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The Boiling Crab. Trying to cure my crab craving.

I want to try The Boiling Crab for the first time. Dishes you recommend? Is one location better than the others? Is it true the wait time can be forever? Are their any similar places like it? Thanks.
http://www.theboilingcrab.com/

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The Boiling Crab
14241 Euclid St Ste C116, Garden Grove, CA 92843

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  1. If you're deciding between the two locations in Alhambra, I prefer the newer one. I always get some shrimp, whole she-bang, medium spicy and dungeness crab the same way along with some corn on the cob in the bag with the seafood. I tried clams but they weren't worth it in my opinion. I was just there two nights ago and the fried calamari was good as were their cajun fries.

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    1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

      You mean the one on Valley Blvd? What are the wait times like?

      1. re: wienermobile

        No, I'm referring to the new one they just opened on Main St. The one on Valley had about a two hour wait the first time I went for dinner. The one on Main, I showed up around 6ish Sunday night and was able to get a table almost immediately.

        1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

          Where is the new one on main street. Its not on their website.

          1. re: bgazindad

            33 W Main St is the address. It's a few doors east of Charlie's Trio, between 1st and Garfield.

            1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

              They don't list this location on their web site, are you sure it's a Boiling Crab?

              1. re: wienermobile

                I was just there this past Sunday. On their homepage they have this statement: BC Alhambra MAIN NOW OPEN!

                1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                  Some friends have told me that it is open.

                  1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                    Thanks, sorry I missed that in the tiny corner of their web site.

      2. I found Jonathan Gold's review and now I really want to go.
        http://www.laweekly.com/2007-09-20/ea...

        1. Personally, the wait is way too long and the parking sucks (Alhambra location), so takeout works out perfectly.

          I like the shrimp with the whole shabang medium spice. Make sure to add corn and sausage, it is perfect!!! I have yet to try the potato, but others have said it is good too.

          I tried the fried catfish with fries, but it wasn't that great, I'll just take another pound of shrimp.

          Another plus with takeout is that you can grab some bread from Lee's or Mr. Baguette on the way home.

          1. Unfortunately my GF gets a craving monthly so I have to endure the waits at least monthly, not that it's bad just not worth the wait. The crawfish is the best seafood there when it's live only, but many people don't like all the work for the little scrap of meat. I don't really care for the shrimp though many do. On recent visits, most of the bag has been full of mushy shrimp that must have been dead before they were cooked. The fried stuff is always pretty good. And the best thing there is the corn. I always order at least 2 for myself. Raw oysters are flavorless and watery but at least not fishy. The dungeness crab is ok. I don't really care for king crab there or in general. For seasoning, I like the whole shebang medium spicy. The wait can vary from 1 to 2 hours

            1. Sorry if I am asking a stupid question - but is this dry or is it like Killer Shrimp in a broth? If not, is broth available? TIA!

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              1. re: WildSwede

                Somewhere in the middle.

                It's "dry" but there's so much sauce that they're swimming in it.

                You won't want to drip bread into it like killer shrimp (at least I don't). you will want to redip all your crawfish/shrimp in it though.

                I'd go for the crab, crawfish, sausage, corn, and sweet potato fries (not necessarily in that order)

                1. re: ns1

                  Sounds good, thank you ns! Do you know of any place that serves what Killer Shrimp did - I really miss that place!

                  1. re: WildSwede

                    Sadly The Killer Shrimp chain is all gone but I found their recipe.
                    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Killer-S...

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      OHHHH!! THANK YOU! I will be making it soon!

                    2. re: WildSwede

                      Can't think of a single one...

                        1. re: WildSwede

                          I've actually only eaten at KS once before they closed up shop. I only know they closed up shop because I read the forums religiously lol