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Oct 26, 2011 06:45 AM

Alaskan King Crab

I will be visiting DC from the 31st Oct - 06th Nov, and was wondering where (of if - i'm aware that the King Crab season only started on the 15th Oct) is the best place to get Alaskan King Crab - the less formal the better.

Look forward to hearing from you.

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  1. Oceanaire has wild Alaskan Red King Crab on their menu. It is $60/lb.

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    1. re: CDouglas

      Cheers for reply - what's the restaurant like? Can I wander in with jeans and trainers (sneakers)?

      1. re: Segovia

        I would strongly recommend something more formal than jeans and trainers. You can probably get away wearing jeans, button down shirt and a sports jacket with casual dress shoes.

        1. re: ahack

          Hmm, probably too smart for me. Anywhere less formal? Forgot to mention that I'm going to be on my own too (attending a conference) - do they have a bar that you could eat at?

    2. lame answer but if you staying with a friend with a kitchen, go to costco get the crab legs and beers and there you go. Way less then $60/lb.

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      1. re: Soup

        More to what Soup says, it's very easy to reheat at home. I've gotten it frozen now and again.

        This just isn't a big king crab area. Red Lobster (a chain) definitely has it.

        1. re: ivysmom

          Take Soups advice this blue crab area here not very many places serve King Crab in a laid back affordable setting

          1. re: agarnett100

            Thanks very much for all your advice. Not too worried about price (i'll claim back expenses and the exchange rate (i'm coming from the UK) is pretty good), however really want somewhere that's not formal at all. I see that there's a fish market in DC - is there any places there that would cook and sell it - is the fish market worth visiting?

            There's no Red Lobster in DC? I'm staying in Rockville, and i notice that there's one in Gaithersburg - that isn't too far is it?

            Finally, where's the best place to get blue crab?

            Thanks again for all your help.

            1. re: Segovia

              If you go to Captain White's at the DC Fish market they will sell and cook as many blue crabs, lobsters and shrimp you want. They have tables set-up on the other side of the wharf to eat.

              Don't go to Red Lobster its a chain restaurant and not very good

              1. re: Segovia

                What about the Bethesda Crab House? Is it still around? May have king crab legs and blues???? Very laid back

                Bethesda Crab House
                4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

                1. re: Segovia

                  Going to Red Lobster for King Crab would be fine. Currently the Gaithersburg location has them listed as a special - 1 1/2 lbs for $29. Red Lobster may be a chain but we are not talking about bouillabaisse here. They are steaming King Crab legs and serving them with melted butter and lemon. I guess a 5 Star restaurant could do this better somehow...

                  Depending upon where you will be staying in Rockville you should be able to get there within about 15 minutes.

                  Red Lobster link:

                  Red Lobster
                  15700 Shady Grove Road
                  Gaithersburg, MD 20877
                  (301) 840-0380

                  1. re: Segovia

                    For blue crabs you could try Bethesda Crab House. Again this should not be too far from wherever you will be staying in Rockville.

                    The place is a true dive but they serve good blue crabs that are pricy. It looks like $89/dozen for X-Large from the menu on their website. They have "Alaska Crab legs" in addition to Snow Crab legs and show a photo of both Kings and Snows. The Alaska legs are $29 lb and the Snows are $35 for 2lbs.

                    The only thing you would have to worry about concerning attire here is spilling something on yourself.

                    Bethesda Crab House
                    4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

                    1. re: Segovia

                      One more place to try in Gaitherburg is Joe's Crab Shack.

                      Yeah it's a chain but all they will be doing is steaming crab legs for you. The crab did all the work as far as flavor goes. Kings are $33.99/bucket which I am guessing is 1lb. You can opt for simply steamed or choose one of their other varieties like garlic & herb, Old Bay, spicy, fire grilled or BBQ. I would stick with just steaming them myself. Old Bay is for blue crabs and the rest sound better for shrimp than King crabs to me.

                      1. re: Segovia

                        As CDouglas says below, if you're in Rockville, the place to go is Bethesda Crab House, easily. Definitely casual, almost dive-like, but great quality in a family-owned joint. No reason to go to Red Lobster or Joe's if you can get to Bethesda.

                        Note that you don't call to reserve a table - you call to reserve CRABS.

                        Bethesda Crab House
                        4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

                        1. re: Segovia

                          Just FYI, unless The King Crabs are alive,(only places I have ever seen that is in some Asian restaurants that had special tanks), they are always pre-cooked before they are shipped out to restaurants, stores, etc., Then they are reheated. Although that process is easy and any place can do it, what really matters is where they get the seafood from. Biggest difference is the sodium content, as some purveyors over salt and as a result, the flavor is compromised.

                          1. re: BontheC

                            Again, thanks for all the advice - i really do appreciate it. Bethesda Crab House it is then! Last question though - i notice a metro station close by - is that on the same line as the metro in Rockville (there's a station beside the my hilton hotel)?

                            Is the weather over there as bad as i've reading on the internet - snow and ice? It was 20C a few days ago!

                            Bethesda Crab House
                            4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

                            1. re: Segovia

                              Yes, it's the same line. Only about 4 stations - you'll spend the same amount of time walking to/from the station on the Bethesda end as you will on the train!

                              Weather is definitely nasty this weekend - maybe 2C outside right now (and I live in between Rockville and Bethesda). But highs should be up to 10C to 15C by the time you arrive, pretty common for this time of year.

                              BTW - since I know you're in the Hilton, do NOT be swayed to go across the street to Phillips instead. Awful, awful seafood. Do, however, walk a few blocks north to Joe's Noodle House for some amazing Sichuan food while you're here.

                              Joe's Noodle House
                              1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852

                              1. re: DanielK

                                Thanks Daniel - I arrive on Monday after about 16 hours of travel. So will defo be checking out Joe's. Something to look forward to! I also notice that hooters is close - I assume I should avoid it like the plague (never been to a hooters before)?

                                1. re: Segovia

                                  Hooters is not a bad spot to grab a beer, buffalo wings and watch a football game or two.

                                  1. re: agarnett100

                                    I'm going to be rockville for a week - is there any other good places to eat? Walking distance from the Hilton?

                                    1. re: Segovia

                                      Paul - here's a few more places within walking distance of the Hilton:

                                      Urban BBQ - very solid if not spectacular, about 3 blocks south of the hotel on Chapman.
                                      Bagel City - pretty decent bagels and breakfast, but the deli isn't great, about 4 blocks south of the hotel on Rockville Pike
                                      Across the street from Bagel City is the Federal Plaza shopping center. In there there's a really good NY-style pizza/red-sauce Italian place (Mama Lucia's), and a pretty good Cantonese seafood restaurant (Seven Seas).
                                      North of the hotel, 1 block up is Congressional Plaza. If you go past that to Congressional Ln and turn left, on the left there's a decent sushi place (Hinode), and across the street a really nice Greek place (Mykonos Grill)
                                      On the pike, a block north of Congressional on the right is the shopping center with Joe's Noodle (kinda hidden, as the door is facing north, not the road) and also in that shopping center is the excellent Yekta Kabob (Persian - I highly recommend the game hen)

                                      FWIW, Joe's is a board favorite, but really not well tackled by a solo diner. I'm willing to bet if you post a day and time, you'll get a handful of locals happy to join you...

                                  2. re: Segovia

                                    oh my goodness, don't avoid Hooters like the plague. It is nothing fancy, but the chicken wings are just fine and it is an "experience". As good a place as any for you to kick back and relax. Why not check it out!!!

                                    1. re: ivysmom

                                      oh yeah Hooters does indeed have good wings