Atlanta Food Critic

ROAD TRIP: The Crab Shack, Tybee Island, GA

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When we arrived on the island we were famished! Although we had a late breakfast in the car on the trip down to the Georgia coast, it was mid afternoon when we pulled into The Crab Shack. Finally, we had made it for PirateFest and we wanted to get into the island spirit and there’s no better way than to enjoy a lazy afternoon meal at The Crab Shack!

When you arrive, you’ll first notice the sand parking lot – no asphalt here! It was surprisingly full for the middle of the afternoon. We sat ourselves and we greeted swiftly and brought drinks right away. From there on however, we were on island time and things slowed down considerably. We REALLY had to slow and and relax and, believe it or not, we soon found ourselves grooving to some Jimmy Buffet and remembering that “Mom doesn’t want me home at any particular time”.

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Something a little different that you will notice when you are seated is the table. There a big hold in the middle of it and a garbage can underneath. Everything is served on Styrofoam with plastic cutlery so you basically bus your own table as the meal progresses. It’s particularly useful with shellfish when tables can get quite messy quickly.

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We ordered a small cup of soup for starters – Melanie chose the clam chowder and I tried the clam stew. Melanie enjoyed the clam chowder but I had never had a creamy crab stew so it was a little different. Don’t get me wrong – I loved it – but it wasn’t what I have in mind (being the son of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay folks, that is).

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For our meal, we both chose the Low Country Boil. For those not properly indoctrinated to this South Carolina/Georgia tradition, it’s shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage all cooked together. The Crab Shack does this a little differently than other places where we have had this – they serve it already separated rather than everything in one big bowl. As I think about it, it really is better because that way you ensure that ample quantities of each are provided.

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The meal was truly wonderful with plenty of shrimp to enjoy, the potatoes were wonderfully overdone and the sausage was thick, meaty and cut perfectly into bite sized pieces. The corn though was soft and much and had been sitting in the pot too long to make it any part of this otherwise enjoyable meal.

The Crab Shack was totally in the spirit of PirateFest and had hosted the Buccaneer’s Ball the night before. There were many decorations, banners and such all over the place – it was really over the top. Kudos!

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Of course, no trip to The Crab Shack would be complete without a trip to the Gator Lagoon. Yes, folks – live gators (albeit small ones). It’s really fun when you think that these creatures are practically dinosaurs and are just chilling right in front of you enjoying the sun.

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We think The Crab Shack is a great place to eat on Tybee Island for a relaxing meal and consider it a tradition whenever we visit the island. Mark this one down as a MUST SEE on your visit. Guten appetit!

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5 comments

1 Sally { 10.10.10 at 7:56 am }

I think it is terrible to promote Pirates with all the killings that Real Pirates do. A man was recently killed on the Mexico Border while enjoying a day with his wife and she had to witness the death of her husband.
Tybee is a beautiful island but the distruction on the Island is terrible., The place is nothing but a bar city that promotes drunks.

2 Atlanta Food Critic { 10.10.10 at 8:13 am }

Sally, I don’t think anyone there actually condones piracy in today’s world. PirateFest was NOT a gathering of drunks, but rather a true family affair where people could have some fun with a truly interesting period in history.

3 Joshua A. Thomas { 10.10.10 at 10:56 am }

What in the hell does a guy getting killed at the Mexican border have to do with Tybee Island, or pirates for that matter? You are an asshole lady!

4 Tybeelady { 02.22.11 at 3:55 pm }

I just happened on this blog and thought I would let Sally know, should she check back, that Piratefest weekend gives locals and visitors something “fun” to do at the end of summer. There are no pirate worship services going on, just good clean family fun. It is unfortunate that the Somali pirates are out in this world killing.

Sally – if you ever come to Tybee please come with an open mind and have fun!

5 Atlanta Food Critic { 02.22.11 at 4:00 pm }

Thank you SO MUCH for your input! As you can see, we just returned from a trip to Savannah and Tybee just last night! Look for our review soon on MARLIN MONROE’S. Thanks again and please keep coming back!

Randy & Melanie Cooper

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