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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Where Should This Nice Slog Reader Get Some Delicious Celebratory Crab?

Posted by on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Bar Sajor, click to embiggen.
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  • Bar Sajor, click to embiggen.

The urgent request for crab assistance (crabsistance?):

Please help us out! We will be leaving the kids behind to celebrate our 10th anniversary next weekend. We're coming down from the 'ham (BELLINGham, that is) to spend a couple nights in Seattle and would love to stuff ourselves with some sweet, delicious, fresh crab! Where oh where should we go?


First of all, NOW I WANT CRAB. Okay! What you should do is go to Bar Sajor, where they have chilled Dungeness that's socks-knocking-off good, served with a garlic mayonnaise that you will want to dip the rest of your life into. Obviously, enjoy it with a bottle of some lovely white wine. Bar Sajor is nice but not at all stuffy; perfect for the anniversary of those who don't require, say, valet parking or live piano-playing. Make a reservation!

You should also go to Taylor Shellfish's shop on Capitol Hill for MORE CRAB and maybe some oysters too and, obviously, more white wine. It's an old-school-feeling, smallish fish market with only a few tables, but they are super nice and they get the good stuff. They should have some chilled Dungeness waiting for you. You could—you should—do this for lunch, in the middle of walking around the city, hugging and kissing occasionally.

Anyone else, crab suggestions? (Crabgestions? Sorry, that sounds gross.)


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I want to eat ALL of the crab!!!

I don't have a specific suggestion but some places in the ID must have some excellent salt & pepper crabs.
Posted by aaaaargh on July 9, 2013 at 1:10 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 2
I once had the best king crab at Ivar's Salmon House. I think it was around $20, which was really reasonable (it was half a crab, lots of meat). So that's my suggestion. (Granted, that was about nine or ten years ago - it might be more expensive these days.)
Posted by Matt from Denver on July 9, 2013 at 1:10 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 3
Crab? I haven't been able to afford even the aroma of crab.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on July 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM · Report this
stirwise 4
I like getting the whole steamed dungeness crab at Etta's. Always tasty, and that plus a salad, fries and dessert makes a nice shared meal for two.
Posted by stirwise on July 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM · Report this
Monsoon, Capitol Hill:
"Crab Feast. Available every Sunday and Monday night guests can enjoy a whole two-pound Dungeness crab for $32. In addition to the classic Saigon salt and pepper crab, Eric and Sophie will now offer a Singapore-style Yellow Curry Crab and a Scallion & Ginger Crab. All of the crab preparations are sautéed in the wok with bright spices and served with mango and papaya salad." Also 30% off of bottles of wine.

Seven Stars Pepper, International District:
Szechuan or Ginger Crab, stir fried. Plus get some hand shaven noodles and dried cooked string beans while you're at it.
Posted by help desk on July 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM · Report this
seatackled 6
I've always preferred hot or warm crab to cold. Try one of the Chinese restaurants in the ID. It will be fresh and tasty.
Posted by seatackled on July 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM · Report this
You could have went crabbing with the kids, AND MADE YOUR OWN DELICIOUS CRAB THINGS.
Posted by OOF POOF on July 9, 2013 at 1:46 PM · Report this
Over the winter, Monsoon had a great Dungie crab deal on Sundays and Mondays; not certain it's still going on. Another place to check is the kick-ass Little Uncle, they frequently do a whole crab special and it's insane.

Posted by alight on July 9, 2013 at 1:47 PM · Report this
JonnoN 9
Chinooks. I get a whole crab there for my birthday every year!
Posted by JonnoN on July 9, 2013 at 1:48 PM · Report this
jackie treehorn 10
Get your shellfish license and eat all the crab you can catch until 9/1.
Posted by jackie treehorn on July 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM · Report this
Fnarf 11
Chinook's and Ivar's and the others are good. Whatever you do, though, DO NOT GO TO THE CRAB POT on the waterfront. Unless you like the smell of fish going off. The waterfront in general is a good place to avoid for fish, seeing as how that's not where fish come from (Chinook's is at least at the real Fishermen's Terminal).
Posted by Fnarf on July 9, 2013 at 2:03 PM · Report this
Baby Blue 12
I like Chandler's Crabhouse on Lake Union. Nice ambience, good service, and not too pretentious. They don't give you gruff about ordering your crab chilled either, which I have experienced elsewhere.
Posted by Baby Blue on July 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM · Report this
Crab is usually included in the brunch buffet at Salty's.
Posted by restlessnative on July 9, 2013 at 2:36 PM · Report this
I don't know about the crab at Taylor's but the oysters in the tanks are disappointing. For all the excellent super-fresh oysters available in restaurants in this town nowadays it's incredible that buying them that fresh yourself is so difficult. Tank oysters taste like tank water. That's what's in them. Iced oysters get desiccated quickly. The farmer's markets have the best but why havent' the retail outlets figured out how to maintain and sell a fresh oyster?
Posted by ejamadoodle on July 9, 2013 at 3:23 PM · Report this
rtm 15
Just this about Bar Sajor - the atmosphere was lovely, and perhaps the crab is fine, but it drove me nuts that when I was there they did not have one thing on the menu that was simple. Every dish had some offputting ingredient. Every one. Maybe I would have loved the rancid lime butter. Perhaps the picked oxtail was fantastic. But it's disrespectful to not have a single dish that isn't gilded with some pretentious addition. For that reason, I'd avoid it as a destination for your 10th anniversary. Go for lunch sometime, see if their sensibilities suit yours.
Posted by rtm on July 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM · Report this
biffp 16
We had crab last weekend from Pike Place Fish Market, and it was unbelievable. I don't remember having better crab in Seattle (Vancouver Chinese style crab is just not beatable).

Etta's has a 3-5 crabby hour, but I haven't gotten there in time to try it. I'm certainly interested in reviews if others have.
Posted by biffp on July 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM · Report this
I miss Questionland
Posted by ozchick on July 9, 2013 at 3:48 PM · Report this
Gus 18
You can probably get crabs from some of the folks along Aurora Ave...
Posted by Gus on July 9, 2013 at 3:54 PM · Report this
seandr 19
dip the rest of your life into

Nicely done.

We usually buy it at the Pike Place Market, have them clean it, and then bring it home and steam it ourselves. Very tasty.
Posted by seandr on July 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 20
1. Get on plane to Baltimore

2. Go to nearest crab house

It really is your only option.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on July 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM · Report this
They don't have crabs in B-ham?
Posted by anita772 on July 9, 2013 at 7:20 PM · Report this
biffp 22
@3, there's always money in the banana stand.
Posted by biffp on July 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 23
salt and pepper crab at sea garden in the i.d ,,i especially like how they bring it over to the table to let you approve of it before they take it back to the kitchen to fry it up.. plus.. washing your hands with lemon and warm tea.
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on July 9, 2013 at 9:13 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 24
..and maneki in the i.d. has delicious tempura spft shell crab..and if you order the fresh spot prawn sushi, they tempura the heads and bring them crispy delicious noggins over with dipping sauce. you get two dishes in one !
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on July 9, 2013 at 9:17 PM · Report this
brandon 25
Steamworks or Club Z.

Oh you mean the food. *rimshot*
Posted by brandon on July 9, 2013 at 10:38 PM · Report this
@20 YES. This time of year I get THE MOST HOMESICK.
Posted by lbd on July 10, 2013 at 10:31 PM · Report this

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