If you’re craving fish, oysters or crab when near Fayetteville’s Dickson Street, be sure to stop by Kraken Killer Seafood. The relatively new eatery prides itself as a non-traditional, fashion forward seafood bar, and offers daily specials and fresh, affordable eats. Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch hour pop-in or wanting to watch a college football game with the guys, Kraken is definitely your go-to spot.
Owner Cory Tran finally opened the restaurant this past February after first dreaming about it in high school. Tran says,“My final goal was always to have a restaurant located on Dickson Street, mainly because my thing is to bring trends to areas that seem to be exposed to them last.”
While new to Dickson, Tran has experience with the restaurant life. He opened and sold another local eatery – cajun-themed Juicy Trails – before opening Kraken. During that time, he was able to focus heavily on seafood and cajun style foods, which influenced the menu concept for Kraken.
Looking through the menu, you can expect to find a variety of seafood, including Alaskan crab, shrimp, oysters, and crawfish. Unlike most traditional seafood restaurants, however, Kraken serves dishes and broils in a unique back-yard-style manner.
Translation – the messier you are the better you’re doing.
Tran describes the restaurant’s environment in three words as, “artsy, cool, and laid back. ” He says, “I wanted to attract the working class and the student population by providing lower priced seafood in a comfortable setting.”
To order the perfect seafood broil, you simply go through three steps. Choose your meat. Choose your seasoning. Choose your degree of hottness. You get a flavor combination that won’t displease – like the garlic shrimp broil served medium hot. Corn, potatoes, and sausage can also be added to any broil for just a small up-charge of 76 cents.
If you’re hungry but not quite ravenous, check out a few of their must-have appetizers – we suggest the Krak Fries. Loaded with feta and cheddar cheese, tender pork slivers, red onion, and cilantro – they’re a crowd favorite You can’t miss their kick – a fabulous orange semi-sweet and spicy cream drizzle.
As for those who are wanting a drink after a long day, Kraken also offers a daily drink special, $2 domestic draft beers on Tuesdays, and $1 off all wines on “Wine Wednesday.”
Check it out for yourself – there’s definitely a little something for everyone. Foodies, if you are ever in the area, we honestly advice you to take a ‘Krack at it’.