As the hot humid days of summer roll in, there are certain things to look forward to: Laying out by the pool, travelling for vacation, spending time outside and of course, crab season! Whether you prefer snow crab legs, dungeness or hard shell crabs, and whether you like them chilled, steamed or covered in seasoning, there is nothing quite like the sweet, succulent taste of crab meat. As long as you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you can enjoy crab every day of the week. Here’s where to find the best specials in Philadelphia, including many all-you-can-eat deals.
This beautifully decorated seafood joint, located on a quaint street in University City, is the 4th location of the Doc Magrogan group of seafood restaurants. On Sunday nights, enjoy all you can eat snow crab legs for $22.99 from 3-9pm. 3432 Sansom St.
For Pete's Sake
This popular neighborhood pub in Queen’s Village is cozy and small on the inside but during spring and summer months, offers outside seating. Every Monday night starting at 5pm, enjoy AYCE snow crab legs for $25 served with corn on the cob and potatoes. 900 S. Front St.
Coco’s looks like a dive from the outside, but is known to serve surprisingly good food. This neighborhood sports bar located in Jeweler’s Row, offers AYCE snow crab legs every Monday for $23.99. This includes salad and fries. 112 South 8th St.
This Southern soul food restaurant offers All You Can Eat (AYCE) Alaskan crab legs every Tuesday starting at 5pm. Cost is $22.95 and comes with your choice of 2 sides. Plus it coincides with open blues, soul and r&b jam session and 1-2-3-4-5 specials, which include $1 hot dogs, $2 yeungling drafts, $3 heinekens, $4 buffalo wings and their version of the $5 city wide special (pbr with shot of jack daniels). 1400 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Although typically known for their pizzas and stromboli’s, Tuesday night is Crab Night at this popular eatery on East Passyunk Ave. Enjoy snow crab clusters for $16.95 per lb and Blue claw Crabs at 3 for $10. Not in the mood to get your hands dirty, try their linguini with crab gravy. 1801 East Passyunk Ave.
Reef Caribbean Lounge
At this Caribbean restaurant, enjoy AYCE snow crab legs for $24.95 every Monday from 4-10pm. This also coincides with their Margarita Mondays, where all margaritas are only $5 or a pitcher for only $20. 605 South 3rd St.
Every Tuesday, enjoy all you can eat seafood fest for $25. This includes Alaskan snow crabs, steamed clams, mussels, popcorn shrimp, fried oysters and a bucket of French fries. Remember that King’s Oak recently moved from the piazza to 1031 Germantown Ave, right next to the North Shore Beach Club.
Chickie and Pete's
This sports bar, with locations throughout Philadelphia, is famous for their crabs. You can order their large selection of blue crabs, Dungeness crabs, snow crabs, Alaskan king crabs, cooked in their own signature seasoning, any day of the week. On Wednesdays, enjoy 2 lbs of snow crab legs for only $25.95. 1526 Packer Ave (other locations in the Northeast, Roosevelt Blvd., Parx Casino, Warrington, Drexel Hill, South Jersey, Airport)
Headhouse Crab and Oyster Bar
This seafood restaurant offers a wide variety of crabs every day of the week. Choices include king crab, Dungeness and snow crab by the pound or blue crabs in either Maryland style old bay, scampi sauce or Cajun spicy butter. For a better deal, try one of the boils like the Old School which includes a dozen blue crabs for $61, or Crab Kingdom, which includes a mix of king, snow and Dungeness for $68. All boils are served with corn, potaes, kielbasa, onion and old bay and can serve at least 3 people on average. On Tuesday and Wednesdays, get a free pitcher of Yuengling beer with any Old School Boil. 119 South Street
This old school seafood house offers AYCE Crab Fest Mon-Fri from 5:30-9:30pm and Sat & Sun 4-8pm. Choose hard shell crabs for 31.50 or snow crabs for $33.95. Both specials include corn on the cob. Other specials include ½ price crab balls on Tuesday and Snockey’s fried with crab meat for $5.95. If you arrive early on the weekdays, you might catch their clammy hour from 4-6:30 featuring .60 raw and steamed clams and .83 raw or fried oysters and .40 pick and peel shrimp.