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Weekend Seafood - Cracked Crab in Pismo Beach

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Cracked Crab is my seafood fantasy come true.

Many years ago my dad knew the owner of one of those really ghetto seafood places on the Redondo Pier. I'm talking newspaper-spread-out-over-the-wooden-table, sit-at-the-bench-with-a-bib and eat-while-fighting-off-the-seagulls kind of ghetto. And since dad knew the owner, the seafood came like a tsunami and I was spoiled beyond belief. Unfortunately that place closed down years ago and I've been at a loss for a hard core, bang-on-the-crab-with-a-mallet restaurant.

But all it took is a road trip out to Morro Bay to solve my problem! Cracked crab is right off the 101 in the sunny and relaxed town of Pismo Beach, CA. About 180 miles north of Los Angeles.

The menu changes and is printed daily depending on what's fresh. The quality is top notch and the service is wonderful. Mike the owner likes to come out and chat and I had the pleasure of speaking with him for a little bit. The meal is exhausting, it took us an hour and a half to eat the three kinds of crab. It takes concentration, creative problem solving skills, manual dexterity and a good amount of determination to pick through the massive amount of crabs. But hey, if you've made it this far out of town, you might as well go for the whole nine yards. This place is quite a find for me and I can't wait to come back.

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Cracked Crab
751 Price St.
Pismo Beach, CA 93449