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The area’s first Krab Kingz Seafood has had diners scuttling for crab legs and other signature boiled dishes since it opened early in September on Delmar Boulevard near St. Louis’ west-central edge.

The idea for the franchise originated in Houston three years ago, with roughly 15 locations in total today. Co-owner and St. Louis native Craig Scott – who also owns two other franchises in Kansas City – partnered with childhood friend Cortez Burnett and O. Lamar Jackson to bring the brand to enthusiastic locals.

“The community has welcomed us with open arms by coming out and supporting us,” Scott says. “We’re just really happy to be able to bring St. Louis a good-quality seafood restaurant and to share our recipe and how we do it.”

“When people enter the restaurant, we greet them and make them smile,” Burnett adds. “We make them become part of our family.”

The 3,200-square-foot casual eatery seats around 65. A predictably nautical theme fills the dining area with warm tones, images of crustaceans and seaside décor. Guests place their orders at the counter and choose from six seafood platters to enjoy on-site or to go.

“We concentrate on having a small variety and doing that well,” Scott says. “We pride ourselves on cooking our items to just the right temperature. It’s going to be perfectly spiced – not too hot or mild. Once you add butter sauce, it really just wakens up the food and gives it an extra kick. This particular style comes from the Miami area and is very flavorful.”

The platters feature three central options: Alaskan snow crab, Gulf shrimp or lobster tails. Guests can get each item alone or mix and match according to their preferences. Each entrée comes with sausage, corn and potatoes, and a hard-boiled egg also accompanies most options.

All items are cooked in the company’s proprietary boil seasoning blend, finished with a given guest’s flavoring butter of choice: original, lemon-pepper, honey-garlic, Cajun or spicy. So regardless of whether guests visit for the original or succumb to a craving for something with a bit more kick, all options sound great before a viewing of All Is Calm from Mustard Seed Theatre.

“Our portion sizes are huge, and our prices are very affordable,” says Scott, who intends to open a couple of other locations in Missouri, including a second St. Louis storefront. “We’re just really excited to be here.” 

Krab Kingz Seafood St. Louis, 5860 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-390-2400