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deknor Jan 14, 2011 11:19 AM

Hello everyone.

I will be visiting Las Vegas in february and am looking for a place to eat crab. I live in Brazil and it is pretty rare to find crab here. So everytime I visit the US I try to have some crab at least once.

Where can I find good crab in LV? I been to Joe's before and even though my crab wasn't bad, it was nothing special..

Thanks in advance.

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    chazcat Jan 14, 2011 11:53 AM

    I haven't been there, but hear Crab Corner (off strip) is good. I am from the east coast and really enjoy blue crab.

    http://www.nvseafood.com/

    1. shamu613 Jan 14, 2011 03:14 PM

      The general consensus among people who like fish is that you don't eat fish farther than 100 miles away from the ocean. Las Vegas is in the middle of the desert about 300 miles from the coast. You do the math.

      While it's possible to get live Maine lobster in virtually any megamart anywhere in the United States, the same does not hold true for crab. Fresh crab is not available more than a few miles away from the coast. Whatever you find will be frozen. Some types of crab hold up better to the freezing process then others.

      Your best best is to look for a restaurant that serves King Crab. King Crab is never found fresh outside of Alaska and often not found fresh off a fishing boat. The crab is processed and frozen on board.

      Check the menus of the seafood restaurants along the Strip for King Crab.

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        monku Jan 14, 2011 04:55 PM

        King Crab is never found fresh outside of Alaska

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        Live king crab when available can be found at several Chinese restaurants in the Los Angeles area. You're probably going to pay $25-$30/pound, but it can be had.

        I don't frequent the Chinese restaurants in Las Vegas, but I have to believe there are ones that serve live dungeness crab.

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          citywayne Jan 15, 2011 05:04 AM

          Yes you can find live dungeness crab at some Chinese rest. Try the big Seafood/dim sum rest. on Spring Mountain Rd in the far corner of the Chinatown Shopping Center. About 1 mile west of the strip. Turn west at Treasure Island from the strip. I forgot the name ... something like Sea Harbor I think.
          If you have cooking facilities, you can buy live lobster and crab in the supermarket in the same shopping center. We rented a condo once and got a 6 pounder for under 10 bucks a pound.
          It was DELICIOUS

      2. monku Jan 14, 2011 04:52 PM

        I went to Joe's in LV the day after Christmas and had the stone crabs. Last time I had stone crabs was many years ago at the Joe's in Miami. Funny as much as I wanted to appreciate the stone crab claws, they tasted like dungeness crab.

        Several steak house type places offer king crab legs on their menus.

        Wynn buffet has king crab legs at dinner (they are frozen). M Resort Studio buffet has snow crab legs at their seafood buffets. http://www.themresort.com/dining/stud...

         
         
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          deknor Jan 15, 2011 04:44 AM

          Thanks for replies. I do realize I won't find any fresh crabs, but I'll settle for some decent frozen ones... Thats more than I'll ever find in Brazil.

          You guys are lucky to live in the US. The best restaurant in Brazil won't even come close to a restaurant like Sage or Bouchon.

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            palmdoc1 Jan 16, 2011 05:18 PM

            I've had excellent live dungeness crab at Jasmine-Bellagio. Although not cheap(by Chinatown standards esp.), the quality of the crab was irreproachable. Usually they will prepare it however you prefer, just ask.

            Always a flip side as well. The best swell in Las Vegas won't even come close to a break like Arpoador.

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            fishnet101 Jan 19, 2011 01:27 AM

            Live Dungesness crab is almost always available in Chinatown, Vegas. My favorite place is Cathy House at 5300 Spring Mount Rd. They can and will prepare the crab as you like. Also they have live fish, shrimp, etc. in fish tanks. Good place to eat, Dim Sum is excelent. . Ask for DJ. --A good place and very consistant.

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              deknor Jan 19, 2011 05:45 AM

              Thanks for another great tip.

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              jamesmasonlv Jan 20, 2011 04:35 PM

              I have to disagree with some of the postings. Not only do manhy restaurants in Las Vegas have fresh crab of all types and varieties, but Las Vegas imports more fresh seafood every day than any other city in the world. Interestingly, I am told by a purveyor of fresh crab from San Francisco that crab in Las Vegas is anywhere from 3-5 hours FRESHER than what you can get IN San Francisco, even if you get it on the Wharf! I find that amazing.

              Having said all the above, you should always ask. Not ALL crab is FRESH crab, but keep in mind that all crab is required to be iced from the moment it's, um, "caught." Also, you have a better chance of getting fresh Dungeness crab than any other type (at least in this town). Absolutely truly fresh, never-frozen King Crab is relatively rare, but it does exist, and you'll pay a premium for it. If you're a fan of Snow Crab, keep in mind that it's extremely rare in town, which is fine, because it's fairly insipid in comparison to Dungeness and King. Of course, YMMV.

              Do NOT despair! Good crab is available all over Las Vegas; it just depends on your willingness to go find it, and your willingness to pay. Good luck.

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