Our very first meal after a 2 hour drive from Vancouver to Seattle. After walking around downtown towards the waterfront, youngest SIL suggested we just grab a bite at Crab Pot.
We were all happy to obliged, I mean can’t go wrong with seafood in Seattle, right? The best Dungeness crab I have ever had was about 3.5 years ago right here in Seattle waterfront; a 4 lb beauty that totally ruined me for month (I used to be quite allergic). Neways, I digress… Back to the main point.
We had to walk through what seemed like a maze before getting to the front door. The place was massive and quite hideous with the huge random crabs on the wall, a man in a boat floating in the middle of the foyer and red checkered tablecloths.
What caught my interest were the steel bowls on floors with piles of shells next to tables.
Menu screams “tourist-y”!
Bread was served warm, a little detail that I always appreciate. Generous warm sourdough with whipped butter. Pretty good start I must say~
After perusing the extensive (and I mean EXTENSIVE) menu, 6 out of 8 of us decided on the Seafood Feasts. There are 4 different options and we went with “The Westport” @ $25.95 each
Dungeness Crab, Snow Crab, Shrimp, Steamed Clams, Pacific Mussels, Andouille Sausage, Corn on Cob & Red potatoes
I loved how primal we all were, with our personal mallets and bibs in hand. With the bread and 2 starters, it was just the right amount of food for 8 people. We actually didn’t even finish the potatoes or corn.
Dungeness Crab - We got about 1/2 a crab for 2 people. It was fresh, sweet and cooked very well. The legs stayed so succulent and the body was flaky and delicious.
Snow Crab - Not as tasty as the Dungeness crab, with a softer pliable shell. Not bad but a bit on the stringy side.
Steamed Clams – I loved these. There were over a dozen clams in stack. They were plump with a hint of brininess. Didn’t absorb much of the seasoning but it tasted good anyways.
Steamed Pacific Mussels – Also about a dozen of these were in each pile. These were the freshest plumpest mussels I have ever had in a long while. Subtle in flavour but cooked so well.
Shrimp – A few of the ones I have had were borderline overdone but overall also tasty. The shrimps were a nice size, very sweet and managed to get more flavours from the seasoning than the other shellfish
Corn on Cob – Sweet, bright yellow corn. The corn managed to get quite a bit of the seasoning on it, and I managed to taste the spices.
Andouille sausages - I was quite disappointed in these. They were pitiful little slivers that were tough and not very appetising.
Red Potatoes – I didn’t care much for these either. They were boiled to the point of disintegrating yet had no flavour to it.
Items I didn’t try:
Crab Bisque $9.95 – Pretty good portion of very creamy looking bisque.
Crab Cakes $12.95
Not the most generous pieces but it is a starter size.
2 pints Alaskan Amber Ale @ $5.50 each
1 glass Cabernet Sauvignon $6.75
1 glass Riesling $6.75
Total Damage: $256.48 (including a drink, tax & tip)
Personal Rating: 3.25 out of 5 (Good)
Foodwise, everything was really fresh. It was a little one dimensional in terms of seasoning but I got to give them credit for how well each shellfish was prepared It is not easy to cook everything right when it just all gets mixed together in a giant bowl before serving. Needless to say, I was impressed. That being said, the prices definitely are typical of a tourist trap.
Service was not very good, considering they charged 18% on the bill because of the group size. We only saw our server when he took our orders and drop off our drinks. We never saw him again till he brought the bill and took the credit cards.
Other times it was food runners and bus boys that we saw most off. They were good about filling up our water every now and then… I was just not impressed with the individual that was suppose to be the one serving us.
1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 624 1890