The Crab Pot combines one of the best locations for dining in Long Beach with a unique way of serving its specialty the Seafeast: they dump it on the table!

From its waterside location in Alamitos Bay, the Crab Pot offers dining on a sun-dappled patio, at an outdoor bar featuring a fire pit and a dining room that makes diners feel at home despite its generous size.

While it’s best known for its Seafeasts, gigantic helpings of a variety of seafood poured onto the table and its legendary desserts, there’s a new addition to the menu.

It’s the Crab Pot’s entry into the Long Beach competition for best Bloody Mary. It comes with Andouille bacon, prawns and their own Bloody Mary Mix topped with a soft shell crab. The seafood offers a pleasuring sampling of tastes and textures that contrast and compliment with the spicy and tang of the Bloody Mary mix.

Another creative cocktail is the Summer Hummer ($6.50), which is coconut rum, melon liquor, pina colada mix topped with whipped cream and a cheery. It’s just right for taking the edge off during our recent blistering heat.

It’s About The Food

dining Crab Pot Seafeast

The Seafeast at The Crab Pot comes with a wide variety of tastes.

The Crab Pot is primarily known for its Seafeasts.

As the menu says, “We take a variety of fresh seafood, steamed with mouth watering species, we pour it out on the table on butcher paper, give you a mallet, bibs and let you go at it.”

The Seafeasts range from $19 to $47 per person and depending on the price, the ingredients can include steamed clams, mussels, shrimp, Andouille sausage, oyster, crab (Snow/Dungeness/King), corn on the cob and red potatoes in their skin.

“Fish and Chips sell like crazy,” general manager Kyle Smith said.

Dining: Crab Pot Ahi

Ahi is one of the choices on the menu at The Crab Pot

There are plenty of choices when it comes to fish and chips: Prawns and Chips, Halibut and Chips, Salmon and Chips and regular cod fish and chips.

Plenty of non-fish choices as well. Burgers start at $13. There are salads, tacos, chicken, ribs, steak and pastas.

Save room for their popular desserts like “The Famous” Strawberry Rhubarb Home Style cake-in-a pan. It’s $7 but it’s “For Two or More!” according to the menu. The classic Mud Pie is a great way to finish off a meal too — chocolate crumb crust, mocha ice cream, toasted almonds, fudge sauce and whipped cream.

Beverages

Dining: Crab Pot Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary at The Crab Pot comes topped with a soft-shell crab

Pirates Punch also is worth a try — Triple Sec, vodka, Southern Comfort, Sloe Gin, Sweet and Sour, Orange Juice and lime juice served a half carafe. They have their own signature house brew: a Honey Blonde Hefweweizen.

Important to Know

The Happy Hour is 2-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

They have daily drink specials like Tropical Drinks ($4 on Tuesday) and $3.50 bottled beers on Wednesday and a kids’ menu.

NFL Football starts soon. The Crab Pot has a special NFL package including all you can-eat hot dogs and brats on Monday and Thursday.

The Crab Pot is at 215 N. Marina Dr. The phone is (562) 430-0272 and the website is www.crabpotlongbeach.com.

The Crab Pot opens every day at 11 a.m. They take reservations by phone and through Open Table as well.

Kurt comes to the Gazettes with 30 years experience in broadcasting and journalism. He has produced and/or directed hundreds of television programs, including news, sports, entertainment, election coverage, town meetings and telethons.

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