67. Cajun Seafood Pasta at the Big Catch

Imagine this but with noodles
Imagine this but with noodles
Photo by Dustin Ames

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When you go to a (sort of) Asian Cajun place like the Big Catch in Long Beach, you're supposed to get the shrimp in the plastic bag/metal bowl, because why else would you be there? But at the Big Catch, I almost never get the boiled shellfish because there's so much more good stuff on the menu, my favorite being the Cajun Seafood Pasta.

For one of the cheaper items on the menu, it leaves you the most pleasantly full. You get a heaping helping of what I'm pretty sure are spaghetti noodles tossed with an extreme amount of the restaurant's cajun sauce, sausage, shrimp, calamari, cheese, and the occasional other bits of seafood. The dish warms your belly with its mellow spice and intense (really intense) garlicky-ness.

Get a side of some more seafood and you'll easily have enough to take home for lunch tomorrow, when you can make your co-workers jealous of all the garlic. Just watch out when you're eating, 'cause the cajun sauce can get everywhere.

The List: 69. Scoops x Contra Ice Cream Float at Scoops Ice Cream Santa Ana 70. Buttermilk Panna Cotta at Lola Gaspar 71. Hummus at Mick's Karma Bar 72. Savory Baked Goat Cheese Bread Pudding at Eat Chow 73. Sicilian Style Pepperoni Pizza at Perry's Pizza & Italian Restaurant 74. Kabocha Honey Nuts at Kabuki 75. Smashed Potatoes at Standing O 76. Dim Sum at Seafood Cove #2 77. Loco Moco at Bread Crumb Ohana Cafe 78. Bratwurst at Barley Forge 79. Beef Noodle Soup at (Wafting Fragrance) Noodle House 80. Taco de Nopal at Urban Cactus 81. Fried Chicken at Crazy Chi-Mac 82. Mole Tots at Amor y Tacos 83. Khao Soi at S.T. Noodle Bar 84. Chili Cone Queso at Cozy Cone Motel 85. Crispy Smelt at Big Catch Seafood 86. Teriyaki Chicken Plate at California Plate 87. Combo Plate at MasalaCraft 88. Cornbread Waffle & Chicken at Mrs. Bea's 89. Everything at Crispy Town 90. Kurobuta Pork Belly Bánh Mì at Mendocino Farms 91. Tostilocos at Tortas y Biónicos "Nice" 92. Milanesa at Delicias Peruanas 93. Super Nachos at Kelly's Korner Tavern 94. Tortas at Sliced and Diced Eatery 95. Seasonal Dumplings at Coconut Rabbit 96. Burrito de Birria de Res from Burritos La Palma 97. Bò Kho at Song Long Restaurant 98. Pancake Sandwich at Willowick Golf Course 99. Tahdig at Tanor Fresh Mediterranean Grill 100. Quatro Formaggi Panini at Old Vine Cafe

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