Have you had the chance to experience a Cajun seafood boil restaurant? This fiery style of cooking, where fresh seafood is steamed and tossed in a spicy sauce consisting of herbs, aromatics, and butter, is quickly becoming a sensation. Now it’s made its way to Cedar Rapids, where Crab Attack Cajun Seafood Shack is serving up heaping portions of fresh seafood. How would you like it prepared? Here, it’s totally up to you.

Let us know if you’ve been to Cedar Rapids’ first build-your-own seafood boil restaurant and tell us your favorite combos and southern specialties in the comments section! The possibilities are limitless, so make sure to keep an eye on the restaurant’s website and Facebook page to plan out your next visit. You might want some coffee after a rich seafood meal like this, so why not take the Cedar Rapids Java Trail?

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Where Can I Find The Best Seafood In Iowa?

  • Splash in Des Moines is one of the flashiest restaurants in the state - featuring some amazing nautical decor, as well as aquariums around the restaurant letting you see the fish up close. But the decor doesn't overshadow the food! The seafood here is incredibly fresh and delicious, changing with the seasons and offering fish and seafood both grilled and chilled.
  • Cedar Valley Fish Market is the definition of no-frills - this hole-in-the-wall fish market in Waterloo specializes in selling raw fish for cooking at home, and the catch is as fresh as it gets. But the market also does a brisk business in lunch specials, selling freshly-fried seafood in simple combos. You can get sandwiches, fish tacos, or fish and chips for a reasonable price along with your fresh catch.
  • Costa Del Mar Mexican Grill & Seafood Restaurant in Davenport is something completely different - a high-end Mexican restaurant specializing in the powerfully flavored seafood dishes of the Mexican coast. You can get delicious preparations of ceviche, rarely-seen seafood options like langoustines, and fish and seafood stews loaded with authentic flavors.


Where Can I Find The Best Southern Food In Iowa?

  • Bubba in Des Moines is the most acclaimed southern restaurant in Iowa, serving inventive twists on soul food classics. Featuring a lounge and cocktail bar downstairs, you can find reinventions of southern classics like grits, mac-and-cheese, chicken and waffles, and catfish served in a succotash skillet. Make sure to save room for dessert, like the restaurant's seasonal cobbler!
  • Sugapeach is the hottest new fast-casual restaurant in Iowa, and this cafeteria-style restaurant takes southern classics and gives them a new spin. Fried chicken and catfish are the signature items here, and come with your choice of sides including biscuits, mac-and-cheese, and fried okra. Even the drinks are served in a traditional mason jar!

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