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Best crab legs in Los angeles- do they exist?

sallybean Mar 28, 2007 05:54 PM


  1. truefoodie Apr 6, 2007 06:44 PM

    Don't laugh but The Outback actually has great crab legs. I am not big on chain restaurants but I get the crablegs every time we end up there and even for curbside pickup a few times -- consistenly good.
    Costco crab legs also excllent - but when I am feeling lazy - theones from Outback are already warmed and cracked. Try 'em... you'll be surprised.

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      Faulkner99 Apr 6, 2007 05:46 PM

      Best king crab that I've had was at CBS Seafood in Chinatown.
      I'm tempted to pick up and try the Costco ones now that everyone is raving. What's the best way to prepare them?

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      1. re: Faulkner99
        monku Apr 6, 2007 10:44 PM

        They're already cooked. Sometimes they're thawed out if they're in the refrigerated case with the fresh fish and I'll eat them right out of the package(I'm not a melted butter fan). Otherwise if they have what's called their "Seafood Show", then they're frozen. You can thaw them in your refrigerator and then if you like them hot you can "flash" heat them in your microwave serve with melted butter or however you like. You really can't beat them unless its live.

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          justanotherpenguin Apr 7, 2007 07:25 AM

          very simple. first make sure that they have completely thawed out. some people eat them just like that. we prefer to pre-heat oven to 350 and warm for five minutes. serve with melted butter. delicious.

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          smith11 Apr 4, 2007 01:44 AM

          The Palm just added King Crab Legs to their regular menu. They were delicious (better than their mediocre and inconsistent steaks). Their lobsters are two big for me as I prefer 1-1.5 pounders; I find them sweeter. The Palm is one place I return to depsite the food being only "ok;" I like the atmosphere. In short though the King Crab Legs are the new star of the menu...

          1. HPLsauce Apr 3, 2007 04:04 PM

            Captain Jack's Seafood & Prime Rib
            16812 Pacific Coast Hwy
            Sunset Beach, CA 90742
            (562) 592-2514

            Had a great meal here a couple of years back. Friends said that the Reagans used to be regulars.

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            1. re: HPLsauce
              rantsnravesnreviews Apr 6, 2007 10:45 AM

              I used to go here years ago for the crab legs. YUM! I was going to mention it but I wasn't sure if it was still good.

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                wenster Apr 6, 2007 04:55 PM

                I second Captain Jack's, I've had a great experience with their seafood and crab legs.

              2. notmartha Apr 3, 2007 01:13 PM

                They have king crab kings by the pound at Crabulous at Rosemead. I am not a fan of King Crab legs but they are better than most, especially if you opt for the cajun seasoning.

                Personally I rather have dungeness crab.

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                1. re: notmartha
                  calabasas_trafalgar Apr 7, 2007 07:05 AM

                  where is this place?

                  1. re: calabasas_trafalgar
                    notmartha Apr 7, 2007 09:36 PM

                    8966 E. Garvey Unit C

                    Rosemead exit off 60 freeway is the closest route.

                    Here's a thread on the place:

                    Actually I bet most cantonese seafood restaurants have LIVE Alaskan king crab right now. Just had dimsum at Happy Harbour (Rowland Heights) today and noticed a few King Crabs in the tank. I think they are having a special for $7-8 a pound (those crabs are huge too).

                2. OCAnn Apr 3, 2007 12:13 PM

                  Quality Seafoods at the Redondo Beach pier has fresh crabs steamed to order, though I'm not sure if you can get just the legs.

                  I usu order a whole crab; eat the legs, open up the body/shell & sop up the juice w/buttered sourdough and wash it down w/beer. You really can't get any fresher than that.

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                    markethej Apr 3, 2007 11:44 AM

                    Had Sunday lunch at Newport Seafood in San Gabriel and they had live king crab in the tanks; dont know what the price per pound is.

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                      New Trial Apr 1, 2007 02:09 AM

                      From time-to-time (as recently as March 31, 2007), they appear on the menu at Orris on Sawtelle, and are delicious. King Crab leg, simply marinated in olive oil and garlic, then grilled and served with lemon, Okinawa sea salt and a small side of chunks of cucumber.

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                        Obessed Mar 30, 2007 05:53 PM

                        The Kitchen in Alhambra was reviewed last week in the LA Times Food section -- and Irene mentioned the King Crab Legs were amazing; served 2 different ways. I haven't tried yet, but this place is definitely on my list!!

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                          hughman Mar 30, 2007 05:38 PM

                          on mondays the belmont on la cinega hs 3 lbs. of crablegs for $25. good deal. good cocktails too.

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                            sallybean Mar 30, 2007 11:10 AM

                            Ok forget costco-- I would love to know Restaurant King crab legs. That I don't have to make- that takes away half the fun!!!
                            ALSO NOT a buffet..... my search contines!

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                            1. re: sallybean
                              FoodaholicinLA Mar 30, 2007 03:22 PM

                              O.K. Sallybean, try Enterprise Fish Co

                              174 Kinney St
                              Santa Monica, CA 90405
                              (310) 392-8366

                              I went there for my b-day a while back based on a review by Elmer Dills from ABC news. I had the all you can eat alaskan king crab dinner (tuesday night special) and the lobster taquitos appetizer. Our waiter told me that because of Elmer's review the resturant was always packed and that they planned on changing the special to a regular dinner instead of all you can eat. The service was great so I suggest giving them a try!

                              1. re: sallybean
                                jkao1817 Apr 3, 2007 11:27 AM

                                Do you like sushi? Do yu have a favorite sushi bar? Most sushi bars have King crab legs. If you don't have a favorite sushi bar, try Sushi Gen or Sushi Go 55 in the Little Tokyo area. They just but them in the broiler and give you some ponzu....nice and fresh.

                                Any Chinese restaurant with "live King Carbs" are a must. We usually get the legs steamed with Garlic and the body cooked in salt and pepper. More expensive but really good.

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                                epop Mar 29, 2007 05:27 PM

                                i'm afraid i disagree with each of these posters. hungry cat is mediocre, i would never ever go to red lobster so praising costco for their supply is questionable.

                                i've yet to hear of a buffet with great crab legs. dinah's gets bad reviews, overall.

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                                  FoodaholicinLA Mar 29, 2007 05:43 PM

                                  Epop, I agree with you. I too would never go to Red Lobster which is why I prepared king crab for my mother. I think you should try Costco based off of the fact that you choose the crab yourself and prepare to your liking.

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                                    monku Mar 29, 2007 08:15 PM

                                    Don't question Costco's king crab legs unless you've tried them. They're as good as you can buy anywhere since they are big buyers and probably turnover a lot of product. The 6/9 size they carry is the largest you can buy ask your fish monger.

                                    You don't like them, Costco will refund your money.

                                    1. re: monku
                                      russkar Mar 29, 2007 09:26 PM

                                      For Frozen RED King Crab Legs Costco is Great!
                                      But for the BEST RED King Crab Legs the Crab needs to be live which is available in some of the better Asian Restaurants.
                                      China Garden (Irvine)
                                      NBC (Monterey Park)
                                      888 " "
                                      Sea Harbor

                                      1. re: russkar
                                        monku Mar 29, 2007 10:05 PM

                                        OP didn't say what kind of crab legs frozen(which you are going to get at most American restaurants) or fresh(live--at some Chinese seafood restaurants at $20/lb).

                                      2. re: monku
                                        epop Mar 30, 2007 08:59 AM

                                        costco: they're fine, as russkar says. i like well stocked crab buffets a lot though, haven't found one in LA.

                                    2. meganinlosfeliz Mar 29, 2007 10:38 AM

                                      King crab legs in mustard butter at the Hungry Cat are delicious.

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                                        vbabe Mar 29, 2007 11:39 AM

                                        Concur, the king crab leg at the Hungry Cat is yummy! Actually, eveyrthing else I've had there is good too :)

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                                          yummyewe Mar 31, 2007 06:47 PM

                                          the mustard sauce should be hot, which it is not if you order the petit or grand plateaux.... make sure you order an extra bowl of the warm mustard sauce. It is divine with their crab legs. And poo to you who say it is mediocre. I live in Hollywood and it is so nice to have somewhere decent to walk to since the Cafe Des Artistes is soooooo bad now....

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                                        bulavinaka Mar 28, 2007 09:25 PM

                                        Dinah's Chicken in Westchester/Culver City has an "all-you-can-eat" king crab legs dinner on either mondays or tuesdays... I haven't tried it but I saw two diminutive ladies destroy platter after platter last month...

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                                        1. re: bulavinaka
                                          monku Mar 29, 2007 08:08 PM

                                          Think you should have looked checked their crab legs....they're snow crab (opillio) not king crab...big difference.

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                                            bulavinaka Mar 29, 2007 09:32 PM

                                            Oops... sorry... As I mentioned - I saw, but didn't eat myself... thanks

                                        2. monku Mar 28, 2007 08:46 PM

                                          My favorite place for king crab legs is Costco. About $10.99-$11.99/lb. They carry the 6/9 size which is 6-9 legs per 10 lb. case. They're big and meaty.

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                                          1. re: monku
                                            justanotherpenguin Mar 28, 2007 09:36 PM

                                            absolutely concur with costco. also need to mention albertsons. (i go to the one in la creascenta.) much better than any restaurant that i have EVER been to. AND - they are so easy to prepare and eat!!!!!

                                            1. re: justanotherpenguin
                                              FoodaholicinLA Mar 29, 2007 05:23 PM

                                              I concur as well, I bought Alaskan King crab legs from Costo 2 weeks ago because they had a good sale. I prepared them for my mother along with shrimp pasta. From that point on my mother swears that she will never set foot in Red Lobster again! I had been telling my mother for the longest time that there is a major difference between Alaskan King and crab clusters and now she finally gets it!

                                            2. re: monku
                                              knsv Apr 5, 2007 10:16 PM

                                              The fresh seafood they have at costco jumbo shrimp, crab legs etc... is that there every weekend?

                                              1. re: knsv
                                                bulavinaka Apr 5, 2007 10:34 PM

                                                It's been there every weekend that I recall - at least in the MdR location. Sometimes they are there even more often - I think it depends on approaching holidays, etc.

                                              2. re: monku
                                                justanotherpenguin Apr 6, 2007 05:24 PM

                                                albertson's has "colosal" king crab on sale for $10/pound right now. tomorrow's dinner!

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