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Krazy Fish Review in Charlotte: Seafood Flavors from Around the World

Updated: May 31

If you pay attention to the restaurant scene in CLT, then you have likely at least read about Krazy Fish or perhaps you saw the episode of Diners, Drive Through& Dives hosted by Guy Fieri. Located in the heart of Plaza Midwood, it is hard to know how to describe this funky and eclectic restaurant. Started in 2011, by Giorgio Prisco & K.C. Terry (no longer involved), the restaurant bills itself as “world soul seafood.” In this case, that means that Prisco’s creations are a fusion of flavors from the South, Latin America, and Asia. Where else in CLT will you find a menu that includes Southern Fried Calamari served with Vietnamese Nuoc Cham, Szechuan Salt & Pepper Wings, Southern Fried Shrimp Tacos, or Roti filled with Southern-Fried Veggies & Lemongrass Curry Sauce? There are also plenty of good dishes that are not fried such as their twist on, one our favorites, the Lowcountry famous Shrimp & Grits, Cuban Chicken Roti, Szechuan Salmon Tacos and much more. They have a large specials board - including a wide variety of interesting fish dishes which can be prepared fried, grilled, or blackened.

At our recent visit to Krazy Fish, we had an enjoyable experience made even better by our server, Ian. It was clear as we discussed the menu with Ian, that he had eaten much, if not everything, on it. Equally as impressive, he was just as knowledgeable about their beer offerings as well. With CLT’s microbrewery explosion continuing full steam ahead, many of the city’s restaurants have been offering more beers on tap than several years ago. However, Krazy Fish offers just 3 rotating seasonal drafts from NoDa, Triple C, and OMB. The rest of their beer selection were bottles. It was not a large list but adequate.

The food menu is quite large, and there were lots of items which looked appealing to us. The restaurant bills its Seafood Creole (described below) and Shrimp & Grits as “Fan Favorites.” The Shrimp & Grits feature jumbo shrimp sautéed in a mango pineapple sauce ladled in jalapeño cheddar cheese grits soufflé. There are 13 different taco dishes ranging from Southern Fried Fish, Spicy Potato Cake, Cuban Pork Szechuan Salmon, Southern Fried Chicken, Lemongrass Tofu to Brisket. 12 Roti dishes tempt you as well. Their Roti is a flour tortilla stuffed with Krazy rice, selected filler, and the sauce of your choice. Most of the fillers are the same as those offered with the tacos. The sauces range from Jamaican Curry, Indian Curry, Thai Red Curry, Habeñero Apple Butter, Creole, to Lemongrass Curry. Additionally, there are a plethora of entrees - some of which are highlighted above. One of the more interesting entrees on the special board was Lasagna. It didn’t seem to fit with the rest of Krazy Fish’s offerings. But Ian explained that Prisco is Italian which explains the anomaly.

On this visit, Beth went with the Grilled Grouper Tacos,, and I ordered the Seafood Creole. Krazy Fish’s interpretation of this classic Creole-style dish features fish, shrimp, and scallops sautéed with peppers, onions, and celery in a spicy Cajun marinara topped with Southern fried fish, shrimp, calamari, and scallops over their famous Krazy rice. Creole is not normally a dish that I would order, but Ian strongly recommended it. And based on his recommendation, it seemed just too good to pass up. I wasn't disappointed and neither was Beth.

As we’ve written before, one of the marks of a good restaurant to us is when there are so many tempting menu choices that we cannot decide which to order. Beth and I pledged early on that evening to come back again soon. It may take 3 or 4 visits to try all the dishes on the menu that we want to order.

(Caption: Seafood Creole)

*Editorial review provided by our nephews, Jason & Will Fagan

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