Southern seafood tradition washes ashore in Kaneohe

Columns Foodie Fare

August 9, 2015

Story By: Christina O Connor | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO

Combo No. 2 ($55)

Combo No. 2 ($55)

Popular in the South and on the East Coast, seafood boils feature a variety of shell-fish and other types of seafood cooked all together in a heaping pot. That sounds like pretty much the best thing ever, right? So why should Hawaii have to miss out?

Well, now it doesn’t have to, thanks to Cajun King. The eatery first launched in Aiea and then became so popular that it opened a second venue in Kaneohe at Windward City Shopping Center last fall.

“We do all kinds of seafood,” explains Cajun King Kaneohe manager Jin Chen.

And he doesn’t just mean across the menu — “all kinds of seafood” even can be found within the same dish. Take Combo No. 2 ($55), for instance, which is stocked with Dungeness crab, crawfish, mussels, shrimp and clams, and complemented with corn and potatoes.

This combo is just one of many that customers can choose from — other options feature crab legs or lobster. Or you can build your own boil by selecting your preferred seafood, a seasoning from options that include garlic butter, black bean sauce or cajun, and a spice level ranging from “none” to “volcanic.”

“All of the combos are big enough for two or three people to share,” Chen says.

If you dine between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., you can take advantage of Cajun King’s Lunch Special ($12.99), which gives you a choice of either Cajun-style 1/2 Lobster or Salt & Pepper 1/2 Lobster, along with either New York Steak, Salt & Pepper Pork Chop or Salt & Pepper Shrimp. Each special is served with your choice of white or fried rice. (Pictured here is Salt & Pepper 1/2 Lobster with New York Steak and fried rice.)

To go along with any meal, Cajun King Kaneohe also offers a variety of sides, such as Fried Catfish ($10) or Oysters ($14 for six). And to wash that all down, there’s domestic beers for $1.99 and imported and premium beers for $2.99.

WHERE Windward City Shopping Center, 45-480 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kaneohe
CALL 744-1882
HOURS Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (last call at 9:30 p.m.)

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