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Apr 13, 2010 09:41 AM

Is Elite in Monterey Park the best spot for Spicey Crab

My first experience with chili crab was on the harbor in Singapore. I've tried to find similar in L.A. Most recently I have been disappointed with the overpriced crab at Crustacean. I am on a quest to find delicious spicey crab. It can be garlic crab, salt & pepper crab - U name it but it should be delicious, spicey and finger-licking good. I've been to Newport Tang Cam in both San Gabe and Westminister and loved it. But someone mentioned Elite was better. But I notice they've changed ownership and wonder if it's worth the trip. Any other ideas out there?

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  1. For what it's worth, last night I tried the new branch of Capital Seafood in Arcadia and the spicy (aka 'House Special') scallops were delicious. Great balance of salt, black pepper, green onion, garlic, etc. and the scallops were perfectly cooked.

    There's also House Special lobster, crab, shrimp, fish, maybe squid. The table next to ours had the House Special lobster, which was about 3x the price of the scallops and evidently about 3x as much manual labor. Didn't really seem worth it to me, but YMMV (and perhaps the crab's less work?)

    Also, the service was outstanding, the best I've had in a big seafood house. Only letdowns were over-salting of the green beans and teapots that seemed diabolically engineered to leak everywhere when you tried to pour...

    Can't say I'm surprised with your experience at Crustacean - that place and "disappointed" always find their way into the same sentence (especially if you're the one paying).

    1. First of all, never ever (and I mean NEVER EVER) go to Crustacean for anything but the koi pond and drinks. Everything else there id despicable.

      As to a good rendition of spicey garlic crab, try Seafood Village in Temple City. Very similar to Newport.


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      1. re: ipsedixit

        ipse, I'm curious as to why you didn't include the Seafood Village in Monterey Park. I've had theirs a couple of times- excellent, w/ crab meat cooked perfectly.

        Seafood Village
        684 W Garvey Ave
        Monterey Park,

        1. re: ilikefood

          No reason.

          I just tend to go to the Temple City location b/c (i) its closer to me and (ii) the parking situation is better than the MP location.

          It's sort of the same reason I didn't mention the Rowland Heights location ...