Pier 88 tells a good fish tale

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Just before the coronavirus turned the country and Las Vegas upside down, Pier 88 Boiling Seafood & Bar was opening in Chinatown.

Located at 5825 Spring Mountain Road, Pier 88 is a chain that has opened its first location in Las Vegas. Boiling Seafood is a very popular restaurant concept as we have several different ones across the valley.

I had a friend in town this week and he likes seafood so I thought this would be a perfect time to give this new place a try. Pier 88 offers freshly caught seafood boil with homemade Louisiana-style seasoning. You can choose between Cajun, Lemon Pepper and Garlic Butter. Or you can be bold and get all three, which is the way I would order mine on this visit.

On the night we went, I was surprised to find that they had several TV’s throughout the restaurant, so we were able to watch the Golden Knights, the NBA playoff game and the Opening Thursday Night NFL game between the Texans and Chiefs. The restaurant has a nice comfortable casual decor.

The most popular dish on the menu is the Famous Low Country Boil which is a 1/2 lb. snow crab legs, 1/2 lb. shrimp, 1/2 lb. all-meat sausage, 1 boiled egg, 1 corn and 1 potato all brought to your table piping hot served in a cooking bag to preserve the flavor.

Here’s a tip: Don’t wear a long sleeve shirt as you’re going to get messy. But it’s so good. Having all the food sitting in those seasoned juices just intensifies the flavor.

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My buddy Glenn and I both went with the Low Country Boil and boy were we glad we did. All three items were so good. The Crab legs were super sweet, and the shrimp were big and flavorful. You get a ton of food for $25.95.

We were both full and very satisfied.

The second most popular dish on the menu is the Two-Way Shrimps, which gets you 8 fried shrimps and a 1/2 lb. of boiling shrimp served with corn and a potato. At $16.95 it’s another great value. You can also create your own combos by ordering just what you want by the half or whole pound. Options in addition to Snow Crab Legs and shrimp are Crawfish, Clams, Mussels, Lobster Tail, Blue Crab and Dungeness Crab.

If you don’t like Boiled Seafood served in the cooking bag, they have many fried options as well. They also offer several Po-Boy sandwiches. The most popular would be the Shrimp or Catfish Po-Boy.

We had a great time and the wait staff was very friendly and attentive to all of our needs. Our food was excellent, and you got a lot for the price. I give Pier 88 Boiling Seafood & Bar a rating of 3.75

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