If you’re craving seafood, Michigan is home to numerous options for some mind-blowing and mouthwatering crab! Crab cakes, stone crab, king crab legs…. you name it, we’ve got it. From Grand Rapids to Detroit, here are the 10 best places for crab in Michigan.
Crab is built right into the name at Auburn Hills' O'Brien's Crabhouse. Here, you can take the edge off a working Monday or Tuesday with the Snow Crab Feast: a free pound with purchase of a pound and a half. You can also try some rarer breeds, like Florida stone crab. Crab cakes, crab imperial, and a host of others join in together to give you a full-on crab experience you likely won't soon forget.
Grand Rapids' Charley's Crab delivers crab on several fronts. Start out with a Maryland-style crab cake, king crab legs, or soft-shell crab. Crab doesn't stop there, though, as crab is part of two different accompanying toppings for any meal. The Oscar topping features crab with asparagus and béarnaise, and Dynamite topping features a crab glacage. So whether you've come for chicken, steak or seafood, you can back it up right away with crab.
Head out to St. Clair for the River Crab, along the St. Clair River. Waterfront views are fairly commonplace in Michigan, but still breathtaking. You're not just here for the view, though; you're here for the crab. Since River Crab is run by the same company that runs Charley's Crab, you'll get much the same options for crab here, including Oscar and Dynamite toppings, crab cakes, and crab legs, making it a full crab experience in a very crab-friendly location.
Dockers Fish House in Muskegon promises “Sandal-wearing dining all day,” a development that will be welcome for those who want crab in a laid-back environment. Your crab options won't be limited because of this, though; check out the crab cakes and the crab and lobster macaroni and cheese. Those looking for more than crab will have a range of fish dishes as well as a lobster roll, easily on par with the best of New England.
Captain Luey's Calabash Seafood boasts a nice range of crab options. First, an entire portion of its menu is “Lobster & Crab,” which makes it a good bet to find crab herein. Snow crab, with or without lobster, or king crab are both on hand. There's also an unusual feature that's both appetizer and accompaniment in some dishes: deviled crab. Served stuffed in the shell and with southwest ranch sauce, it's a noteworthy addition to an otherwise fairly normal crab run.
Detroit Seafood Market, found in Detroit proper, takes the crab ball and runs with it. Not only does it feature crab cake, but also crab in spinach and artichoke dip, crab meat stuffing shrimp, and crab legs as a side dish served by the half-pound. It goes on from there, of course, to feature lobster, perch, trout, and a wide range of other seafoods, but crab here definitely takes the cake.
Lansing is home to Crab Hero, an unexpected source of crab in the state's capital. Here, you'll have access to crab mainly in the Cajun style, which is a clear departure from the ordinary. Start with fried soft shell crab, and from there, segue into your choice of Jonah crab claws, one of three breeds of legs—stone, snow or king—or even an entire crab. You'll be able to branch out from there, naturally, with different kinds of fish and shrimp and sides, but the point here is the crab.
Ann Arbor's Black Pearl does things a little differently in terms of seafood. For crab, there are no legs here, nor are there cakes. Rather, you'll find crab as part of the package in the cioppino, and as the feature in the avocado crab toast, a dish which combines crab salad with mirepoix and the Black Pearl's own micro-arugula.
On the surface, Maria's Taste of Italy in South Haven looks like a normal Italian restaurant. That's until you talk about one particular off-menu option. Generally available on weekends, Maria's features a sweet pepper crab soup that's commonly regarded not only as particularly amazing, but also worth the wait to actually find it.
If it seems like Traverse City's Patisserie Amie is an interesting place to get crab, it's because it is. The name alone—which basically denotes a pastry shop—is a clear indication, but crab shows up on the menu in several places. It's not only part of the Steak Oscar and the Les Fruites de Mer dishes, but it's also shown up in both omelets and crepes. If you're looking for crab beyond legs and cakes, then Patisserie Amie is going to be a good place to start looking.