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Redondo Pier Report -- Joe's

Mr Grub | Jul 30, 200103:17 PM

By some mysterious coincidence with last week's Redondo Pier thread, La Famiglia Grub attended a birthday dinner for twin 7-yr-olds at Joe's Crab Shack. Think Chuck E. Cheese By the Bay or Ed Devebic's Wharfside, only without the gourmet food. Dancing disco servers! Balloon animal hats! Conga lines! 'N Synch! The BeeGees! Picnic tables! Screaming! Sweat! Fun 'o plenty!

And the food: Fried fish! Fried clams! Fried squid! Fried shrimp! You name it, we fry it! On the plus side, there are a few broiled selections, although La Grubbe's halibut was marginal at best. One menu keeper. The Grubman's "stew pot," an oval baking pan stuffed with crawfish, shrimp, mussels, king crab, potatoes & some greens a bit too liberally sprinkled with some Prudhomme Magic, was actually excellent, I think. It's difficult to focus on one sense, when all the others are on overload.

The twin 7-yr-olds loved it. Most folks over, say, 12 seemed to be in agony. Maybe, on a weekday, on the deck overlooking the channel, with careful menu selections ... nah.

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