Cajun Food Back in Downtown Everett

Crab and Shrimp

The most popular dish is crab and shrimp gumbo.

Downtown Everett’s revolving restaurant scene continues as Craving Cajun Grill opens in the space formerly occupied by “Stuff What I Like” at 2915 Colby Avenue. The grand opening is set for Saturday as tonight the restaurant holds its soft opening. The restaurant is owned by husband and wife team Cynthia and Calvin Bowens. They’re both retired from the Navy after more than two decades and have strong ties to Everett and the surrounding area.

For the last several years they’ve operated as “The Whim of the Chefs” and worked the fair and festival circuit throughout Puget Sound. You may have seen them in Everett at Sorticulture or Fresh Paint on the Everett Waterfront. So why open a restaurant in downtown Everett? “It’s become time to move into a restaurant now that people know about us,” said Cynthia. “When we were out on the circuit people told us they missed Alligator Soul and wanted Cajun cooking in Everett.” Bowens told me that their most popular dish is the Dungeness Crab and Shrimp gumbo and the second favorite item was their ultimate Philly Cheese Steak. She also said that while most people expect Cajun to be hot and spicy she makes most of her dishes mild so everyone can enjoy them and she’s happy to “kick it up” on request.

The restaurant will be open at 11 o’clock every day for lunch with various closing times throughout the week depending on the couple’s schedules. In addition to having 3 boys and 9 grandchildren, Cynthia and Calvin are full-time students, each pursuing college degrees. Their sons will also be helping in the restaurant. You can find out more by checking out the Craving Cajun Facebook page or the Whim of the Chef’s website.

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