The Boiling Crab

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3.5 rating over 5 reviews

626-576-9368

742 W Valley Blvd ( )

Alhambra, CA 91803-3231

Neighborhoods: Alhambra

 
Description: The Boiling Crab is a Seafood, Cajun, and Creole restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped less than 15%.
Tags: Seafood, Cajun, Crawfish, Takeout, Good For Kids, Creole, Alhambra, Catfish, The Boiling Crab, and Crab
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  • 8 dishes entered by diners at The Boiling Crab

Diner Survey Results (7 responses)
Overall: 85%    Food: 80%    Service: 100%    Ambiance: 100%   
Pros

  • "It was worst quality of seafood I've ever had in my life!!! That shrimp soft and mushy and dissolved in your mouth!! That King crab Lemon pepper and Cajun style was covered in sludge"
Comments
  • "Purchase fresh seafood"

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  • 5 reviews
  • First reviewed by Fannie
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Served RAW catfish and refused to exchange it!!

Had dinner at the Alhambra location on Main St. last night and ordered the bland oysters, yummy but gritty clams, and the catfish with fries.

Now, there’s a reason catfish is never served as sushi: it’s not meant to be eaten raw!! I’ve posted photos for reference.

My brother and I each had 1 fillet out of 5 and immediately noticed the fish was off and deeply pink. We didn’t want to make a big deal out of it at first, but decided not to risk food poisoning. When we asked the manager, Sao, for a HALF order of shrimp in exchange, we were told that the policy was not to return food simply because customers weren’t satisfied. Uh, did I mention the fish was RAW and so RANCID that my cat would vomit it out?

We were then told that their fish was always prepared this way and that catfish has a smell to it. True, catfish has grassy undertones, but NOT old, fishy ones. The food was left unexchanged.

Felt bad for the servers; not their fault the manager showed such bad judgment and that the company has a policy which endangers public health. I immediately called my credit card company and had the charges reversed. Still suffered through the squirts today.

Bad, raw seafood can have very bad consequences. Save your tummy and AVOID @ ALL COSTS!!

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Fried Catfish

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RAW, smelly, and gave me the squirts

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The Mudbug has arrived…

The Boiling Crab

While it’s anything but fancy, a crawfish boil is one of the cornerstones of Louisiana culture. The preparation itself is amazingly simple: crawfish cooked with a few vegetables. They only provide a small-sized morsel of tail meat, so the key to a well-fed crawfish crowd is high volume. Five pounds of boiled crawfish and shrimp constitutes an average serving for even a ravenous eater.
This was my experience here at the Boiling Crab in Alhambra as our party arrived at 11:30 am to beat the rush and secure a table. The atmosphere is simple with wooden chairs and tables and shrimp nets decorating the bar. We ordered a few pounds of crawfish and shrimp and you need to pick your sauce between the Garlic Butter, Rajun Cajun, Lemon Pepper or all of the above called “The Whole Sha-bang” which is what we ordered mild. With our order came a few pieces of sausage and two corn on the cobs mixed in. Our order was brought out in steamed baggies and placed on the butcher paper. There are no utensils and everyone eats with their hands as they spill the whole mess onto the butcher paper-covered table. When the food hits the table you just start eating, picking up a steaming crawfish ripping it into two pieces. Strip the shell from the tail end, bite off the exposed meat and inhale deeply through the head cavity. Then throw your shells in the bucket. Repeat those steps as needed and don’t worry because a roll of paper towels and bibs are provided at each table. The bibs are a definite necessity and we brought along our own handwipes. The sauce is what makes this boil as it’s so mouth-watering and totally addicting. I’ve been to a lot of “Crawfish” restaurants in Texas and Louisiana and this is definitely comparable. The lines during weekends support this claim. A warning: get there early or be prepared to wait in line for hours

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Crawdads-mild with Sha-bang Sauce

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Even though we said mild it was still a bit spicy, don’t get me wrong I can handle spicy.

Shrimp-mild with Sha-bang sauce

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Tender was nice and succuilent

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Cajun Crawfish With an Asian Twist

Once in a while a new craze pops up and yes, we just have to jump into the bandwagon.

Well this new trend that started in Garden Grove is still somewhat of a novelty, which is fortunate and unfortunate for us, it has not worn off, however, the line still continues out the door.

The chain of restaurants are located in Garden Grove, Westminster and Alhambra to cater to those who are north of the Orange County cities.

There are other venues similar in these type of restaurants and some are equally good.

I hosted an event here on a nice Sunday mornng, I was advised to get there early as to avoid the crowds and the lines. Since they opened at noon and will not seat you until everyone is there, I thought to arrive there a bit early at 10:30 and my group of 12 was due to arrive at 11:30.

I was very glad to have arrived early, I walked around the neighborhood and found other venues to visit later and not only did everyone show up on time we were the first group to be seated.

These critters are served in plastic bags drowned in their specialty sauces with spiciness options of mild, medium, xxxspicy and the flavors of garlic, cajun or the sha-bang (combo of garlic, cajun and other seasonings). Corn and Sausages can be added into the bag as well.

The catfish was incredibly tasty as well, iightly battered and lightly fried as it was still flaky with a crunchy bite.

We were not disappointed, although you can order your own bag, however, since we were sharing, we just dumped everything on the papered table and dug in.

Definitely wear your old grubs, ladies or gents, pull your hair back , do not touch your eyes with your hands and feast on this messy but mouth-watering undertaking.

Oh, and they don’t have utensils so you can’t be skittish about eating with your hands and rolls of paper towels are provided.

Note: cup of water is .50 cents.

Dishes I tried:

Fried Catfish

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I give this a 5 star because their version is delicious, served in 7 to 8 fillet pieces and it really is that flaky. A great deal for that price.

Shrimp-mild with Sha-bang sauce

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I am not a fan of shrimp, but theirs were succulent, plump and buttery almost prawn like due to their size.

Crawdads-mild with Sha-bang Sauce

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Awesome is all I can say.I wanted to order it at least medium spicy but some in our group could not handle any spiciness so mild was it and it was still good.

Dungeness Crabs

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We opted for the Dungeness crabs since blue crabs do not have much meat on them. Very tasty.

Fried Oysters

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Skip it, it just didn’t taste right.

Sausages

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Skip it as well, stick with the foods from the sea.

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it's very good. although i would like it if they had clam...

it’s very good. although i would like it if they had clams as well.

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February 3, 2014

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Awesome place to come eat. When this first open, it was a great new idea. The place gives you your good similiar to a claim bake. Choose what you want, how much you want, and seasoning you want. The food is brought to you in a plastic bag…

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December 13, 2011

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too many ppl

it's good , but way too many ppl, last Friday me and my buddies waited almost one hour. But why am I complaing? the food is good. Love the shrimps , they called "whoe-she-bang" very good and a lot of flavors. \r I will come back again, but…

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