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Jul 9, 2007 08:21 AM

The Boiling Crab in Alhambra

I just received a message saying they opened YESTERDAY!!! July 8th! Please, did anyone go for the grand opening??

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  1. i dunno but i'm going today to find out

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      1. re: fishybear10

        Yippee!! Thanks for finding out for us.

    1. Please tell me more...I'm intrigued.

      Where is the Alhambra location? Do they serve beer/wine? How much is it?

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      1. re: socal

        Nuts, and I'm leaving down this week!

        Boiling Crab
        742 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

      2. alrighty!!! i went, i ate, i saw!!!!!!! i went monday, the day after they opened, and i got there around 6:30-ish with 5ppl. by 7:30pm, it was packed! there was a 30min wait!!!!!! GEEZ!!! quality is just like the garden grove location, they had already run out of potatoes!!!!!!! it was great!!!!! see you all there! i need to invest in one of those metal bars to wash away the fish smell off of my hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        1. re: caitybirdie

          Any piece of stainless steel does the trick. Smuggle a spoon or something to the rest room. Really, the most important thing with crab boils is to make sure not to where a white shirt.

          Whole Shebang, here I come!

          1. re: SauceSupreme

            i made sure to wear a grey crappy shirt. it was a great experience.......

            1. re: SauceSupreme

              que? what's this about stainless steel hand cleansing? i needs to know... this is the only thing standing between me, boiling crab, and eating el taurino tacos more often.

              1. re: rameniac

                Supposedly, if you rub your hands under running water with a soap-shaped bar of stainless steel - or sometimes, any bit of stainless steel - it eradicates the smell of garlic, onions, etc. Harold McGee has pretty much disproven the theory, though - the entire point of stainless is to be nonreactive, and the water essentially does all of the work. I'm a bigger fan of the lemon/warm-water approach, which also has no scientific basis, but at least leaves your fingers smelling nice.

                1. re: condiment

                  Or you could use a spoon from your utensils drawer. Still seems to work, to me.

          2. We checked out boiling crab Friday evening also. I must say we were very impressed! My only experience with crawfish has been with Crabulous in Rosemead never haven eaten at any of the many other places in OC.

            First thing, the wait staff was awesome. They had a sufficient number of people on the floor and everyone was very nice, friendly and helpful. The only complaint I have is that they don't offer any type of rice (except with the gumbo) or bread. The only 'carbs' they offer are potatoes or fries. That was a disappointment for my in-laws. My MIL jokingly asked if she could bring her own rice next time and the waiter replied in the affirmative. Draft beers are only $2.00 and everything was delicious!! We will be back often although I recommend going early as there was a wait by the time we left at 7:30pm

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            1. re: mikeyas

              So what did you order and what spice combination did you get? Did you try the sausages or the corn or anything?

              1. re: SauceSupreme

                We got 3lbs crawfish with 'the whole shebang-non-spicey', 3 lbs crawfish 'the whole shebang- medium', the crab was garlic butter, and the shrimp was 'the whole shebang - mild'.

                Everything was seasoned perfectly. The only basis of comparison I have is Crabulous. I can say that the non-spicey really was non-spicey. At Crabulous, my husband who can't tolerate anything even remotely spicey, still got numb lips from the non-spicey. The medium was actually more spicey than at Crabulous but not intolerable. The garlic butter on the crab was heavenly. We decided that next time we go back, we're each getting our own crab instead of sharing.

                Now that I think about it though, I don't think we actually got any corn with our crawfish. I don't know if they had run out of it or what, but I didn't notice although I should have. The sausage was there and was the same as at Crabulous, I believe. We ordered extra just because it was so good. I am going to have to go back soon and find out what happened to the corn!

                1. re: mikeyas

                  I will be there on Friday. I am glad to hear that their non-spicey is really non-spicey as my Dad can't eat anything spicey. I am laughing at their oyster warning on the website.

                  1. re: mikeyas

                    Did you have the dungeoness crab or the blue crabs? sounds so yummy...

                    1. re: vbabe

                      When I went to the Brookhurst location, they called them blue crabs, but they were definitely dungeness.

                      1. re: SauceSupreme

                        They had both blue crabs and dungeness crabs on their menu but not being too familar with blue crabs, my party opted for the dungeness.

                        1. re: mikeyas

                          blue crabs hardly have any meat and in my opinion not worth the time to get what little meat the blue crab had to offer. Always get the dungeness crab where it's more meatier.

                          1. re: fishybear10

                            I remember havng blue crabs in Maryland, and the meat was a lot sweeter and more delicate than dungeness. But I can understand that it's more of a pain to eat :)

              2. I was there last week, they were out of the blue crabs, dungenous crabs, and potatoes! yikes. We got the king crab legs, shrimp, and crawfish, all with the whole sh'bang. Also got corn, plus a slice of sausage fell into one of our bags, which was a nice accident because it was delicious, next time I'll get some of that sausage too.
                We also got some fries--wow! those were some of the best fries I've ever had. Those fries were actually more memorable to me than the seafood, although everything was excellent. Plus the staff was very friendly. Can't wait to go back.