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Oct 15, 2007 04:56 PM

Alaskan King Crab Legs, please

I had some amazing Alaskan King Crab Legs at Kokomo's in Las Vegas over the weekend and now I am craving them something fierce! Can anyone recommend a place to get good, simple crab legs with drawn butter in LA? I'm looking for a restaurant, not to buy them and make them myself. Thanks!

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  1. Ocean Ave Seafood in Santa Monica

    Ordered this once and it was just pure and fresh king crab at its finest - three (i think) pre-cracked king crab legs served with butter.

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    1. re: TracyS

      The last time we were there it was 1.5 lbs for $50

      1. re: TracyS

        That's exactly what I'm looking for, thanks!

      2. The Hungry Cat serves some good crab legs. The mustard butter they use is less "simple" than drawn butter, but it is very good.

        see this thread:

        wherein I mentioned:

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

        where I've had excellent, simply prepared king crab legs. It's been over two years since I ate there, though, (bit of a long drive) and I've seen a couple of claims that it's not what it used to be.

        The Hungry Cat
        1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

        Captain Jack's Seafood & Prime Rib
        16812 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

        1. Not really a crab eater myself; however, here are 2 crab specials I've recently run across:

          Alaskan King Crab Legs, soup or salad, Baked Potato, & drawn butter - Sundays - $19.95
          Hoboken Restaurant - 2323 Westwood Blvd., Westwood (310) 474-1109

          A small sister restaurant to Matteo's, right next door, under new ownership/management & chef. Thank goodness as the pre-sold resto's food quality had faded to pretty bad.

          King Crab Special - Tuesdays - $14.95
          Springbok - 423-A Shoreline Village, Long Beach, (562) 437-3734

          1. Thanks for these suggestions. I think I will check out The Hungry Cat because I've heard about it from many other people too. Have you been to The Lobster? Do you reccommend it? Happy eating, all!

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            1. re: fiercekitten

              The best Russian(Kamchatka) King RED Crab "MERIUS" that $$$ can buy have been available at PASTINA TRATTORIA for the last few weeks. They are special order and PERFECT Pieces. Only the FAT part of the Leg from Joint to Joint is used and they are super expensive, normally only available to High Rollers in LV. I think you get 3 perfect pieces approx a lb + for $60- but worth it. Like I said these are the true King of Crab. The actual size of the Live King Crab these legs come from is around 12 lbs much larger than anything from Alaska.
              You have to call and speak to the Owner (Franco) to find out if they have them, otherwise anywhere else will do for the 6-9's or 12 up's which are smaller but giant to most people.

              1. re: russkar

                OHHHHHHH, does this sound mouth watering fabulous! Russkar, forgive me, I have looked a bit, but do you have a website? I don't think this restaurant is on menu pages. I most definitely want there, I don't live far, but would love to see a menu for my non crab loving friends!

                  1. re: Jesdamala

                    Don't forget to call ahead and talk to FRANCO and make sure the KING CRAB I described is available? Otherwise you'll only be having Italian Food , Fish or Steaks at a reasonable price.

                    1. re: Jesdamala

                      No website, sorry. Just like to dine all over the Planet.

                    2. re: russkar

                      Oh wow. That sounds amazing. Thanks so much!

                  2. we used to love captain jack's, but last time there crab was like rubber..staff and manager couldn't have cared less...
                    will not be back.


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                    1. re: limaboy

                      Last time I went to Capt Jacks was 10 yrs ago and the KC was soggy.

                      1. re: limaboy

                        I went to Captain Jacks last year for the first time. Crab legs were way too expensive for quality on par with what I could make myself for a lot less from Costco.

                        Nice lounge for hanging out after a day of boating. Decent bar drinks with a cool aquarium. I can see the appeal of the old school American seafood house decor (schlocky nautical claptrap) but the expensive food ain't worth it IMO.

                        Myself - prefer the live king crab from a Chinese seafood house. Pricy, but much more justifiable.

                        1. re: limaboy

                          I happened to have the king crab legs last night at Captain Jacks, and i thought they were great. I had 4 pretty good sized legs, cooked just right. This was also my first time there. My girlfriend ordered the ahi, and that was a mistake, as it was way over cooked. But our waitress was more than happy to switch it for the halibut (which was better than the ahi, but still a little overcooked). The service was great, but I don't think I'll be going back there anytime soon. Maybe I need to follow Professor Salt's advice and take a trip to Costco.

                          1. re: I got nothin

                            The Professor is right about Costco's King Crab being a deal. But UNFORTUNATELY they don't have the large size KC Legs at present so you have to work hard to get a little meat. If you want the big ones you'll have to wait till later in the year.