alaMar Kitchen & Bar
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You can build your own seafood boil at this Michelin-recommended Caribbean-inspired seafood spot from season 18 Top Chef contestant Nelson German. Start with your protein—Dungeness crab, Alaskan snow crab, or white Gulf shrimp; then choose your sauce—romesco butter, chile pepper scampi (German’s favorite), or rosemary “Steph” curry (the most popular, possibly just because of the name); then, decide on your spice level—mild, hot, fire, or inferno; and pick your add-ons: andouille sausage, white corn, or Yukon gold potato wedges. If you’re not drooling, we don’t even know who you are anymore. There is also a slew of creative cocktails on the menu, including several by Sobre Mesa, German’s Afro-Latino cocktail and tapas bar that’s just a few blocks away.