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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Boiling Crab: Garden Grove, CA

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NCT is my connection to the OC. A trip to visit her always involves lunch at some awesome little hole in the wall or a joint with a real cult following. This time was no exception! I was totally craving some seafood so she suggested The Boiling Crab. There were quite a few patrons all with their sleeves rolled up and shamelessly wearing tacky plastic bibs. All around me I saw customers loudly sucking away at crevices of crawfish shells and conversing happily over the blaring speakers spewing out some local radio station... it was quite a site.

We were seated at a table close to the front, handed some modest small plastic menus, a large roll of paper towels and those lovely plastic bibs everybody else was sporting. I glanced over the menu but since this is NCT's regular haunt, I let her take over the ordering.

Cajun Fries: I noticed this side on quite a few tables and NCT said she always orders a side of these when she comes. I can see why. Theses fries were perfectly fried and seasoned with savory spicy Cajun seasoning. I'm constantly on the quest to find great fries and its always a treat to find something more than satisfying.
Raw Oysters: NCT isn't such a big fan of the consistency of raw oysters so I had these babies to myself. They were quite fresh though not as sweet and meaty as the ones I've had at Blue Water Seafood.
Crawfish: The waiter came by with a giant metal pail and pulled out a large plastic bag filled with these steaming critters along with two small ears of corn and sausages all tossed in "the whole sha-bang" seasoning". I understood why there was a sheet of butcher paper over the table very quickly. Indulging in these crustaceans requires a bit of work and can be quite messy for so small a harvest. NCT says she often brings a bag of these to her mom's and they'll gorge but I honestly think it'd be way too messy to eat at home and would rather eat it out where the cleanup is taken care of by somebody else.
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The Boiling Crab
13892 Brookhurst St.
Garden Grove, Ca 92843
(714)636-4885
M-F: 3pm-10pm
Sa-Su: 12pm-10pm
http://www.theboilingcrab.com/

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