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Attack of the Killer Shrimp: Marina del Rey-Based Eatery Now Open in Russian Hill

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Owner Kevin Michaels hopes to slay diners with his highly guarded secret family recipe.

Killer Shrimp

Marina del Rey-based eatery Killer Shrimp is now open for business in the space on Broadway that formally housed TAPS Social House and Kitchen. Guests can feast on seven different versions of Killer Shrimp, all of which use the super secret family recipe that's so carefully guarded only owner Kevin Michaels and his father know what it is.

Michaels, a San Francisco native, was eager to open a Killer Shrimp in the City as an effort to "embrace his roots." He chose the Broadway location mostly because of the beautiful space and display kitchen, but also for nostalgic reasons: Michaels' dad, Lee Michaels, a fixture of the SF rock n' roll scene in the ‘60s and ‘70s and creator of the secret recipe, used to practice his music right down the street in a church basement.

The Michaels pride themselves on how carefully they've managed to guard their signature Killer Shrimp secret recipe— to keep it safe, they've never shared it with anyone else. In fact, all of the dry spices are packaged for each individual order in a secret spice room, available only to them. Also, we assume the dish gets gets its name "Killer Shrimp" because anyone who discovers the recipe ends up swimming with the fishes. Or because it tastes really good... Definitely one or the other, though.

And while Killer Shrimp is clearly the highlight of the menu, people looking for something less murderous have literally several dozen other options, ranging from a Pork Belly Sloppy Jo to a Corn Meal Crusted Pork Chop to Cheese Tortellini. There are also eight decadent desserts to choose from, though the Sweet Potato Pecan Pie is expected to be the crowd favorite.

The interior features reclaimed wood finishes, dramatic low lighting, and a mix of modern street art, black and white photos, and "highly stylized rock n' roll paintings." There's also a full bar with 30 beers on taps and a specialty cocktail program, three 80" flatscreen TVs, a private chefs table off of the main kitchen, and a back room named The Mermaid that acts as a lounge and event space. Servers will also continue the chain's tradition of "edgy style, tattoos, and stellar service," which, considering this is San Francisco, will likely not be something the average guests notices is a "thing."

Killer Shrimp will also serve breakfast daily starting in mid-September, offers bottomless mimosas during brunch on the weekends, and has both an afternoon and late night happy hour, all of which are sure to be a huge hit with the Russian Hill crowd. Stop by on an "Original Monday" to get the Killer Shrimp for the "Original Price" of $11.95 (versus its current price of $18).

Killer Shrimp is open 11:30 a.m.-midnight, Monday-Friday and 9am-midnight, Saturday-Sunday. Happy hours are from 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight daily.

Killer Shrimp

1516 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 673-1459 Visit Website

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