Since I was already in Seattle for PAX Prime 2010, I figured I may as well check out a restaurant that I cannot enjoy back home in Vancouver. It’s not like I’m any stranger to seafood — Vancouver has a lot of great seafood restaurants — but the Crab Pot is a different animal altogether. It’s anything but fine dining.
You order a big metal bowl of seafood, which is then dumped directly onto your table. (Well, they lay down a sheet of paper to protect the tablecloth, but the food is literally poured out for you to enjoy.) Susanne and I opted for the “Westport Seafeast.” This meal for two includes dungeness crab, snow crab, shrimp in the shell, steamed clams, Pacific mussels, andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. It’s a lot of food for about $25 a person. Other menu items include Alaskan king crab legs, oysters, grilled seafood, cioppino, salmon, and salads.
The original plan was to hit the Crab Pot location at Pike Place Market in Seattle, but we ended up going to the Bellevue location instead. The view was still quite nice, as the restaurant is built on a make-shift pier, next to what appeared to be a man-made lake. There’s an outdoor patio and this is frequently visited by the local waterfowl.
So, here’s the pile of food that arrived at our table. It was a fun experience, since you really get your hands dirty as you whack at the crab legs with the provided wooden mallet. The quality of the seafood wasn’t exactly the best, however, as it didn’t taste like it was all that fresh. It’s quite possible that the Pike Place Market location could have fresher seafood, but I can’t say for sure.
I do have to say that the choice of spices was quite good and our server was on top of things with whatever we needed. I was certainly full by the time we were done. And yes, everyone is given a special Crab Pot bib too.
Naturally, the Crab Pot experience is decidedly different from the Gumbo Pot experience I had in Los Angeles. What other (insert food product here) Pot places are there?