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Best crab legs in Los angeles- do they exist?


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  1. 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

      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

        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

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

        1. re: knsv

          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

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

        3. 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

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

            1. re: monku

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

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

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            1. re: meganinlosfeliz

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

              1. re: vbabe

                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....

            2. 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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              1. re: epop

                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.

                1. re: epop

                  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

                    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

                      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

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

                  2. 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

                      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

                        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.

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

                        1. 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!!

                          1. 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.

                            1. 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.

                              1. 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.

                                1. 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: calabasas_trafalgar

                                      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).

                                  1. 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

                                      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.

                                      1. re: HPLsauce

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

                                      2. 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. 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

                                            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.

                                            1. re: Faulkner99

                                              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.

                                            2. 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.