Amazing Crab Restaurant CLOSED 2370 Shattuck Ave./Durant Ave., downtown, (510) 843-6666. L-D daily; $-$$.
This simple place has warm brick walls painted with a giant crab, paper-covered tables, and a wall of windows to the sidewalk.
The seasonal New Orleans-inspired menu includes the restaurant's signature King Crab and Snow Crab Legs and seasonal Dungeness crab, as well as crawfish, shrimp, mussels, and clams sourced from Cajun country. You purchase each by the pound (it is possible to mix two) and they are boiled in a plastic bag in a choice of four housemade sauces—Cajun, lemon pepper, garlic butter, and bouillabaisse. We ordered the shrimp in Cajun sauce along with corn on the cob and a few small potatoes (they are also put in the boiling bag). It was a messy affair, so we bibbed up and put the offered plastic gloves on our hands.
We placed the discarded heads and shells on a plate, and used a paper towel to hold our glasses of Berkeley-made Trumer Pilsner—no fiddling with personal electronic devices here! And it was great fun. Next time I want to try Dungeness crab in garlic butter sauce. We also shared a side of tasty sweet potato fries and a salad, and then concluded with a slice of carrot cake. Lunch features po’boys, jambalaya, seafood gumbo, and pastas.
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