Somewhere like Crustacean
I'm taking my friend out for her b-day and I know that she'd really like the idea of Crustacean, but would probably think that it was over hyped for what it costs (as I think most of us do). I have hear of places in SGV that serves the similar roasted crab and garlic noodles. Is there anywhere closer?
I'm willing to drive as far as downtown (from the westside).
Maybe Seafood Village in Monterey Park (closer, good crab), or Newport Tan Cang in San Gabriel (further but nice digs and great live crustaceans)?
Seafood Village Restaurant
684 W Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Newport Tan Cang
518 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
I'd think that the crab and lobster would be the crowning dishes for the OP and friend who could probably live without the garlic noodles and sub that with the tons of other great dishes there. No glass floor over koi pond, no BH A- and B-listers, no premium to pay for that either. I think the extra 15 minute drive past downtown LA would be well worth it.