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Joe's Crab[p] Shack in San Marcos


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Joe's Crab[p] Shack in San Marcos

avi | Oct 6, 2004 11:52 PM

I just got back from dinner there - what a lovely view, what lousy food: It is on the San Marcos River and has as nice a river view from the outside patio and some of the interior tables as one could want - flowing clean river and beautiful trees. But the food - ich!

Tha calamari appetizer, described on the menu as "lightly fried"t, was heavily batterred and sopping with oil, the tiny rings of rubber calamari [I'm generiously calling it that] begging for tweezers.

I counted four small shrimps and an unidentifiable brown lump of what the manager called crab meat, some onion slivers, a couple a peas, and a [1] slice of carrot in the "seafood gumbo", all in a murky, muddy and very unpleasent looking raux as salty as the Dead Sea - something even an Orc [not to mention me] would reject.

The dinner salad was dry and stale with a tomato slice that was just this side of rotten. My son had a "Fish and Chips" - a tempura coated oil-laden concoction served with stale french fries, the entire dish covered with an the oily detritus of bits of batter from the deep fryer. The service was, to put it mildly, amatuerish [and not from the root "love" for sure].

The Fertita circus has done it again: wonderful setting, interesting decor, crappy everything else. ... Just goes to once again prove Landry's corporate mission statement: "There's a sucker born every minute".

Oh, btw - and the biggest sin of in my mind - the saltine crackers were stale!

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