This little seafood shack in the Mills 50 District used to be a banh mi (Vietnamese Sub sandwich shop) by the name of Saigon Subs (located a few doors down from Tasty Wok). Boiling Crab and Seafood is still Vietnamese owned, but they take their cues from the Cajun south…hot sha-bangin sauces and steamed garlic crabs. A large population of Vietnamese Americans live in New Orleans, and as families started to spread out from the gulf region, they brought their love of seafood and cajun spices with them. Over a course of a few trips, this restaurant has earned a special place in our foodie hearts not only for their fresh seafood but also the friendly service of the owner and staff despite being understaffed at times.
The menu consists of snow-crab legs, head-on shrimp, crawfish, and Maryland blue crabs as well as more than 13 types of poboy sandwiches filled with everything from fried oysters to catfish. My favorite items consisted of the snow crab legs, very fresh and flavorful, dipped in butter garlic sauce, as well as the jumbo head on shrimps. There are a few Vietnamese items here as well like the seafood laden bun rieu noodle soup with crab and tomato, as well as pho. The prices are very reasonable for the fresh seafood that you get and I hope they keep it that way.
Chef’s seafood-platter meal for four consists of:
One pound of snow-crab legs and dungeness crab legs
One pound of shrimp
One pound of crawfish
Two blue crabs
Four ears of corn and four potatoes
Four nonalcoholic drinks
Magical sha bang spicy sauce
Boiling Crab and Seafood’s rendition of the gumbo soup – beware it is extremely spicy!
Blue crabs bathing in garlic butter
Definitely check them out if you are a big fresh seafood fan!
Check out their website here: http://boilingcrabandseafood.com/