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Crabby Bill's alert! (Clearwater beach advice)

andy huse | Oct 18, 200012:55 PM

This restaurant is the ultimate tourist trap! Located right on Clearwater beach, it is a convenient location, but the good stuff stops right there. A visiting relative wanted to try it, and ignorant of the crap that this place dishes out, i went along.

The stone crab claw appetizer went for an absurd $25, and for only 3 claws, it's a disgrace. Crab cakes were scattered with pieces of shell and were overly-salty. The crab cake entree went for $11, but only included 2 small cakes. The green beans (the only alternative to cole slaw) had half-cooked pieces of bacon fat in it, and tasted bland. All the rest is baked potato and french fries.

Soft-shelled crabs suffered from overly-thick batter. The Manhattan cocktails had no vermouth. The waitress was snotty and mechanical. This is 'processing of diners' at its worst. Dinner for 4 adults and 2 kids ran over $100, and we all left less than happy. The night before, 7 adults ate and drank all they wanted in Ybor City for less!!!

Stay away from this place if you find yourself on clearwater beach. Leverocks is much better, as is the Columbia on Sand Key. But if you can, just stay away from beach dining altogether. Or better yet, go to Honeymmon island (near Dunedin)--- wonderful beach, not crowded, no commercial BS. Clearwater beach is one giant tourist trap, unfriendly to locals and confusing to drive in. I'm a local, so trust me.

One more thing: I hear Crabby Bill is indeed a crab, a meanie, a real SOB.

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