist of homemade bread pudding, pecan pie and other pies and yummy cakes.
At Crawl Daddy’s, you will also find great drinks to wash down the mouthwatering food. They offer over twenty different beers on tap including craft, a great selection of wine, plus numerous liquors. Stop by during “Happy Hour” and enjoy a great beverage with friends.
Great entertainment compliments any meal. There are more than twenty HD flat screen television sets displayed around the dining and bar area for customers to enjoy their favorite sports including college football and NFL. No matter your location, a screen is in your view. Groovy music, such as the blues, is played throughout restaurant for a more soothing amusing experience.
Atmosphere also defines an establishment. With their nautical décor, Crawl Daddy’s prides itself with its laid back and family style surroundings. Because of their spacious relaxed ambience, this seafood restaurant will quickly become a household name.
On Saturday August 27, Crawl Daddy’s held their ribbon cutting ceremony. Pooler Police Department was present along with Pooler Fire Department. Other special guests included Captain Jack Sparrow and Frozen Disney Princess’ Elsa and Anna. Customers enjoyed buy one pound get one pound free of zesty crawfish and crab. Drink specials were also available and included $4 glasses of fine wine and craft beer, in addition two for one wells.
Operating a successful business is hard work. Crawl Daddy’s shares their love of their family in their restaurant. Roger Hudson shared, “I have four beautiful kids that is my drive behind what I do.”
Sitting on the corner of the Parkway Plaza off Godley Station Boulevard, the new establishment welcomes their neighborhood of Pooler.
From their excellent friendly staff to their relaxed family environment, Crawl Daddy’s will become your next favorite eating venue and sports bar. Although they have only been opened for a couple of months, they are clearly making their spicy mark on Pooler.