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Killer Shrimp: They're Totally Not Kidding.

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The noble and delicious sea-faring species caridea - more commonly known as shrimp - is a member of the phylum arthropoda, subphylum crustacea. Why is this interesting? Well, it's not - until you realize that those yummy little nuggets in your shrimp taco are actually more closely related to ants, lice, and cockroaches than they are to fish (phylum chordata). Isn't that FANTASTIC? Next time you want to freak out someone close to you, share that little tidbit.

You can't help but ponder the close relation of those creepy crawlers while digging into a giant, steaming bowl of unpeeled shrimp (legs attached!) at Killer Shrimp in Studio City (right on the corner of Colfax and Ventura; there's another location in Marina Del Rey).

The restaurant offers a grand total of three dishes: shrimp with bread, shrimp with rice, and shrimp with pasta. Technically, it's only one dish, since the shrimp comes in the same spicy, garlicky Cajun-style broth no matter which starch you order.

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The best technique is probably to remove the shrimp from the broth, let them cool off a bit, then rip off the shells and plop them back in the sauce. Then use your bread slice to scoop the shrimp back out, making sure to sop up lots of that awesome broth.

Garlic + Cajun spice + shrimpy broth = AGHGHGH GAWD HOMER-DROOL-SOUND AWESOMENESS!

There are a few other side dishes to go along with your vat o' shrimp; the menu listed Caesar salad and desserts like sweet potato pie and chocolate cake, but you might want to skip those and focus solely on your GIANT serving of seafood.

You get your iced tea or lemonade brought to you in a big ol' Mason jar - extraordinarily refreshing on a sticky Valley afternoon. You'll need some big swigs of beverage to cool the burn in your mouth - the broth is spicy, no doubt, and unfortunately your stomach might pay the price the next day. A brief meditation upon the image of the steel-stomached Anthony Bourdain might help.

And yes, lushes, they also serve alcohol.

If you shudder at the thought of ripping the legs off of your meal, this definitely isn't the place for you. Also, you're a big wuss who should convert to raw foodism and leave the flesh to us grown-ups who aren't afraid to stare death in the face. And then peel it and eat it with sourdough bread.

Killer Shrimp
4000 Colfax Ave
Studio City 91604
(818) 508-1570

photo by FiremonkeyFish via flickr