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Crab legs in Mpls

omrtp Aug 4, 2008 06:54 AM

Where's a good place to get King crab legs in Mpls? PLEASE don't say Stella's...

  1. d
    discus Aug 18, 2008 10:52 AM

    Go to Mandarin Kitchen. They have LIVE Alaskan King Crabs in the tank. Last time I went, it cost ~$25/lb. The crabs run 8 - 10 lb, so bring 8 - 10 friends. Mandarin Kitchen will prepare it anyway you like. It's actually not an expensive meal if you have enough friends.

    How does it taste? What do you think?

    1. d
      dombey Aug 9, 2008 04:13 PM

      I second Oceanaire. If you're into simple preparations and outstanding ingredients, you can't beat it. I also 2nd Coastal seafoods if you're gonna DIY, but for some reason if I'm eating king crab legs, I want someone else making them for me...

      1. m
        minnesotajane Aug 5, 2008 01:14 PM

        Agree- having them at home is so easy. Love it.

        But if you are looking for a restaurant experience- I LOVE the crab legs at Manny's. They shell them for you also so no mess, just yummy crab goodness!

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        1. re: minnesotajane
          ssioff Aug 5, 2008 05:13 PM

          MNjane - nice to know they shell them, but that's half the fun - is it not? I love Manny's. Steak, the oniony, cheesy, crispy hashbrowns, atmosphere, and Paul, the waiter. Fabulous! I've never eaten seafood there as seafood seems to go across the hall to Oceanaire, but a first might be in order. A new thread perhaps, but what will Oceaniare do across the hall without Manny's there?

          1. re: ssioff
            minnesotajane Aug 5, 2008 05:29 PM

            I love Manny's too. I agree- I don't mind shelling them either but it feels like a treat to have someone else prep my food for me since I'm usually cutting/cubing/dicing for my 2 year old!

            I'll be eager to see their new digs. My hubby gets a steak & I usually go for the crab legs so we can have our own surf & turf. Last time, I got their lamb chops though and those were very tasty as well-- especially with those delicious sides!

            We haven't had great experiences the last couple of times we've been to Oceanaire. Not sure we'll be going back any time soon- which is a shame b/c there aren't any other decent seafood places in the Twin Cities.

            1. re: minnesotajane
              ssioff Aug 5, 2008 06:33 PM

              I agree. It is a nice touch and part of why you pay what you do.

              I like the sharing thing. I too am eager to see the new digs. I hope they are a bit more comfortable.

              I have NEVER had a good experience at Oceanaire. I have better experiences preparing my own seafood at home here. It's, well, just fresher. See the link for a company that visits near you and not always convenient, driving up from south TX with shrimp, crab, and seasonally, whole red fish, oyster's, crawfish, red snapper, flounder, and crayfish (cleaned and packed). On ice, as "fresh" as you are going to get it in these parts.


              Another thread perhaps...

              1. re: ssioff
                minnesotajane Aug 5, 2008 07:50 PM

                Thanks so much! I grew up in TX and I have great memories of driving down to Galveston and going "crabbing." And I am desperate for somewhere in MSP that sells fresh crawfish. I would love to have a big ole crawfish boil!

                1. re: minnesotajane
                  ssioff Aug 6, 2008 06:28 AM

                  MNjane - the crawfish are already cooked, shelled and packed. Sorry, no fresh.

                  1. re: ssioff
                    dave43 Aug 6, 2008 04:12 PM

                    Aren't the crab legs at Costco already cooked?

                    1. re: dave43
                      chrisinroch Aug 6, 2008 05:13 PM

                      So are the crab legs at Mannys. Almost all is cooked and flash frozen.

                  2. re: minnesotajane
                    ssioff Aug 11, 2008 03:12 PM

                    minnesotajane - just saw this little mudbug/crawdad tidbit in a local mag.
                    "you can cure your mudbug cravings at Floyd's in Victoria where they hold a crawdad boil every Wednesday in the summer."

                    1. re: ssioff
                      minnesotajane Aug 13, 2008 12:42 PM

                      Ooh- thanks everyone! Sitter is booked and we're off to Victoria!

                    2. re: minnesotajane
                      The Dairy Queen Aug 15, 2008 04:27 AM

                      They apparently have crawfish in the jambalaya at the new Bourbon Street Steakhouse in St. Paul. http://www.bourbonstreetsteakhouse.co... I suppose you could call over there and ask if they ever offer a crawfish boil as a menu special. Also, they seem to offer a chef's table with notice. Perhaps they'd do a crawfish boil for you then? I haven't tried this place myself, so I can't personally recommend it, but if you end up trying it, please do let us know how it works out for you. Good luck!


                      1. re: minnesotajane
                        The Dairy Queen Aug 19, 2008 02:24 PM

                        Apparently, according to "Dear Dara", Lenny Russo at Heartland is having a crayfish extravaganze these days http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media...


                        1. re: minnesotajane
                          omrtp Aug 26, 2008 08:52 AM

                          You can get fresh crawfish from a farm in Wisconsin called the Bullfrog Fish Farm. They are located in Menomonie and I'm pretty sure they ship to Mpls.

                2. c
                  chrisinroch Aug 4, 2008 02:53 PM

                  Cheese is so right. Sams club also has em and they are soooo easy and delicious. You can eat $40 at home and be stuffed.

                  1. jsyx Aug 4, 2008 02:08 PM

                    If your looking to make them at home, i think Coastal Seafoods is the best bet... they offer 20% off on wednesdays... and yes, the microwave has been the easiest/best way for me too. I couldn't believe it when my friend showed me that, (after we had eaten them of course!)

                    If you're looking for a night out, i actually recommend the Cherokee Sirloin Room in west St. Paul.. It's kind of a 'family/neighborhood' supper club/bar. They do an 'all-you-can-eat' snow crab night on wednesdays for $25.. I comes with these amazing little potato gratin things... awesome. I recommend sitting in the bar area for better people watching... Try to get a table with the funny old baseball photos...

                    1. cheeseguysgirl Aug 4, 2008 01:29 PM

                      Costco. I cannot bring myself to pay for them in a restaurant after seeing Good Eats, and how easy it was for AB to microwave them. They're like 10$ or thereabouts per pound, and CG and I just gorge ourselves. Really delicious.

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                      1. re: cheeseguysgirl
                        keg Aug 5, 2008 08:26 PM

                        I don't watch the tele and I'm uncertain of your abbreviation. Is AB Bourdain? CG? Cheese Guy. Does Bourdain actually advocate a microwave? What's happening on television to food, and BTW to the language (that means by the way)?

                        1. re: keg
                          cheeseguysgirl Aug 6, 2008 07:41 AM

                          Nope, sorry, keg, AB is Alton Brown, host of Good Eats. CG is Cheese Guy, how I refer to my hubby (many refer to theirs as DH or chowspouse, but since my handle is cheeseguysgirl, I figured CG or cheeseguy would be an easy guess). Here's a link to the king crab recipe online at the Food Network website. Sam's; Costco; Coastal, take your pick. They're all fresh-frozen on the boat, go for what's the least expensive.


                          1. re: cheeseguysgirl
                            Ummm Aug 6, 2008 06:35 PM

                            do you mind sharing how to cook it in the microwave please?

                      2. b
                        BigE Aug 4, 2008 08:38 AM

                        Andrew Zimmern mentioned in his blog last week that Oceanaire is currently serving King Crab Legs caught on the Time Bandit (of 'Deadliest Catch' fame.)

                        I would think that should be about the best in town right now.

                        1. b
                          BatMan Aug 4, 2008 07:26 AM

                          Oceanaire. They're not always on the menu, but you can usually order them anyway. Every time time I've ordered king crab (always off-menu), I've received one HUGE leg that was almost too much to eat in one sitting.

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