A new seafood spot is looking to bring locally sourced ingredients and Louisiana culinary favorites to Paddock Mall this fall.

Claw Mamas, a seafood-inspired restaurant that will specialize in cajun cuisine made from scratch, is hoping to open their first location in the food court of Ocala’s only standalone mall.

The restaurant, which has hopes to open its doors in October, showed off their culinary skills during a recent meeting of the Ocala Chamber and Economic Partnership earlier this month.

Shrimp made by Claw Mamas at Paddock Mall
Shrimp was one of the dishes featured by Claw Mamas at the August 15 meeting of the Ocala CEP

Over the last couple of months, Claw Mamas has served samples of their food to mall-goers in anticipation of their restaurant opening in the food court this fall.

Macaroni and cheese made by Claw Mamas in Paddock Mall
Claw Mamas makes a “Million Dollar Mac N Cheese” that they claim is the best in the world
Andouille sausage made by Claw Mamas at Paddock Mall
Andouille sausage is one of the many classic Louisiana dishes the restaurant will cook up

The restaurant will focus on seafood ranging from catfish to shrimp, Louisiana classics like andouille sausage, and will put an emphasis on homemade dishes, indicating that all of the ingredients used to make dishes will be locally sourced.

Claw Mamas uses locally sourced catfish
Catfish is one of the many locally sourced ingredients used at Claw Mamas

When it opens, Claw Mamas will be the only seafood location of its kind in the Paddock Mall, but joins a slate of other seafood-based restaurants competing for diners in Ocala, including the ever-popular Harry’s Seafood.

Earlier this spring, Red Crab opened its first Ocala location in the former home of Crispers.

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