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Garlic crabs at Anglesea Pub, FLL

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Garlic crabs at Anglesea Pub, FLL

JmVikmanis | Mar 13, 2006 07:59 AM

I know the question of where to find great garlic crab is periodically asked on this site. Now there's a new answer--Anglesea Pub on McNab Road on the border of Ft. Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. It's west of Federal Hwy (US 1) and east of Dixie Hwy) on the south side of the street/road. The place is directly on Cypress Creek at a bridge crossing it and they have a few tables directly on the water--but facing the parking lot. There is also outdoor seating directly next to the building with an awning over (provided the patrons soon contribute enough to replace the temporary one that replaced the one that blew off in Wilma--as the sign says, "we don't need no stinkin' FEMA) Inside is pretty large with two bars and a dance floor. Last night the Swahili Reggae band was playing oldies--go figure! The menu is on the paper placemats and includes just about everything you could ever ask for. It's truly international with dishes listed as Norwegian, South African, Irish, and everything else. The chef is British so there's fish and chips (served authentically in newspaper cones)and shepard's pie. But the big draw is the garlic crabs. 2# for $20.95. There's also a 1# portion for some lesser amount. Our party of 6 had 8# and a side of meatloaf and thanks to the still great metabolism of the youngest among us, finished every morsel. The crabs are bigger and easier to eat than those we've had at Rustic Inn on Griffin road near the FLL airport. They have obvious pieces of garlic and come swimming in a butter/oil sauce with just a dusting of old bay or some similar seafood seasoning. Everyone in our group was groaning with pleasure as we slurped them down with buckets of Corona at a reasonable $15 for a bucket of 5. With a cool breeze blowing and a table on the water a comfortable distance from the rather loud music, we were in SoFL heaven.

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