The Kickin' Crab

3611 S. Bristol St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
The Kickin' Crab +

Kevin Lara


  • $$
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Necessary
The first thing to get at the Kickin' Crab is the shrimp. The high meat-to-effort ratio is the best value for the buck. Since you're actually paying for the part you throw away more than the part you eat, the lower yields of the fresh crawfish should be your second choice. For sauce, asking for mild is sufficient. Dare to go hotter, and OSHA-approved goggles should be required, lest the caustic stuff splash into your eye and render you blind. As with all restaurants like this, the fun is in getting your palms thoroughly greased with the red-tinged sauce and your fingernails jammed with garlicky gunk and crab innards. It plays to our basest kid instincts, indulging us in the urge to eat with our hands before Emily Post-imposed manners got in the way.

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