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Where to Catch Fresh Seafood Boils in Metro Detroit

This culinary trend, with roots in the U.S. low country, is quickly picking up steam here

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Restaurants serving bags of steamed seafood began popping up in Detroit a couple of years ago, and this one-pot trend shows no signs of letting up. The seafood boil, a communal meal of seafood, sausage, corn, potatoes, and Cajun seasonings, has long been a staple in the U.S. south.

Pick a catch, sauce, and level of spiciness, then wait for a large plastic bag (or two) of steamed succulent seafood, corn and potatoes soaked in spices. Eating out of a bag with butter dipping, juices dripping, and finger licking can be a bit messy, so break out the napkins and paper towels.

New spots specializing in seafood boils are slated for Allen Park, Canton, Eastpointe, Livonia, Sterling Heights, and Detroit’s downtown, and the Avenue of Fashion this spring. Until then, here are 10 places where to order a seafood boil right now.

A number of metro Detroit restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on the map points. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still many safety concerns and the state is advising that people avoid in-person dining. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the state of Michigan’s coronavirus tracker. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Crab Hut Seafoodboil Resturant

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There are several options here like Special OMG Combo (crawfish, mussels and shrimp for $31 and the $90 Love Dinner for 2 (king crab, lobster tail, shrimp, corn, egg, potatoes, sausage), perfect for picking up for date-night at home or picnicking at Huron Park.

Crab House Ribs & Soul Cafe

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The English brothers opened this spot with one goal: Make crabs as popular as coney islands in Detroit. Get them in a cluster seafood bag, seasoned with their family’s signature sauce. Add-ons for the bag include turkey necks, oxtails, rice, and smoked wings. Prices start at $18 for a 25-piece crawfish bag or an eight-piece shrimp bag; the $54.99 Everything Bag includes one crab cluster, a lobster tail, four shrimp, eight crawfish and a sausage, and is perfect for sharing.

Detroit Pho & Crab Restaurant

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Detroit Pho & Crab specializes in shelling out Vietnamese seafood in a bag, which includes king crab, snow crab, lobster tail, crawfish, shrimp, mussels, scallops, and clams. They also serve Vietnamese dishes such as pho crab, stir-fried noodles, and vermicelli. Grab a bag (sold by the pound) with a to-go cocktail.

Shrimp City

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The name pretty much tells you what you need to know about this storefront near Southfield Road. Shrimp City’s cajun-flavored boil comes with 10 to 12 ounces of snow crab legs, 10 shrimp, five redskin potatoes, five boiled eggs, and two cobs of corn. Add a 6-ounce lobster tail for $10 more. Order for pickup or takeout on Postmates, UberEats, DoorDash, Grubhub, or Clover

House of Gumbo

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The House of Gumbo will transport you from northwest Detroit to southeast Louisiana with its po’boys, swamp boxes, fried okra, Cajun fries, and, of course, gumbo and seafood boils. Sold by the pound and suitable for takeout, the seafood boils are $19 for a pound of scallops, $20 for a bag of snow crab legs, and $27 for a pound of king crab legs. 

Saucey Crab

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Saucey Crab opened in a Southfield strip mall in 2019 before expanding to northwest Detroit this past January. Bags range from $15 for black or green mussels and crawfish to $41 for king crab, and include corn, potatoes, and chicken sausage. The sauces, named after Detroit’s professional sports teams, range in heat from mild to extra hot. Order a bag to go from Grubhub or UberEats, or dine socially distant in the nautically-themed restaurant in Southfield.

Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood

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Launched in Maryland in 2015, Hook & Reel is rapidly adding franchisees nationwide. The Taylor location opened in June and according to the company websites, other sites are on their way to Canton, Livonia, and Roseville. In addition to limited indoor dining, delivery, takeout, and cocktails to-go are available.

Crab Kitchen Cajun Seafood

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Crab Kitchen has been selling seafood boils by the pound or half-pound since opening in early 2021, and they include Dungeness crab, crawfish, clams, black mussels, among others, or a choice of two seafoods. The restaurant offers add-ons not typical to boils, such as broccoli, zucchini, pasta noodles, and carrots. Online pick-up orders are preferred via crabkitchen.com. Delivery is available via Grubhub, Seamless, and DoorDash; limited indoor dining in this former home to Pizza Hut is available and reservations are recommended.

Seafood Boil. Party Tray!

Posted by Crab Kitchen on Friday, March 5, 2021

The Krazy Crab

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The previous owner of the downtown Samurai Steakhouse revamped this spot at the start of the pandemic to stand out from the flood of hibachi-style eateries in the area. The Krazy Crab offers boils with shrimp, snow crab legs, clams, mussels, and lobster, along with some of the hibachi favorites and bubble tea from the previous restaurant.

The Beach: Tiki Bar & Boil

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Summer is right around the corner, but there’s no need to wait until Independence Day to head to the Beach. Choose a catch (lobster, jumbo shrimp, crawfish, king crab, mussels or peel & eat shrimp), which is boiled in a blend of Cajun spices, tossed in a house seasoning, and served with red-skinned potatoes, corn, and andouille sausage. Finish it off with one of more than 40 beers and tiki drinks on the patio that overlooks Walled Lake.

There are more than 40 beers and tiki-themed drinks at The Beach, which overlooks Walled Lake

Crab Hut Seafoodboil Resturant

There are several options here like Special OMG Combo (crawfish, mussels and shrimp for $31 and the $90 Love Dinner for 2 (king crab, lobster tail, shrimp, corn, egg, potatoes, sausage), perfect for picking up for date-night at home or picnicking at Huron Park.

Crab House Ribs & Soul Cafe

The English brothers opened this spot with one goal: Make crabs as popular as coney islands in Detroit. Get them in a cluster seafood bag, seasoned with their family’s signature sauce. Add-ons for the bag include turkey necks, oxtails, rice, and smoked wings. Prices start at $18 for a 25-piece crawfish bag or an eight-piece shrimp bag; the $54.99 Everything Bag includes one crab cluster, a lobster tail, four shrimp, eight crawfish and a sausage, and is perfect for sharing.

Detroit Pho & Crab Restaurant

Detroit Pho & Crab specializes in shelling out Vietnamese seafood in a bag, which includes king crab, snow crab, lobster tail, crawfish, shrimp, mussels, scallops, and clams. They also serve Vietnamese dishes such as pho crab, stir-fried noodles, and vermicelli. Grab a bag (sold by the pound) with a to-go cocktail.

Shrimp City

The name pretty much tells you what you need to know about this storefront near Southfield Road. Shrimp City’s cajun-flavored boil comes with 10 to 12 ounces of snow crab legs, 10 shrimp, five redskin potatoes, five boiled eggs, and two cobs of corn. Add a 6-ounce lobster tail for $10 more. Order for pickup or takeout on Postmates, UberEats, DoorDash, Grubhub, or Clover

House of Gumbo

The House of Gumbo will transport you from northwest Detroit to southeast Louisiana with its po’boys, swamp boxes, fried okra, Cajun fries, and, of course, gumbo and seafood boils. Sold by the pound and suitable for takeout, the seafood boils are $19 for a pound of scallops, $20 for a bag of snow crab legs, and $27 for a pound of king crab legs. 

Saucey Crab

Saucey Crab opened in a Southfield strip mall in 2019 before expanding to northwest Detroit this past January. Bags range from $15 for black or green mussels and crawfish to $41 for king crab, and include corn, potatoes, and chicken sausage. The sauces, named after Detroit’s professional sports teams, range in heat from mild to extra hot. Order a bag to go from Grubhub or UberEats, or dine socially distant in the nautically-themed restaurant in Southfield.

Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood

Launched in Maryland in 2015, Hook & Reel is rapidly adding franchisees nationwide. The Taylor location opened in June and according to the company websites, other sites are on their way to Canton, Livonia, and Roseville. In addition to limited indoor dining, delivery, takeout, and cocktails to-go are available.

Crab Kitchen Cajun Seafood

Crab Kitchen has been selling seafood boils by the pound or half-pound since opening in early 2021, and they include Dungeness crab, crawfish, clams, black mussels, among others, or a choice of two seafoods. The restaurant offers add-ons not typical to boils, such as broccoli, zucchini, pasta noodles, and carrots. Online pick-up orders are preferred via crabkitchen.com. Delivery is available via Grubhub, Seamless, and DoorDash; limited indoor dining in this former home to Pizza Hut is available and reservations are recommended.

Seafood Boil. Party Tray!

Posted by Crab Kitchen on Friday, March 5, 2021

The Krazy Crab

The previous owner of the downtown Samurai Steakhouse revamped this spot at the start of the pandemic to stand out from the flood of hibachi-style eateries in the area. The Krazy Crab offers boils with shrimp, snow crab legs, clams, mussels, and lobster, along with some of the hibachi favorites and bubble tea from the previous restaurant.

The Beach: Tiki Bar & Boil

There are more than 40 beers and tiki-themed drinks at The Beach, which overlooks Walled Lake

Summer is right around the corner, but there’s no need to wait until Independence Day to head to the Beach. Choose a catch (lobster, jumbo shrimp, crawfish, king crab, mussels or peel & eat shrimp), which is boiled in a blend of Cajun spices, tossed in a house seasoning, and served with red-skinned potatoes, corn, and andouille sausage. Finish it off with one of more than 40 beers and tiki drinks on the patio that overlooks Walled Lake.

There are more than 40 beers and tiki-themed drinks at The Beach, which overlooks Walled Lake

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