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The Boiling Crab

Map & Directions 742 W. Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, CA 91803
  • Asian, Cajun, Chinese
  • Sun, Sat 12pm-10pm, Mon-Fri 3pm-10pm
  • MasterCard, Visa
  • Family Style, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Not Accepted
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking


LA Weekly's Description

The Los Angeles restaurant world has long been a place of improbable carom shots, but even here the Boiling Crab, a Cajun seafood restaurant opened by a Vietnamese family from southeast Texas and serving a young Chinese clientele, is unprecedented in the complexity of its resonances: Southeast Asian seafood culture colliding head-on with Franco-Acadian cuisine, Tabasco running into the bird pepper, spicy Vietnamese-Chinese crabstyles bleeding into the swamp cooking of the American South. At Boiling Crab, you choose seafood, boiled with a choice of three flavors - supersaturated garlic butter, lemon pepper, or a fiery Cajunesque seasoning that will stain your fingers and seep out of your pores - or, more likely, what the restaurant calls the Whole Sha-Bang, a mixture of all three. (It is good to remember that what the restaurant calls spicy is extremely spicy, of an intensity that more or less blots out the flavor of the seafood. Medium-spicy is fine.) It may take four or five attempts to get a glass of ice water, but a second beer appears on the table almost before you have a chance to open your mouth. Recommended dishes: shrimp, crab, crawfish. Severely limited lot parking.

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  • Gary K. on 12/06/09

    The whole Shebang is the only way to go, shrimp, crawfish, crab or whatever. Get to have the fried catfish too.

  • Jamie on 06/24/10

    The long lines are worth the wait. Crab, lobster, crawfish, or shrimp & your choice of special sauce: Garlic Butter, Lemon Pepper, Rajun Cajun, or my favorite the Whole She-Bang (combo of all 3).

  • Amity C. on 09/15/11

    1 pound of lemon pepper & catfish basket both mild

  • FoodSherpas.com on 09/04/11

    The Boiling Crab helps redefine the term "feed bag". Head on over to one of their 5 LA area locations, grab an lb of crab legs and enjoy.

  • Elenis W. on 10/30/11

    If there's a long wait, sit at the bar and order some beer and appetizers, and watch sports while you wait!

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