Boiling Crab? Or Boiling Crawfish?

Boiling Crawfish: Doraville, GA, USA

Truth be told, I was so excited to see this in Atlanta, and I became even more excited after a UYE here where DB told me that the recipes were from the infamous Boiling Crab out west in California.  Unfortunately there was already a registered Boiling Crab in Atlanta that was not part of the west coast franchise and so the name Boiling Crawfish had to do.  My sister and I decided to split the following:

  • 2 lbs of snow crab
  • corn on the cob (3)
  • 1 cajun fries

The menu lists shrimp, clams, mussels, king crab (MKP), and dungeness crab (MKP) along with crawfish.  There are two columns, one for sauces and the other for spiciness level.  We decided to go with the “errthing” sauce and the mild spice level.

The seafood comes exactly like it is at the Boiling Crab establishments in California, hot and steaming in a plastic bag.  Now admittedly, I’m leaning away from this because there are definitely some compounds emitted from exposing plastic (and I’m sure this is cheap plastic too) to hot temperatures.  However, we were already here so might as well make the most of it and eat me some carcinogens.

Boiling Crawfish - snowcrab

Snow Crab: served “errthing and mild spice”

PROS

  • hot and piping out of the bag
  • came with a metal plate which we could dump everything out and let it cool

CONS

  • super salty: I’m not just talking about the sauce because at one point, my sister and I stopped dipping the cracked crab meat into the sauce.  This crab tasted like it was frozen, boiled, and then dipped in salt.  I think I drank about 5 cups of water.
  • not entirely fresh.  Fresh crab (as in crab that hasn’t been sitting in ice forever) will come out in one-piece if you de-shell it in a certain manner.  There were certain legs that stuck to the shell when we tried to crack it open.

Boiling Crawfish - crab legs

Corn on the Cob

PROS

  • it’s corn.  hahaha.  Not everyone likes corn, but it comes in the same bag as the seafood so if you want plain corn this isn’t it.  But it gives you some “vegetable” to fool you into thinking that you’re massively healthy.

CONS

  • no flavor: corn was overboiled and was just like eating fiber.  Not to mention, it was mushy like it had been overcooked.

Boiling Crawfish - corn

Cajun Fries

PROS

  • fantastic quantity.  We were scarfing these down because they were the only things that didn’t have a crazy amount of salt, and we still had plenty of fries left over.

CONS

  • no even dispersement of the cajun seasoning that was sprinkled on top.  It was kind of like a middle sprinkle last minute of cajun powder.

Would I come here again?  Probably not.  Not unless there was some type of event like a friend’s birthday and they absolutely had to come eat here.  It is probably better to do your own crab and seasonings at home truthfully.  I do have to say, their promo for buy 5 lbs (of crawfish) get 1 free is pretty enticing for those who have the patience to sit and shell it for goodness knows how long.  In summary:

  • 2 lbs of snow crab: *** (3 stars…WAY too salty)
  • 2 corn: **.75 (2.75 stars)
  • 1 cajun fries: ***.65 (3.65 stars)

Hate to be harsh but having had real Boiling Crab out west multiple times, this was a bit of a disappointment.  You can find them here off Buford Highway where the old Cafe 101 used to be (for you local ATLiens).  Give them a try, it may be right up your alley, especially if you like salty foods.

6331 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30360

Get shuckin’!

R/g

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This entry was published on March 27, 2016 at 19:58. It’s filed under Cajun, restaurants, seafood, The Gastronome and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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