My parents and I have had our eye on The Kickin' Crab for a while now. (A pretty skeptical eye, of course. We really like Boiling Crab and are die hard fans of the fried catfish there.) However, every time we tried to go, the line was so long and the parking lot so full that we didn't bother to wait around.
Sunday morning, my father and I drove some friends up to the San Francisco airport. We originally planned on having lunch with said friends, but found out in the midst of loading their luggage onto our van that they wanted to skip lunch and get to the airport early. Fine by us.
This meant that we ended up returning to the South Bay way earlier than we expected to. While still on the highway, I called my mother and ordered her to round up Ahyi and meet us at The Kickin' Crab:
My father and I beat them there. We were nervous about the wait on a Sunday afternoon, but we shouldn't have worried at all. When we arrived, there were a lot of parking spaces open and the restaurant was very nearly empty:
We put our orders in after my mother and Ahyi finally showed up.
The Kickin' Crab offers three special combo deals with special prices. Kickin' combo #1 is $34.99 and comes with your choice of 2 lb shrimp or 2 lb crawfish, 1 lb clams, 2 corns, 2 potatoes, and 4 pieces of sausage. If you order the seafood separately, they go by market prices. After we found out that the price for both shrimp and clam that day was $10.99 per lb, we ordered the combo #1:
Like at Boiling Crab, you can choose what seasoning you want. We went with "kickin' style" which is a combination of all the other seasonings: lemon pepper, Cajun, Louisiana, and garlic butter. We asked for extra mild, which was a new thing for me. Not exactly sure what that means.
When the bag of seafood was dumped on the table, the first thing we noticed were the huge chunks of garlic in the sauce. That turned out the be the BEST THING EVER. The votes were unanimous. Kickin' Crab sauce beats Boiling Crab.
The prize for the better fried fish, however, goes to Boiling Crab. The fish n' chips at Kickin' Crab came in small pieces ($8.99):
Besides being small, it wasn't catfish, like at Boiling Crab, which is infinitely more delicious. The tartar sauce was also a tad too sweet for me. The Cajun fries weren't bad though.
Neither were the Cajun calamari ($6.99):
The Cajun seasoning was pretty darn good.
People made a fuss on Yelp over the garlic noodles ($8.99), so we ordered a plate:
The noodles were overcooked, but I can't deny the fact that the chunks of garlic were amazing. I want to know if I can just order the garlic and skip the noodles next time.
Because there will be a next time. The Kickin' Crab is way closer to where I live than Boiling Crab. Given how the sauce is bomb, we'll probably find ourselves at Kickin' Crab more often now. Especially since we now know that Sunday lunch is the best time to go.
But for fried fish? Boiling Crab is still the place to go.
I'm off to New York for a conference tomorrow, so brace yourselves for some awesome posts coming up in the near future!
The Kickin' Crab
2675 Cropley Ave
San Jose, CA 95132