by Stacey Kuhns
My friend and I visited the Sand Crab Tavern (located at 2229 Micro Place in Escondido, 92029). This is a hidden gem in the industrial area of Escondido, close to Palomar Medical Center.
This was my third visit to Sand Crab and it was just as good as the second time (first time they were new and still seemed to be ironing out the kinks.) The restaurant is pricey, but is a great bargain for what you get and is fun food (will explain shortly).
We used a coupon from the Entertainment.com book which took $25 off the bill (The book is a fantastic gift and investment if you like to try different restaurants, venues, attractions, hotels and more).
When you walk into Sand Crab Tavern, you enter through the bar (and that is it, just a long bar with barstools-no additional seating in the bar area).
There is a lot to look at inside the restaurant; funny signs, model ships, sailor's knots, great photos, and more. They have small booths right after passing the bar (seats 4 comfortably), or plenty of tables and a backroom that can be used for large parties.
There are a lot of dishes to choose from. My friend started with a cup of clam chowder and I started with a cup of the lobster bisque that has a puff pastry in it. Both were delicious, creamy, yummy, and perfect for a cold evening. I would love to take a few containers home to have on a cold winter night.
This is a fun restaurant to go with two or more people because you can choose the crab boil dinners (a variety to choose from). They come in a big bowl with potatoes, corn on the cob, Louisiana sausage, peel and eat large shrimp, and then your choice of crab or other items.
We choose the boil that had Alaskan King Crab and Stone Crab. They bring the items all mixed together in a giant bowl and dump them on butcher paper onto your table. You are given mallets, peelers, and a bucket for the shells.
It is a lot of work, but well worth the effort. You can be a blast with shells flying and everyone laughing. (It may take a while to get served the main meal portion when they are busy, but it is worth the wait).
OMG! So good. The King crab was giant sweet and tender. They also provide you with a basket of fresh sourdough bread, dipping sauces for the seafood such as cocktail sauce and drawn butter. The seafood tastes great on its own. The sausage is a slight bit spicy and is just a juicy perfect bite.
The aftermath. Definitely messy, but great. They give you lemon towelette at the end of the meal. If you are a lover of seafood, you will not be disappointed -Recommended. Another hidden gem.