To properly observe National Crabmeat Day, we count down the most promising new entrants into the ever-competitive crab game.
8. Hot N Juicy Crawfish (Los Angeles)
At the first LA location of this Vegas-based mini-chain, your food'll mostly be delivered by bag-and-bucket, the former to contain the juice and the latter for strength training with your warrior monk who's about to teach you the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique.
7. Crab Hut (San Diego)
The Hut's opened up a spacious downtown outpost for vaunted Louisiana-style goodness including chedder & jalapeno Crab Poppers and "Authentic Boils" -- crawfish, lobster, snow crab & more -- where you choose the level of spice (Mild to K.O.)...
6. Desmond's Steakhouse (New York)
Here're the twin crab cakes with "no filler" -- just crab meat with a light crusting of breadcrumbs and lemon-lime mayo.
5. Sabuku (also San Diego)
Tempt fate with the On Death Roll, which includes tempura fried soft shell crab, blackened albacore, avocado, ponzu sauce, and green onions -- plus "Suicide Sauce".
4. Edgar Bar & Kitchen (Washington DC)
These five mini crab cakes (with smoked paprika sauce) are to regular crab cakes what sliders are to burgers (... better).
3. Pier 213 (Atlanta)
After eight years of providing seafood for ATL restaurant heavyweights, the family behind Irvington Seafood in Mobile, AL decided to throw their (presumably cool, floppy sailor's) hat in the ring with Pier 213.
2. Ralic's (Philly)
Ralic's on South is an ocean mural-equipped, two-story seafood-ery from the guy behind Ralic's Steakhouse, with tons of interior details that won't be there for long because there's A GIANT F***ING OCTOPUS OUT FRONT.
1. Seatown Snack Bar (Seattle)
Located right next to Market mainstay Etta's, this vittlery from James (and actual) Beard'd chef Tom Douglas is a 40-seat raw/seafood spot slinging fresh-from-the-market cold/precooked eats...