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Jul 29, 2008 09:33 PM

Alaskan King Crab

Anyone know where to King Crab legs? I love the Crab Cooker in Newport Beach, but don't love the drive.

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  1. I would love to know the same thing. I lived in Seattle in the early 80s for several years, and now I think I should have been eating them every day :-)

    Also, I think this is pretty closely related, does anyone know why they don't sell frozen anymore, only frozen-then-thawed, someone at Costco told me they thought it was because of a CA law? I can't buy the qty at Costco for myself it's too much too fast but I used to buy it frozen there.

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    1. re: MaryT

      When Costco has their Seacood Show I notice the king crab legs are frozen. Probably ones in the case have thawed out . I'm sure if you want frozen they'll get them right out of the freezer for you. Few months ago they were down as low as $9.99/pound, now I see they're $14.99/pound.

      1. re: monku

        As a lover of crab I've done some digging. Apparently the "fresh" king crab season is short to non-existent, so you're pretty much stuck with frozen/defrosted. The good news is the Pavillions ones can be quite tasty. I've never heard of a California law, I think it's more of an availability question.

        1. re: PinotPlease

          Unless you are "on the crab boat" and cooking the crab after you bring it on board or getting one out of the live tank at the end of the "Spit" in Homer all King Crab bought down here in the lower 48 is previously frozen.

        2. re: monku

          I used to be able to do that, but the last couple times I asked, and I am a huge Costco fan, they told me they are not to sell them frozen anymore.

          That was why I was wondering about that, I don't seem to see them frozen anymore anywhere. But I see lots of other seafood frozen.

        3. re: MaryT

          I've bought frozen at Albertsons, but you have to ask for them

        4. Have never been, but still dream about the mythical AYCE King Crab Legs.

          1. Similar in style to the Crab Cooker in Newport Beach is Clancy's Crab Shack in Glendale. It's pretty decent.


            You also can get them at Fish King, the fish market in Glendale.

            Fish King Seafood & Poultry Co
            722 N Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91206

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            1. re: DanaB

              I was at Clancey's years ago and it was a little scary. It had that weird Lysol Cleaner smell. The Rusty Pelican off the 134 fwy use to have a great special, but that place is long gone.

              1. re: bosanova99

                Yeah, I agree, Clancy's is a little scary -- it's very old school, sort of like a Damon's or a Billingsley's, and certainly not gourmet/upscale. The crowd, especially, can be a little odd. However, it's the closest thing to the Crab Cooker this side of the South Bay/O.C., and they do have decent crab, King and otherwise, which is why I recommended it.

                1. re: DanaB

                  that's off i have never found Clancy's to be scary. But I just started going there inteh past year maybe they improved. And the crab legs are a deal

            2. I like Neptune's Net in Malibu (near the county line of Ventura county). It's also a bit of a drive, but really good---and very down-to-earth (picnic tables). It's definitely about the food. But you can't beat eating awesome (and relatively cheap) crab legs while watching the surfers at County Line beach across the street.

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              1. re: Emily227


                there's also ocean ave seafood in santa monica.

                1. re: Emily227

                  Second Neptune's Net. My friend and I go every Sunday in the summer for king crab legs, corn on the cob and a beer. I love Los Angeles.


                  Quality Seafood
                  130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA