As a wee one growing up in South America, during my student days in Europe, and all through my many years working in the travel industry, I’ve always been extremely fortunate to enjoy some of the truly best seafood in the world. So I was excited a while back when I saw the sign go up on a new building on the 111 in Rancho Mirage announcing the impending opening of the Crab Pot. www.crabpotranchomirage.com
Crab Pot is a big, convivial family restaurant (with a great bar!) that I love sharing with other seafood lovers. The portions are generous, the atmosphere is pleasant, the patio is awesome on a warm summer night or sunny winter afternoon, and the food is darn tasty! Huge half-chickens, hefty portions of ribs, sizzling steaks, plus sandwiches, salads, and pasta dishes are all available for those who aren’t enthused by the fruits of the sea. But for those who do bend the ocean way, there are options galore. A long list of available fish specials changes daily and all are prepared to perfection.
For those who love to get down and dirty with their dinner, nothing beats the Seafeast! Plates can’t handle all the food, so it’s served in a big metal bowl and dumped right in the middle of the butcher paper-covered table. After donning a huge bib, diners wield a shell cracker and a mallet to enjoy Dungeness, king, and/or snow crab, in addition to the clams, mussels, Andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and red potatoes. It’s awesome!
If there’s any chance that you have room for desert, check out the strawberry and rhubarb “cake in a pan,” or the Mud Pie. Both are crowd pleasers and a great treat to share.