There’s a new seafood restaurant in town, or rather, on the historic Grand Ave. The serve traditional cajun seafood boil. It’s cooked traditional Louisiana style and comes in three different flavors: Spicy, Naked, and Garlic and butter. The restaurant is the latest from Milk Jam Creamery and WSK owner Sameh Wadi from Minneapolis.
This is definitely a restaurant for seafood and meat lovers. There are a few vegetarian options including grilled cheese and cheesy fries but besides that, not too much. The food is fresh, simple and reasonably priced. All things that traditionalist St. Paul locals love. As an ode to Milk Jam, three milk soft serve ice cream and vegan lycee ice cream are all fixings at the Grand Catch. A small or half portion isn’t really an option at this restaurant where bigger and greasier seems to mean better and tastier. Again, the menu is basic and definitely centers on one cuisine.
Walking in, there was the distinct vibe that this is the kind of place where Instagram addicts and seafood fanatics can find joy. The outside is pretty red and blue but the interior is a more muted black and gray. Neon lights flicker in various corners of the restaurant and the servers seem to already be experts in quick and efficient service. Let’s just say this isn’t the type of place where you can expect to have a 15 minute long chat with the server about life. Come here with friends or come here with a date, but family may not be the best option for the traditional meal. This kind of spot is bringing the Minneapolis food game to St. Paul with a twist and the locals who are tired of the Highland Grill and French Meadow are all over it.