It was my first time at a Boiling Crab (a chain with locations in So. Cal and Texas). I’m always a bit nervous about trying new dining experiences, so instead of the usual here’s-what-I-ate commentary, I’ve constructed a list of Boiling Crab helpful hints, just in case you go. At approx. $30-$35 per person for seafood, I think it’s one of the best deals around. It's certainly one of the most delicious.
1. They do not take reservations. When Yelpers say to get there when they open (3pm) they aren’t kidding. Case in point, we put our names on the list at 6pm, and we weren’t seated until 9pm (on a Saturday). There’s the aforementioned tvs to keep you occupied, but people also just hang out in their cars or at the Target next door. Or, you can start off with an “appetizer” at the neighboring Vietnamese restaurant, as one of our friends who couldn’t wait any longer did. (No, this was not Kung Fu Prawn).
4. Go for the “whole sha-bang.” First, pick your seafood: (our group had shrimp, crawfish, Dungeness and king crab and clams). Then, pick your seasoning: rajun Cajun, lemon pepper, garlic butter, or the whole sha-bang (all three - words cannot describe the spicy, buttery deliciousness.) Last, your spicyness level (medium was plenty hot). The ratio is about 1 pound per person, if you include sides (we also got corn and sweet potato fries).