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Friday, August 31, 2012

Peace, love and crabs

One day last spring Drew called me at work and told me about a seafood place he wanted to try. A couple of friends overheard the conversation and told me "OMG you HAVE to go there!" Tonight we finally did. You walk into the restaurant and the first thing you notice are the staff t shirts -- ti dyed, with peace signs on the front and "peace, love and crabs" on the back. You can buy a shirt if you desire. The music is very loud (this is not a place for quiet conversation!) and periodically the staff will drop what they're doing to line dance. A wall of "surfboards" separates the bar from the main dining room. As my friend Maureen said, it's got a Jimmy Buffett-like spirit. We had a coupon for a free appetizer, so we started our meal with a bucket of shrimp -- peel and eat shrimp in a spicy rub. Nice afterburn. The star of the menu is the steam pot. A little pricey but worth it. Mine came with a whole lobster, two crab legs, half a dozen shrimp, an ear of corn and two potatoes, and a sausage, all seasoned with Old Bay. There are many combinations of shellfish and seasonings for the steampot, as well as less messy offerings,including fried shrimp, burgers, salads, even steaks. For dessert I had a huge slab of key lime pie. Very refreshing and very shareable. Let's get cracking . . . Joe's Crab Shack on Urbanspoon

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