Elizabethtown restaurant dishing out crazy cuisine

By: Chrysta Carroll - Bladen Journal

ELIZABETHTOWN — Some people are born to be wild, so they say, but a duo of Bladen County ladies have taken crazy to a whole new level — a delicious one, at that.

Last year, sisters Adriana Esparza and Blanca Esparza, both natives of Mexico, began talking about something they each really enjoy — baking.

“I worked (for a popular Bladen County eatery) in the kitchen,” Adriana explained. “I love cooking — I love to be in the kitchen. My sister had just gotten here from Mexico, and she had all these crazy food ideas, so we decided to open a restaurant.”

Crazy Snacks, as it is called, is located on South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown, in the space formerly occupied by the iconic City Sandwich Shop. The walls are painted in floor-to-ceiling, five-foot-wide blocks of hot pink, Carolina blue, bright orange and yellow, and mint green. A coin-operated motor car sits to the right of the door, and arcade games line the wall on the left. Small tables dot the front dining room, and in the back room sit two purple child-sized picnic tables.

“My sister has three kids, and I have four, so we wanted a place kids could come and enjoy,” Adriana remarked.

If the decor is unique, the menu is even more so. It includes American staples like French fries and hot wings, but the latter, in addition to having buffalo hot and mild options, also includes sour lime, mango habanero, strawberry cajun, or tamarindo options. Fair-type offerings include fried Oreos, funnel cakes, and crepes, and the restuarant-served typical Mexican fare such as fajitas, tacos, churros, burritos, quesadillas, chili, and nachos.

“Everything is authentic Mexican, and we make it right here,” Adriana explained. “I don’t have a stack of tortillas already made; if you order tacos, I’ll make them from scratch (immediately).”

Wednesday afternoon, she made an order of Monico — an apple, strawberry, banana, pear, cantaloupe, papaya concoction with a “special sauce” colored pink.

“My sister, she makes the special sauce, and it’s really, really good, kind of sweet,” Adriana explained, then, gesturing at the bright walls, she added, laughing, “She colors it pink because she likes color.”

The entire dish is topped with raisins, sweetened granola, and coconut flakes.

The site even has something for those interested in healthy alternatives, including oatmeal with fruit, what look to be fruit slushes, a plain fruit cup, yogurt with fruit or granola, a variety of juices, and Sandia Loka, a watermelon filled with mixed fuit, rielitos, peanuts, and sauce, and chamoy.

Crazy Snacks is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing ccarroll@bladenjournal.com.

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Chrysta Carroll

Bladen Journal