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The Saucy Crab - now open in Durham

Full-page two-sided insert in today's Durham Herald Sun announcing that The Saucy Crab - featuring fresh NC seafood - is now open at 4020 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd in Durham [across from the former South Square Mall in the location originally occupied by Macaroni Grill and more recently occupied by a (grilled?) seafood restaurant]. One side of the insert showed the menu which features various styles of steamed crab, shrimp, crawfish, clams, mussels and lobster all priced by the half-pound; side items; fried seafood, chicken wings and chicken tenders; soft drink, tea, beer and wine! Open 4pm-10pm Mon- Thurs and 11am-10pm Fri-Sun. Early bird specials every day from 4-6pm. Sorry for the long post - I have no affiliation with The Saucy Crab. I do have great affinity for steamed seafood and I look forward to my first visit to The Saucy Crab. and they have a website at http://thesaucycrab.com/

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  1. Thanks for the heads up.

    1. There website is not good which makes me wonder what kind of care they put into the food they are serving. There statement is also food so fresh and fast that we don't have time to dress it up but what is the first thing on their menu... sauces.. It will be interesting to hear feedback but I'd take my chances at the Mayflower down the street.

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      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

        It always boggles my mind when good restaurants don't pay enough attention to their websites (or pay too much and have all sorts of flash and time-wasting stuff on them). But I wouldn't just the food based on the website, although geez, in this day and age how hard is it?

        1. re: LulusMom

          That and they say apparently that they source from NC coast but their stuff is CA and AK based no?

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            This is one of the things that really irritated me at Watts. They made this big deal about local food, and then the only fish dish on the menu was an Alaskan salmon. I ended up with a very gloppy pasta dish. Not worth $3, let alone what they charged.

        2. re: burgeoningfoodie

          I have not been to Mayflower for a long time. I know they have broiled and steamed items. Do they have any NC seafood? I realized that some of the items on the Saucy Crab menu aren't from NC (Canadian lobster was a giveaway) so I figured I would ask what was from NC before I ordered anything there.

        3. Depends.. what is NC known for as far as seafood? I mean that isn't over fished or isn't polluted etc.

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          1. FWIW, before being the Saucy Crab, they were the Durham Fish House. Before that was Shaba Shabu (sp?) - overpriced fusion asian. I don't know if it is the same owners reinventing themselves each time or if it is new ownership each time. I do know that from them being Shaba Shabu (they were on restaurant.com - we used a certificate) that their email listing of clients is forwarded to the new iteration. I've received emails ever since with the new menus / events. Their website being what it is, is probably a good thing. Shaba Shabu and Fish House had flashy websites and they really should have invested that part of their budget to elsewhere in the restaurant. I, too, look forward to seeing if this is a decent steamed seafood location.

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            1. re: ncghettogourmet

              Triangle Food Guy"s Friday report said it is the same ownership as Shaba Shabu. I've eaten at S.S. several times in Raleigh and I'm not a fan. It's ok, but there are so many better places to spend my $ and calories at!

              1. re: meatn3

                Agreed @ S.S.'s value. Even with our restaurant.com certificate it was overpriced and didn't "wow" us at all.

                Crap. Guess if we want to try it, might need to do it soon, given the owner's track record it might not last long. Third time's the charm perhaps?

                1. re: ncghettogourmet

                  But maybe you don't want to bother going, considering how you haven't been a fan of the owner's in the past? A bad meal at half price is still a bad meal, right?

                  1. re: LulusMom

                    What can I say, I'm a glutton for punishment. Given that they seem to change their concept each time (Shaba Shabu in that location wasn't a good idea... Good asian (be it thai, indian or chinese) food was just down 15-501 a few minutes in either direction). The Fish House's menu reminded me of BoneFish Grill. Not knocking it, but not really something I crave.

                    The Saucy Crab concept seems to be a bit more simple and my expectations are pretty low. I can't go to Red Lobster, not that they really have this type of menu (darn morals!) and coming from Greensboro, the only steamed seafood spot we have is Captain's Galley. Not bad, but not terribly good either.

                  2. re: ncghettogourmet

                    Well, the Raleigh S.S. has been here for sometime. My ex's family love it as do many of their friends...I think it was their first experience with many of the menu items back in the day and many of their dining choices seem driven by comfort rather than flavor.

                    We have such a wealth of more authentic options that I don't see the appeal.

              2. I'm still missing the in season crawfish at the long gone Fish Shack. If the crawfish are good at TSC I'll be a fan but I have a feeling they are precooked and frozen.

                1. I got a text from a friend last night that simply read "Don't bother with The Saucy Crab, it was horrible."

                  1. Awful! I went the Sunday the insert was in the newspaper. Ordered crab, crawfish and shrimp. Crab was obviously frozen and when reheated was overdone. Can't figure out why they only serve a half a crab. Crawfish similar. The shrimp was Ok which brough my score up to "awful".

                    I was excited to have a boiled and steamed seafood restaurant in town. During the spring/summer we host low country boils of "live" crawfish, crab and shrimp at least once a week. I don't use sauce as the flavor is in the boil. Maybe the sauce is more important than the crab to the owners. Just not for me. I tries to find a web site to complain. All I could find was a facebook page touting parties at the bar.

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                    1. re: willlikestoeat

                      Durham has had a seafood restaurant that has boil and steamed options for decades. It's called Fishmongers. They've been in downtown Durham long before it was cool to be there. And most of their seafood is fresh, not frozen.

                    2. Don't believe everything you read in the paper Boaviagem. This place sounds like it may challenge the neighboring Bavarian Brathaus as the restaurant that I am least likely to visit.

                      Signed

                      Boaviagem

                      1. The service was fine. The food definitely was not. I can't even call it medicore. The crawfish were sadly overcooked and oversauced (with a terrible sauce) and just plain mushy. Snowcrab - tasteless. Fried oysters - overdone and dry. The edible items at the table were the redskin potatoes and the corn. Coleslaw was average. There were 4 in our party - none of us will go back. Ever.