November 10, 2021

20 spots to get a seafood boil in the Detroit area

Something fishy is going on in metro Detroit, thanks to a culinary trend that has some deep roots down south. The seafood boil — also referred to as a crab boil, low country boil, or Frogmore Stew — is a decadent seafood smörgåsbord smothered in buttery seasoned goodness, and it's making waves. For the uninitiated, a boil bag meal looks something like this: potatoes, corn, sausage, and various crustaceans and sea meats are placed into an oven bag along with a blend of spices, sauces, and butter. The bag is then sealed and placed in either an oven or boiled in water on the stovetop so that every tender bite is infused with flavor. Oh, and there are a few spots on this list that have yet to open, but we're keeping our eyes on their open dates. Get crackin' at some of these local spots serving up spicy and savory seafood boils.

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Mad Crab
13351 W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park; 248-965-2120; madcrabseafood.com 
Oak Park’s Mad Crab invites seafood lovers to combine their choice of seafood (lobster, snow crab, mussels, shrimp, crawfish, and more) with Cajun spices, garlic butter, and lemon pepper.
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Mad Crab

13351 W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park; 248-965-2120; madcrabseafood.com

Oak Park’s Mad Crab invites seafood lovers to combine their choice of seafood (lobster, snow crab, mussels, shrimp, crawfish, and more) with Cajun spices, garlic butter, and lemon pepper.

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Saucey Crab
21754 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Southfield; 248-728-4444 | 21639 Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-693-4631; sauceycrabs.com 
Bags at Saucey Crab range from $15 for black mussels and crawfish to $41 for king crab. Meals include corn, potatoes, and chicken sausage. Customers can pick their flavor of sauce or spice, with options like garlic butter, lemon pepper, jerk seasoning, and Saucey Way — the restaurant’s signature sauce that’s a closely guarded secret.
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Saucey Crab

21754 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Southfield; 248-728-4444 | 21639 Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-693-4631; sauceycrabs.com

Bags at Saucey Crab range from $15 for black mussels and crawfish to $41 for king crab. Meals include corn, potatoes, and chicken sausage. Customers can pick their flavor of sauce or spice, with options like garlic butter, lemon pepper, jerk seasoning, and Saucey Way — the restaurant’s signature sauce that’s a closely guarded secret.

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JJ Crab House
2871 Carpenter Rd., Ann Arbor; 734-222-1111; jjcrabhouse.com 
This spot celebrates hibachi and seafood with a split menu for those who want, well, hibachi, and those hankering for a seafood boil, which is served with your choice of snow crab, crawfish, mussels, blue crab, or shrimp. All seafood boil meals come with corn, potatoes, and sausage, and can be customized according to spice level and sauce flavor. 
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JJ Crab House

2871 Carpenter Rd., Ann Arbor; 734-222-1111; jjcrabhouse.com

This spot celebrates hibachi and seafood with a split menu for those who want, well, hibachi, and those hankering for a seafood boil, which is served with your choice of snow crab, crawfish, mussels, blue crab, or shrimp. All seafood boil meals come with corn, potatoes, and sausage, and can be customized according to spice level and sauce flavor.

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King Crab 
10840 Belleville Rd., Belleville; 734-325-7706; kingcrab.uorder.io 
Crab is king at King Crab in Belleville where you can order ramen, fried oysters and calamari, and, yes, seafood boil options. Among them, the 8-lbs. Super Seafood Combo, which includes shrimp, lobster, snow crab legs, mussels, crawfish, potatoes and corn for $117. 
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King Crab

10840 Belleville Rd., Belleville; 734-325-7706; kingcrab.uorder.io

Crab is king at King Crab in Belleville where you can order ramen, fried oysters and calamari, and, yes, seafood boil options. Among them, the 8-lbs. Super Seafood Combo, which includes shrimp, lobster, snow crab legs, mussels, crawfish, potatoes and corn for $117.

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Detroit Wing Spot
12829 Harper Ave., Detroit; 313-246-0788; detroitwingspot.com 
Though wings are in the name, Detroit Wing Spot has a variety of seafood boil options, including the Detroit boil which comes with snow crab, lobster tail, jumbo shrimp, hard-boiled eggs, potatoes, sausage, and corn. They also offer a build-your-own-boil option. 
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Detroit Wing Spot

12829 Harper Ave., Detroit; 313-246-0788; detroitwingspot.com

Though wings are in the name, Detroit Wing Spot has a variety of seafood boil options, including the Detroit boil which comes with snow crab, lobster tail, jumbo shrimp, hard-boiled eggs, potatoes, sausage, and corn. They also offer a build-your-own-boil option.

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Detroit Crab House Ribs and Soul Cafe
19721 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-535-1400 | 27167 Van Dyke Ave., Warren; 586-806-5047; crabhouseflavor.com 
Seafood boil bags at Crab House offer more than just crab. Among the options are crawfish, shrimp, lobster tail, or just get a bag with everything, because you can do that, too. But they don't just serve seafood bags; you can also indulge in southern staples like turkey necks and porkchops.
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Detroit Crab House Ribs and Soul Cafe

19721 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-535-1400 | 27167 Van Dyke Ave., Warren; 586-806-5047; crabhouseflavor.com

Seafood boil bags at Crab House offer more than just crab. Among the options are crawfish, shrimp, lobster tail, or just get a bag with everything, because you can do that, too. But they don't just serve seafood bags; you can also indulge in southern staples like turkey necks and porkchops.

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Crazy Crab
25271 Telegraph Rd., Southfield | 13351 W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park | 26613 Hoover Rd., Warren; 248-327-7400; crazycrab-southfield.com
Crazy Crab has three different locations and all serve up delectable and customizable seafood bags. You design your own meal by picking seafood options, spice levels, and seasoning options. 
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Crazy Crab

25271 Telegraph Rd., Southfield | 13351 W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park | 26613 Hoover Rd., Warren; 248-327-7400; crazycrab-southfield.com

Crazy Crab has three different locations and all serve up delectable and customizable seafood bags. You design your own meal by picking seafood options, spice levels, and seasoning options.

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Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Bar
7838 Telegraph Rd., Taylor; 313-982-7979; hookreel.com
Not sure what seafood boil is for you? Hook & Reel offers an online quiz on their website where you can make your perfect seafood broil suited just for your preferences. The quiz might suggest a seafood boil with snow crab legs, clams, black mussels, scallops, lobster tail, king crab, shrimp, blue crab, or crawfish, and all bags are made with your choice of sauce, spice level, and extras like potatoes, sausage, corn on the cob, hard-boiled eggs, or noodles. 
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Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Bar

7838 Telegraph Rd., Taylor; 313-982-7979; hookreel.com

Not sure what seafood boil is for you? Hook & Reel offers an online quiz on their website where you can make your perfect seafood broil suited just for your preferences. The quiz might suggest a seafood boil with snow crab legs, clams, black mussels, scallops, lobster tail, king crab, shrimp, blue crab, or crawfish, and all bags are made with your choice of sauce, spice level, and extras like potatoes, sausage, corn on the cob, hard-boiled eggs, or noodles.

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Detroit Pho & Crab
26680 Dequindre Rd., Warren; 586-486-4290; detroitphocrab.com
Though crab boils are considered Cajun cuisine, the dish made its way onto "Viet-cajun" menus thanks to New Orleans' sizable Vietnamese population. This Vietnamese restaurant in Warren offers a choice of seafood, like mussels, clams, scallops, lobster, and others, in addition to your choice of sides, spice level, and seasoning. 
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Detroit Pho & Crab

26680 Dequindre Rd., Warren; 586-486-4290; detroitphocrab.com

Though crab boils are considered Cajun cuisine, the dish made its way onto "Viet-cajun" menus thanks to New Orleans' sizable Vietnamese population. This Vietnamese restaurant in Warren offers a choice of seafood, like mussels, clams, scallops, lobster, and others, in addition to your choice of sides, spice level, and seasoning.

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Crazy Crab Ypsilanti
2800 Washtenaw Ave., Ypsilanti; 248-681-3200; crazycrabypsilanti.com
This Ypsilanti spot offers a variety of fried seafood baskets and a selection of “crazy seafood combos,” all of which include corn, hard-boiled egg, and potatoes and can be customized with sauce options and spice levels. 
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Crazy Crab Ypsilanti

2800 Washtenaw Ave., Ypsilanti; 248-681-3200; crazycrabypsilanti.com

This Ypsilanti spot offers a variety of fried seafood baskets and a selection of “crazy seafood combos,” all of which include corn, hard-boiled egg, and potatoes and can be customized with sauce options and spice levels.

Photo via Crazy Crab Ypsilanti/Facebook