Restaurant Peek: The Crawling Crab
By: Kiet Nguyen
The Crawling Crab
781 S. Federal Blvd. Unit A | Denver, CO 80219
Tel: 303-936-0123 | www.thecrawlingcrab.com
Mon to Fri: 3PM – 10PM | Sat to Sun: 12PM – 10PM
Shellfish: Blue Crab, Dungeness Crab, Snow Crab, King Crab Legs, Lobster, Crawfish and Clams are market price based on the season
Shrimp – $8.99/lb
Cajun Wings – $6.99
Sweet Potato Fries – $3.99
Pop Pop Chicken – $6.99
Fried Oysters – $6.99
Corn on the Cob $1.00 for two
Steamed Rice $1.50
If you’re a food enthusiast, you probably felt it coming. The wave of seafood-by-the-pound eateries that are spreading all over Colorado. The Crawling Crab is the youngest and freshest hub to join the trend. But how can you refuse? Fresh seafood, boiled and perfectly seasoned, served steaming hot in front of you, without plates, without utensils. All that is stopping you from seafood heaven is the fear of getting down and dirty with your hands, but once you get over that, only deliciousness awaits.
Juicy crab, succulent crawfish, plump and delectable shrimp, and even raw oysters. If you enjoy seafood, you will find something to enjoy here. We were greeted with an enormous serving that includes lobster, blue crab, crawfish, clams, and that was just the main course. Appetizers included raw oysters and calamari, with sides of fries and popcorn chicken. To give the shellfish flavor, you get four choices of seasonings: rajun cajun, lemon pepper, garlic butter, and “The Crawling Crab’s All-In” (their speciality). My favorite? The All-in. Although garlic butter gets a respectable nod. Then the spices, from mild to burn-all-your-tastebuds-off-hot, they’ve got it.
So what does The Crawling Crab have over its competition around town, you may ask. It has owner Anh Nguyen at the helm. No newbie to the fresh seafood club, Nguyen understands what it takes to run a business, and keep the guests coming back. It’s simple really: fresh ingredients, perfect, consistent seasoning, and a true faith in the quality of the food. The seafood is delivered daily from New Orleans! Each and every ingredient is selected carefully, as this was actually my second visit to the Crawling Crab, and the food did not fluctuate in quality.
Words aren’t enough to describe the greatness that is Crawling Crab, you have to try it to believe it. So if you like seafood, and aren’t allergic to shellfish, come give the crabs a try and leave your Sharpie mark on the walls of the restaurant before you go. A tip: be sure to enjoy the buttered corn on the cob that comes smothered in warm seasonings with each order, ahhh, you can thank me later.