Don’t look now, but there’s an imaginary crawdaddy drought going down…
For three long weeks a crawfish shortage has gripped KC’s top cajun restaurant chain, Jazz a Louisiana Kitchen. That according to a server Monday at the eatery’s 39th and State Line location. Which, of course, flew in the face of the restaurant’s Mudbug Mondays special, "2 Pounds of Crawfish and 2 Pints Select Draft Beer" for $14.99.
There were none to be had my server said.
What? No crawdaddies at an eatery who’s very logo is – you guessed it – cartoon crawdaddies!
"I actually don’t know why we haven’t been able to get them," Jazz staffer Jane said in a followup call Tuesday. "I assume because they’re not in season or something. I’ll have to ask my manager, but he’s not here. We haven’t been able to get them for a while, but I have no idea why. Sorry."
Ditto for the Jazz location at the Legends in KCK.
"It’s our food distributor that’s been out," Jazz staffer Andy said. "It’ll probably be a little bit longer, probably a few more weeks."
While an extended crawfish shortage in Kansas City may seem unthinkable, take heart; Joe’s Crab Shack in Olathe says it’s experienced no such shortage. Come and get ’em.
"We have ’em," says Joe’s manager Ed Shaw. "We don’t have any problem getting them. I have not heard anything about a shortage, but sometimes a vendor will buy in bulk and they just can’t get them."
Upon further investigative reporting I learned local seafood wholesalers Seattle Fish and Fabulous Fish Co. also say they have crawfish in stock.
"I don’t think there’s necessarily a shortage," Seattle’s Zack Zachott said. "I’ve got some. It’s just a tricky business."
Not familiar with crayfish as a food group? Read on.
According to chacha.com, "Crayfish, crawfish, or crawdads are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters, to which they are related. They breathe through feather-like gills and they are mostly found in brooks and streams where there is fresh water running."
Get it? Little lobster thingies.
They’re raised and shipped year round by organizations like Kyle LeBlanc Crawfish Farms in Raceland, Louisiana.
"They can’t get ’em?" LeBlanc asked. "They can get ’em from me."
That’s cool, but is there some sort of seasonal shortage or something going down?
"No, not really," LeBlanc says. "I ship 10 months out of the year and I’ve got ’em right now."
As it happens, KC Confidential Web meister Lazarus Potter was hanging at Jazz Monday night also.
Was Laz bummed about the crawdaddy shortage?
"Nope, I hate to say it but I never order crawfish," he says. "And I especially would never order crawfish in Kansas City."