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Dec 4, 2009 03:42 PM

Crab ( and Lobster and more CRAB!)

Where would you go to eat it. High brow or low brow as long as it is fresh and GOOD!!

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  1. Quality Seafood
    130 S International Boardwalk
    Redondo Beach, CA 90277
    (310) 372-6408

    Outstanding live seafood prepared to order while you wait. Make your selections from the live tanks filled with over 50 types of lobsters, crab, oysters, clams, mussels, sea urchin, other mollusks, fish and shrimp. Not cheap but well worth it for great, fresh (mostly live) seafood in a casual, open air setting. Good cold beer on tap selection as well. Prepare to make a mess on the newspaper-covered stone tables as you bang away dismembering your giant steamed crab and lobster with one of the provided little wooden mallets. Afterwards, enjoy a speed boat ride or just get some ice cream and walk around the boardwalk.

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    1. re: degustateur

      Quality Seafood isn't even the best joint on that pier! Pacific Fish Center, also on Redondo Pier, does everything that Quality does, AND has the best sashimi platter in the beach cities.

      1. re: J.L.

        I used to like Pacific, but then they discontinued the raw jellyfish salad. Their soup is great. Agree that their sashimi platter is excellent, they often have live farm-raised abalone and frequently live spot prawns, which QS doesn't have, but then again Pacific has no uni, oysters, crawfish or blue crabs. QS still gets my vote.

    2. Newport Seafood Group - outstanding crab and lobster preparations!

      Newport Tan Cang
      518 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

      1. A lobster lover am I. Hop Li on Pico in West LA made us a fantastic 3lb fresh, live lobster - cut into pieces and flash cooked in a wok with a green union garlic sause that was out of this world. Still think of it. Of course it is hard to beat fresh steamed lobster dipped in butter. But Hop Li does it many ways. I might go with the crab on the next visit. If Asian is not your thing, then The Palm in West Hollywood night be a place to go if you like really jumbos 5-6 lbs along with a good steak, martini etc. - along with some good people watching. Also, keep in mind that the Pacific lobster is now in season. If you like to do it yourself, you can get super fresh seafood of all kinds at the downtown wholesale fish outlets.

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        1. re: Baron

          I find it really hard to believe that anything good comes out of Hop Li. Seafood is the last thing I would ever order - assuming i had a gun to my head and HAD to order something. One of the worse places I have ever eaten.

          Glad to hear it has a fan.

          1. re: yummyinmytummy

            I've only had Hop li's lobster - it's there specialty and it was as good or better than anything I've had in the SG Valley. But from the sounds of your post, you must have had a really, really bad experience and, I take it, you didn't have the lobster or crab. Maybe we were just lucky. I know lobster. we were shown the flapping beauty and the preparation was memorable.

            1. re: Baron


              I did not, but i am happy to hear that you had a nice meal there.

              Happy Holidays

        2. try steaming your own...saw large dungenous crabs on sale 2.99/lb in asian markets in OC and SGV. we steamed a couple with very little water, some ginger...can't beat it!

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          1. re: hppzz


            Is that for LIVE dungenous? 2.99lb would be a great price.

            1. re: Baron

              yes, live. in OC that was at ABC supermarket, the others in the area was slightly more at 3.30, which is still a great price.