Forgot whose idea it was, but a group of us came here during halftime of the UCLA-USC football game, after watching it at Ben’s house nearby. Actually we were supposed to come after the game, but UCLA was getting destroyed, so we needed to get out. But little did we know that the game would be on multiple screens at the restaurant – just great. Anyways, Boat House is essentially a rip-off of the Boiling Crab chain, with the requisite Asian waitresses with fake eyelashes and too much makeup. It was funny because Michelle ordered the “whole shebang,” an obvious reference to Boiling Crab (imagine ordering a venti size at Coffee Bean), but the waitress knew what we wanted ;)
This type of food isn’t very exciting – just a bunch of Cajun seasoning thrown in bags of various seafood. It is, however, very filling. And Boat House emulates Boiling Crab pretty well. So if you have a craving for Boiling Crab, and the lines are way too long (like 95% of the time), then don’t hesitate to make a detour to Boat House. If it was up to me though, I would never visit these restaurants personally. If I want real Cajun food, I would just go somewhere like The Gumbo Pot in the Farmers Market next to The Grove (does anyone have a good Cajun recommendation?).
Chris Hei grade: C
Boat House Cajun Boiled Seafood
25 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801