We've all been there. It's a beautiful Saturday afternoon, you are shaking things up and trading South Beach for Las Olas for once, and all of a sudden it hits you: you have no idea where to eat! But don't panic, I have the answer for you: The Rustic Inn, better known as The Crab Shack.
If you thought that The Crab Shack is Broward's version of Joe's, think again. This is more like his casual, louder, and bigger brother. And when I say big, I mean huge: this place has over 400 seats, and on most nights, pretty much all them are taken. Yep, it's that good.
The Crab Shack specializes in all kinds of seafood, but what it does best is, you guessed it, crabs. Garlic crabs, that is. This is the place where crab lovers come to pig out and get a little dirty. And that's OK. Part of the fun of coming to the Crab Shack is to play with their little wooden hammers. They are meant to crack open your food, but mostly used to bang on the table every time they start singing Happy Birthday (which is roughly every 5 minutes). I was hesitant at first, but eventually I gave in and joined in on the fun. Go ahead, bang as hard as you want on that table, no one cares! This place is chill.
So yes. If you are looking for another Joe's Stone Crab, you should probably stay in South Beach. But if you want a fun, casual experience, and the freshest crab, go to the shack. Your trips to Fort Lauderdale will never be the same!
|Alaskan King Crab legs, oven baked and served with parsley buttered potatoes|
|Great water views at The Crab Shack!|
|The Queen Crab and Lobster platter, served with a garlic sauce and fried potatoes|
|Go ahead, bang as loud as you want on the table with these! It's all good!|
|Your humble narrator, pigging out on the Queen Crab and Lobster platter!|
|A bit on the boring side, but still tasty: the swordfish platter|
|Happiness in a plastic tray: calamari, french fries and cold slaw. And lots of ketchup.|
The Crab Shack: 4331 Anglers Ave, Fort Lauderdale.