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7 Twin Cities Cajun Boils to Crack Into Right Now

There’s suddenly a whole crop of seafood boil restaurants

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| Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Maybe it’s a realization made on the way out of winter hibernation. Maybe it’s just that things come into sharper focus one the temperature finally creeps up to 50 degrees for the first time since November. Either way, there’s a whole bunch of cajun boil spots around the Twin Cites area these days. For those looking to pair spring with a hot pot of cajun-boiled fish, seafood, and shellfish here’s where to go.

Locations are ordered west to east.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cajun Deli

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8038 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
(763) 391-0900
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In addition to offering boils of shrimp, mussels, and crawfish by the pound, this no-frills suburban spot also offers fried fish and shrimp sandwiches as well as a cold meat option. Perhaps perfect for spice averse Minnesotans, customers get to pick the spice level.

2. Crazy Cajun

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8578 Edinburgh Centre Dr
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
(763) 568-7085
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The suburbs are showing up! Also located in Brooklyn Park, this strip-mall outpost has a specifically Luisiana take on cajun boils. Spice scents fill the air in Crazy Cajun, the brainchild of chef John Nguyen who hails from a family restaurant business.

3. Cajun Boiling Minneapolis

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1931 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 871-2334
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Located in the building that used to house Reverie, Cajun Boiling makes the most of its Eat Street address, serving beer, wine, and cocktails with its boils. Boils are also available via apps like DoorDash, BiteSquad, and more which makes warming up cajun style in the winter easy peasy.

4. The Cajun House

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2600 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 345-7439
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The Cajun House is one of the restaurant offerings near the U’s Minneapolis campus. While still offering boils, this spot has a more robust menu that also includes oysters and things like grilled cauliflower that can satiate even vegetarian diners.

5. Grand Catch

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1672 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 348-8541
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Corn, potatoes, seafood and spice is what visitors will find at St. Paul’s Grand Catch. The spot has been making a splash since its debut last year with its crawfish boils and bright-blue exterior. It’s also a partnership with the chef/owner of Cajun Deli in case diners don’t want to venture to the ‘burbs to try his food.

An orange cocktail in a tall glass sits at the edge of a table in front of wall of green plants and a pink neon sign that reads, “What’s Crackin’” Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

6. Sweet Cajun Boiling Seafood

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1464 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 330-3439
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While Sweet Cajun Boiling Seafood may be small, it is mighty. They serve up big, spicy flavors with friendly service to boot. Guests can have their pick of a variety of seafood from mussels to Dungeness Crab and lobster.

7. Cajun Life

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1193 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130
(651) 772-0101
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Opened in April of last year, Cajun Life serves up a simple menu of boils, sandwiches, sides (think fries that come drizzled in a spicy cheese sauce and corn cobs) in addition to cajun wings. Plus, there are of course beverages, too, to wash the spices down—but just coke and water. Minimalists rejoice.

1. Cajun Deli

8038 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

In addition to offering boils of shrimp, mussels, and crawfish by the pound, this no-frills suburban spot also offers fried fish and shrimp sandwiches as well as a cold meat option. Perhaps perfect for spice averse Minnesotans, customers get to pick the spice level.

8038 Brooklyn Blvd
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

2. Crazy Cajun

8578 Edinburgh Centre Dr, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

The suburbs are showing up! Also located in Brooklyn Park, this strip-mall outpost has a specifically Luisiana take on cajun boils. Spice scents fill the air in Crazy Cajun, the brainchild of chef John Nguyen who hails from a family restaurant business.

8578 Edinburgh Centre Dr
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

3. Cajun Boiling Minneapolis

1931 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Located in the building that used to house Reverie, Cajun Boiling makes the most of its Eat Street address, serving beer, wine, and cocktails with its boils. Boils are also available via apps like DoorDash, BiteSquad, and more which makes warming up cajun style in the winter easy peasy.

1931 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

4. The Cajun House

2600 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

The Cajun House is one of the restaurant offerings near the U’s Minneapolis campus. While still offering boils, this spot has a more robust menu that also includes oysters and things like grilled cauliflower that can satiate even vegetarian diners.

2600 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

5. Grand Catch

1672 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
An orange cocktail in a tall glass sits at the edge of a table in front of wall of green plants and a pink neon sign that reads, “What’s Crackin’” Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Corn, potatoes, seafood and spice is what visitors will find at St. Paul’s Grand Catch. The spot has been making a splash since its debut last year with its crawfish boils and bright-blue exterior. It’s also a partnership with the chef/owner of Cajun Deli in case diners don’t want to venture to the ‘burbs to try his food.

1672 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

6. Sweet Cajun Boiling Seafood

1464 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104

While Sweet Cajun Boiling Seafood may be small, it is mighty. They serve up big, spicy flavors with friendly service to boot. Guests can have their pick of a variety of seafood from mussels to Dungeness Crab and lobster.

1464 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55104

7. Cajun Life

1193 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130

Opened in April of last year, Cajun Life serves up a simple menu of boils, sandwiches, sides (think fries that come drizzled in a spicy cheese sauce and corn cobs) in addition to cajun wings. Plus, there are of course beverages, too, to wash the spices down—but just coke and water. Minimalists rejoice.

1193 Payne Ave
St Paul, MN 55130

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