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Killer Shrimp

LATrapp Sep 13, 2010 02:57 PM

I was just on yahoo.com and the #1 topic on their 'Trending Now' was Killer Shrimp. Any news on the resurrection of Killer Shrimp? According to their website, they are coming back in the summer of 2010, but that has been up with no updates for quite some time. Just curious what got Killer Shrimp to the top of Yahoo searches today...

Here is their official website with the summer 2010 mention:


EDIT: OK, I'm embarrased and need to get my mind off of food. Apparently, there are a different sort of Killer Shrimp in this world (UK in this instance) and they are creating some havoc for local wildlife...

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  1. Das Ubergeek RE: LATrapp Sep 13, 2010 03:02 PM

    The trending is because they found some actually killer (as in kills-other-shrimp-in-its-habitat) shrimp in the UK.

    I didn't know the restaurant of the same name was coming back, though.

    1. khh1138 RE: LATrapp Sep 13, 2010 06:26 PM

      This is such a funny coincidence. I came here looking for news about Killer Shrimp because I have been trying to replicate the broth, and this site had some pretty good modifications in the reader comments.
      And one of the comments said the restaurant was coming back Summer 2010.
      Then my husband sent me the official killer shrimp "Coming soon" link with the title "Could it be true?"
      So much talk of killer shrimp in one day! (Without me actually eating any.)

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      1. re: khh1138
        kevin RE: khh1138 Sep 13, 2010 06:51 PM

        the website does have the logo for killer shrimp.

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          khh1138 RE: kevin Sep 13, 2010 06:58 PM

          Yes, it looks promising, right? But I hear that page has been up since early in the year. And summer has come and gone <silently weeping>.

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            WildSwede RE: khh1138 Sep 13, 2010 09:07 PM

            Yes, but when do restaurants actually open on time? I, for one, am still keeping my fingers crossed.
            It's funny, when I saw that Killer Shrimp was #1 trending on Yahoo, I immediately thought it was the restaurant. Never for one second, until I read all the titles, did it occur to me that it would be anything else.
            HOPEFULLY the Killer Shrimp restaurant will be resurrected soon!! ;

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        annapurna7 RE: LATrapp Sep 14, 2010 04:24 PM

        Have you tried Jack Shrimp in Newport Beach? I haven't been, but I heard they were similar to Killer Shrimp. I loved the broth at Killer Shrimp, but I would avoid the place because I could eat at least two loaves of bread soaked in that broth.


        Jack Shrimp Restaurant
        2400 W Coast Hwy Ste M, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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        1. re: annapurna7
          WildSwede RE: annapurna7 Sep 14, 2010 04:27 PM

          I have a discount coupon for them but have not gone yet. Will hopefully be going soon, tho. I know, the bread and the broth are "killer" (in more ways than one!). ;-)

          1. re: WildSwede
            kevin RE: WildSwede Sep 14, 2010 05:54 PM

            i have been to jack shrimp in newport, and my opinion is that it is pretty close to Killer Shrimp, it may be about 10% off or my now fleeting memories of Killer Shrimp are fading me.

          2. re: annapurna7
            GK in SO RE: annapurna7 Sep 14, 2010 07:43 PM

            We visited Jack Shrimp around 10 years ago, and the owner told us that his grandmother invented the original recipe. Upon her death, the recipe went to both he and the sister, who owned Killer Shrimp.

            Each tweaked the recipe slightly, I believe. But, both are/were really, really good.

            Jack Shrimp Restaurant
            2400 W Coast Hwy Ste M, Newport Beach, CA 92663

            1. re: GK in SO
              WildSwede RE: GK in SO Sep 15, 2010 09:57 AM

              Great to know - thanks!!

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                Muskrat RE: GK in SO Feb 22, 2011 08:20 PM

                I thought Killer Shrimp was owned by Lee Michaels, for '70s rock star. Maybe he was just fronting it?

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                  moparmaiden RE: Muskrat Feb 23, 2011 03:52 PM

                  Lee still owns a small part of it, but he told me it's mostly his kids deal now, they will be opening up a new one soon

            2. The Chowhound Team RE: LATrapp Sep 15, 2010 07:32 AM

              We split off a recipe for Killer Shrimp to our Home Cooking board. You can find that thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/734298

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                rinkatink888 RE: LATrapp Sep 17, 2010 09:57 PM

                Ricki (spelling) the owner of Killer Shrimp has moved to Scottsdale, AZ and opened up a restaurant called Jaspers Peak Bar and Grille.


                My significant other, on a business trip, stopped by for dinner at her restaurant yesterday and he asked her if she was still planning on opening up another Killer Shrimp restaurant in the Los Angeles area. Her reply was that she has no plans to come back to Los Angeles since her parents now live in Scottsdale but she is still working with her partner in Los Angeles to find a location near the original location in Marina Del Rey. Lets hope her partner finds a location soon because when I need a craving, it's just a bit far to get to Jack Shrimp at times - but I did had the Killer Shrimp at Jack's two weeks ago and it was very very good.

                Jack Shrimp Restaurant
                2400 W Coast Hwy Ste M, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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                  WildSwede RE: rinkatink888 Sep 18, 2010 12:03 AM

                  Thank you for that. Does she serve the shrimp at her current restaurant? May warrant a road trip to Scottsdale!! Fingers crossed (still) in hoping they reopen in the LA area.

                  1. re: WildSwede
                    LATrapp RE: WildSwede Sep 18, 2010 01:48 AM

                    I'm curious why they are focused on that same area. Nothing against that part of Washington in MDR, but I can think of more than a few other neighborhoods where a resurrection of Killer Shrimp would be more than welcomed. Sticking to Marina del Rey seems to me like returning to their old resting grounds.

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                      WildSwede RE: LATrapp Sep 20, 2010 11:29 AM

                      I vote for Pasadena! But NOT old town!

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                        Servorg RE: LATrapp Sep 20, 2010 11:38 AM

                        Perhaps her old partner lives over that way? I don't blame anyone for not wanting to commute in LA if they don't have to.

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                          carter RE: Servorg Sep 22, 2010 12:07 PM

                          Maybe just locate near Waterloo & City in Mar Vista - decent commute for an MDR resident, yet very affordable rents, or at least by comparison.

                      2. re: WildSwede
                        rinkatink888 RE: WildSwede Sep 21, 2010 05:05 PM

                        Hi - They don't have "Killer Shrimp" on the menu, so I called them to get some additional information. It seems that during the initial opening of the restaurant, they did have it on the menu, but apparently, it didn't sell well, so they took it off, however, they said they will make the "Killer Shrimp" if you ask for it.

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                          WildSwede RE: rinkatink888 Sep 22, 2010 09:46 AM

                          Thank you for the sleuthing! I appreciate it!!

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                            khh1138 RE: rinkatink888 Oct 4, 2010 07:27 PM

                            This is great news -- I'm always reluctant to ask for special orders, but for this I will make an exception!!

                            We tried to make the recipe (off of allrecipes.com with the best of the user suggestions) at home this weekend and it fell short. Just not earthy and deep enough of a flavour. Sigh.

                      3. WildSwede RE: LATrapp Feb 28, 2011 09:45 AM

                        I went and tried Jack Shrimp over the weekend. When I called to confirm open/close times, I mentioned that I heard through the grapevine that they would make Killer Shrimp if it was requested. What I was told is "We have something better, Jack Shrimp". Ok. So off I went.
                        The restaurant is small and was just opening for the day when I got there. I was one of the first few tables sat, but by the time I left, all the tabels were taken.
                        I ordered the Jack Shrimp and a beer and waited. Out came a basket of delicious fresh bread and butter. I had them peel the shrimp for me - I hate having that smell all over my hands all day and I had other places to go afterward. The half order $13 has 5 shrimp and the whole $18 has 10 in the broth. I seem to recall that you could see through the KS version of the broth - you could see the spices floating around in it and almost see the bottom of the bowl. Here, the broth is an orangy color that you cannot see through. They have A LOT of dried rosemary in it. I like rosemary, but thought it was a little overwhelming, and it was the dried (not fresh) rosemary so it was like chewing on little branches. Not spicy at all. It was good, though, but not at all what I remember from KS. I asked for lemon and squeezed a good amount into the broth and added salt and pepper - it definiteley enhanced it. Hey, I ate it all - the portion is much smaller than that big bowl you would get at KS. They also offer an order of Jack Sauce and Bread $4 as an appetizer - it is the same sauce that comes with the Jack Shrimp.
                        I also had the banana creme brulee which was pretty darn good. It had a raspberry sauce drizzled on top of it.
                        I am not sure that I need to go back. I am hoping that I get to Scottsdale one of these days to try the version at Jasper's Peak. Maybe it is closer.
                        I am now praying that an original KS opens up with the original recipe. God, I miss it.

                        Jack Shrimp Restaurant
                        2400 W Coast Hwy Ste M, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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                        1. re: WildSwede
                          WildSwede RE: WildSwede Feb 28, 2011 10:53 AM

                          Sorry, upon revisiting it, they use FRESH rosemary. Still it is overpowering in the broth. But adding lemon, salt and pepper (and some dry oregano) makes it a lot better (IMO).

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