We were down in Seattle, Washington yesterday for business and had heard about the famous seafood feasts at The Crab Pot Restaurant. It is located on Pier 57, on Alaskan Way and just a few blocks away from our hotel – so we HAD to try it!
This picture doesn’t show how HUGE this restaurant is – it goes on for ever! We guesstimate there is at least a 500 seat capacity, and every seat was filled. We waited approximately 30 minutes to get our table and there were about 10 parties waiting to be seated as well. The wait was lovely, as we were able to wander around and explore Pier 57.
Initially, we were seated in a really high traffic area because every server and every customer had to walk past us. Therefore, we asked to be moved to a quieter table on a covered patio outside, which was very pleasant. Since we were now seated in a different section, we had to switch servers. However, both our servers were excellent: prompt, attentive, friendly and helpful.
At this restaurant, no silverware is required so you can really get your hands dirty! A huge bowl of seafood is poured on your table and you go at it with a mallet, wearing a large bib. It was so much fun! They offer a variety of crab, clams, mussels, shrimp in the shell, salmon, halibut, oysters, red potatoes, corn on the cob and andouille sausage steamed with mouth watering spices. A loaf of bread and butter is served on each table, however we did not get ours because we had moved to a different section. Although, there was no way we could have eaten the bread anyway.
We ordered the King Crab Legs for $32.95 and the Crab & Shrimp combo for $30.95. Each order came with steamed corn on the cob and red potatoes sprinkled with a secret concoction of delicious Crab Pot seasonings.
Ample ramekins of melted butter with lemon quarters are provided for an extra taste sensation. Let me tell you, the combination of the melted butter, crab, and seasonings was out-of-this-world! Something about the crab served at the Crab Pot is different. It just tasted fresher than any other King Crab we’ve eaten before. Maybe it was the sheer joy of smacking the shells with our mallets and cracking open each leg. Hearing the constant ‘thud, thud, thud’, you could tell everyone else in the restaurant was having just as much fun as we were.
Here is the destruction:
There was just so much food, we couldn’t even finish all the potatoes. We systematically decided that in order to get through this food (enough to feed family of 4!), we had to get through all the crab and shrimp first, then the super sweet corn on the cob, and finally decided the potatoes (although soft and delicious) could not be consumed without us collapsing from over-eating. It was quite the challenge!
A large piece of paper is placed over your table cloth as the ‘plate’. A jumbo roll of paper towel is on each table, and servers will provide plenty of wet naps along your sea-feast journey so clean-up is a breeze.
This is the bowl that both orders were served in, then poured onto our table. Shells are discarded back into the bowl for easy clean up.
Obviously, we were too full for dessert, but we saw a nearby table order the “Famous Strawberry Rhubarb ‘Home Style’ Cake-in-a-Pan”, and we were mesmerized. It’s a yellow cake, baked fresh daily, and yes, it’s the WHOLE cake! It looked like it could feed at least 8 people. It’s also served with a big bowl of ice cream, all for only $6.95. Only in America 😉
Next time you’re in Seattle, a stop at The Crab Pot is a must – you won’t be disappointed.