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Joe's Crab Shack . . . Why?

M | Sep 11, 2005 07:10 PM

Why did we go there? Why do they stay open? Why ask why?

Okay, we'd gone to the Belmont Shores Car Show and we were in the neighborhood. We went to Joe's Crab Shack last year after the car show, but I don't remember being this underwhelmed. The meal we had today was simply . . . oh . . . wrong. I mean, really! How do you mess up french fries? I don't even like fries, but sometimes I'll go ahead and order them, knowing my husband and chowpup will finish them up if I only eat a few. Well, the fries looked like we did after several hours in the sun: limp, tired and soggy. At least places like Islands can brag that their fries are halfway decent (since their food, um, is not.) Anyway, I got a combo plate with a crab cake and six fried shrimp. I swear, it looked like they haphazardly tossed some sad-looking food on a plate. The food wasn't hot. It was on the warm side though. The shrimp was okay. The crabcake was okay. But the presentation was lousy. Isn't that what baskets and parchment paper are for? My husband got the shrimp trio (with crab-stuffed shrimp, shrimp skewers, and broiled shrimp (I think)). Well, the man who would kill for shrimp was not impressed. The chowpup got fish and chips. Even he, the three year old who will usually eat fries before anything else on his plate, barely ate the fries. He wasn't overly impresed by the fish either (although I think his fried fish was the best thing on the table). Joe's is just a sad version of Bubba Gump's. At least the latter has a certain fun factor and the food arrives hot. BG's also knows how to cook some fries. See, in my mind, if you can't even make fries right, there's something wrong in the kitchen. I'm never going back to Joe's. It was a complete waste of time and money.

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