The Boiling Crab is definitely an experience not to be missed. If you like seafood, this place is definitely for you. Sure, the wait can get ridiculous (up to 1.5 hours!), but it really is delicious. They don’t take reservations, so all you can do is go early, sign in, and then for the particular location that I went to, go to Target and run your much needed errands. Be sure to go back 10-15 minutes before the estimated wait time since they might have seats open up.
On this particular day, I went with 4 other coworkers at around 7 on a Wednesday night and the wait was only about 45 minutes long.
The location is not particularly huge, so I can understand why there would be such a huge line and wait. So my suggestion? Don’t go with more than a group of 5 because you probably really can’t get seated. But, you want to go with a group because that way you can share the food!
The Whole Shabang
For me and 4 other male coworkers, we ordered 1 pound of crawfish, 2 pounds of shrimp, 1 dungeness crab, 1 order of fried catfish, 1 side of sweet potato fries and 5 corns. We ordered all this with “The Whole Shabang”, which is a must. The Whole Shabang flavoring is a lovely mix of Rajun Cajun, Lemon Pepper, and Garlic Butter. You can also control how spicy it is, we ordered Medium, and as a spicy food lover, I felt like this was just enough for me. The portions were also just enough for all of us without us being overly stuffed, and still full. There are no pictures of the crab because my hands were already disgusting by the time it came to the table.
After about 30 minutes of grubbing in silence, we were just about done with the food. Seriously, it was so good that I was thinking about the meal the next morning, and craving it till night. Be prepared to have your hands smell (rub it down with the extra lemons) and your breath garlicky. Also, about flipping the bird, you put 4 guys together, and a camera, and I guess that’s the natural reaction you get from them. Go figure.
If you have never been here before, come. You’re missing out.
The Boiling Crab
1631 E Capitol Expy
San Jose, CA 95121