I don't know how up to date this is, don't know just what they carry, but have been told in the past that on certain days they get shipments of crabs...blue?
New Orleans Fish Market
2212 W Vernon Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90008
This is what gumbopages.com says...I have yet to call or make the trek..so please, anybody thinking of going out of their way to go should call first.
The New Orleans Fish Market, 2212 W. Vernon, corner of Arlington, Los Angeles, CA. (323) 298-9738.
Fresh seafood from Louisiana, including crawfish (in season) and blue crabs; hot sausage, smoked sausage, tasso, pickle meat, plus prepared bisques and etouffees to go. Also po-boy bread, Camellia red beans, cane syrup ... just about everything you need!
Another vote for Quality Seafood. QS's price for their live and kicking blue crab is higher than 99 Ranch but at least at the market at Victory/Sepulveda the crabs are pretty much moribund. Ever since the Maryland Crab
House closed in Santa Monica and Encino its's been difficult to get a good mess of good steamed blue crabs in a sit-down restaurant in LA.
I second Quality Seafood at the Redondo Pier. As a former faux Baltimoron married to a tried-and-true Baltimoron, we've had much luck there. Last time, we literally stumbled upon them, they were alive and kickin, and some were quite big. We bought a few dozen, brought 'em home to the 'Dena, got some beer and water a berlin', put in a layer of kicky crabs, shaked em down with Old Bay; nother layer, more old Bay; nother layer, more Old Bay. Bright red, covered in caked-on spices, we turned em out onto some paper, cracked open a coupla beers, and pure heaven.
As close to bein downair on da ocean as we could get.
Are you looking specificaly for crab cakes made out of blue crab (which is what they use in Maryland?) At Hal's on Abbott Kinney, they have a nice crab cake appetizer, but it may be made with Dungeness crab (which is more common in California.) True Marylanders swear by blue crab, but I like them both.