Blue Crab Juicy Seafood opened today on Kingsridge Drive, just behind the Dayton Mall. I was the second table seated in the eatery by the manager Hery.
Prior to opening this location, he worked at their Indy location. I asked him what their specialties would be and he said the seafood boils, crab legs and mussels. While the layout is the same as when Max & Erma’s was here, they’ve added quite a few nautical touches to reinforce their seafood menu.
The menu offers quite a few appetizers you’d expect, like hush puppies, fried cheese sticks, onion rings and chicken wings, and you can also choose from raw or steamed oysters, fried calamari or fried soft shell crabs. Soups include a New England clam chowder, shrimp or crawfish etouffee and a lobster bisque. A house or caesar salad is also an option.
Fried baskets on the menu include shrimp, tilapia, catfish and chicken tenders and all come with french fries (regular, sweet potato or cajun style) or coleslaw. A house or caesar salad is also an option.
Shrimp is offered head on or for just a couple dollars more can be served head off. Their is also a kids menu offered.
I started my meal with the fried oysters, which were crispy, with a light batter and juicy inside, served with a tangy cocktail sauce that had just a bit of a bite.
But then I saw the table next to me get their seafood boils delivered and I knew I had to have one! There are six combinations you can choose from and each comes with one mini cob of corn and two potatoes and your choice of butter, garlic butter, lemon pepper or the juice special, which combines all of the sauces.
I ordered boil A for $25.99 that included:
1/2 lb of black mussels,
1/2 lb shrimp (no head)
1/2 lb snow crab
They bring your bag to the table, shake it up so the sauce gets on everything and then you ca open it up and enjoy. I thought it was a nice touch that they bring you plastic gloves so you don’t have to get your hands all dirty if you don’t want to. A big plastic bucket is put in the center of your table for shells and rolls of paper towels are set on each table. Wet wipes were also provided for a quick clean up at the end.
I couldn’t finish mine, so I just tied up the bag and took the rest home to enjoy later. The menu offers cheesecake for dessert, but that will have to be on another visit. Beer, wine and cocktails are available. There are 2 areas available for parties, one area in the back is semi-private (pictured above) the other area seats about 50 upstairs.
General Manager Hery shared, “we can do a buffet style private party with a couple of weeks notice.” He’s excited about this location and says its about twice the size of their Indy restaurant, which just opened in August of this year. According to their website another Blue Crab Juicy Seafood will be opening soon in the Mapplewood suburbs of St. Louis, Mo.
And yes, they will be open on Christmas day from noon – 10pm.