If you’ve never tried a Louisiana boil, you’re missing out on something great. Fresh, tender seafood boiled in aromatic spices that really pack a punch- what could be better? This fantastic seafood preparation method was popularized in Louisiana, but has recently been making its way into Canadian cities. The Captain’s Boil, which established itself with initial locations in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, has now begun to branch out to different locations, including a new location in Uptown Waterloo! Seafood lovers rejoice. Although this new restaurant has generated a great deal of attention, it is not the only (or even the first) seafood boil restaurant in the area. Other options include LA Boil, on Westmount, and the Boil Bar located on King Street close to Laurier University. All three restaurants have strong reviews, mouth-watering menus, and convenient Waterloo locations!
What’s so amazing about a Louisiana Boil?
Really, there are several reasons to be excited about a seafood boil. Reason number one, there’s no cutlery involved! In a traditional boil, the serving table is covered in newspaper, and the prepared food is dumped straight on top. Dig in, use your hands, and get messy! Of course, most restaurants are opting for a slightly classier method (but your food will still, most likely, come in a bag to lock in the flavour!) Any Louisiana Boil bar will provide a bib to protect your clothes, and you may just find you really need it. Abandoning cutlery for a meal contributes to a fun, laid-back atmosphere and plenty of laughs. You’ll feel like a kid again!
Beyond this unique serving style, however, the real champion of the boil is all out flavour. You’ll be able to choose between Cajun, buttery garlic, and lemon pepper, or a combination of all three sauces for a truly mouthwatering experience. (The LA Boil also offers a “curry” option). We strongly suggest trying out the combination of these flavours for those who like their food on the bold side! However, any of them are delicious on their own as well. For extra variety, your personalized boil can come in a variety of different spice levels, ranging from zero to smoking hot! Although a traditional boil would be fairly spicy, the toned down version is just as tasty.
Seafood, seafood, seafood. If you don’t love seafood, this culinary experience may not be for you! (However, the Captain’s Boil does offer chicken slices as an alternative to the traditional seafood options). Mouthwatering shrimp, lobster, mussels, and of course, crawfish, are just a few of the options available. If you’ve never tried crawfish before, we highly recommend it! These tasty crustaceans are something like a mix between shrimp and lobster, in both taste and size. They’re also the quintessential component of a true Louisiana boil, so if you’re going for authenticity, crawfish is the best option. That being said, we have tried several other seafood and flavour combinations and have yet to be disappointed.
What do you love most about a Louisiana Boil? Do you have a favourite boil restaurant in Waterloo- Captain’s Boil, La Boil, or the Boil Bar? Let us know in the comments!