The Crab Shack therefore is the easternmost restaurant in the state of Georgia, 18 miles from downtown Savannah, and worth the drive.
Built from the ground up by an enterprising returnee couple, from the remnants of a local marina and bait shop, the restaurant, bar, and gift shop features a menu that offers fresh seafood, local and otherwise, as well as Georgia style barbecue.
This unique attraction is the perfect place to sit in the sun (or not) and have a great meal, mosey your way through an afternoon of tropical cocktails, or ……. wait for it. ………….. show the kids the pond with SEVENTY EIGHT (yes, 78, count them!) live baby alligators! No, I’m not kidding!
I went for the “low country boil” – something you’ll see on a lot of area menus, which is concocted via a massive pot of boiling seasoned water, into which is dumped sausage, corn cobbettes, smoked sausage and shrimp. A lot of peel and eat shrimp. It’s a very generous serving, dumped out onto your plate and serve with condiments of your choice.
(BTW, if your kids get antsy waiting for the food – there’s a giant bin of saltines at each table, but the food comes quickly).
I dug the boil plate big time. Pretty much like a New Orleans crawfish boil, except substituting shrimp, of course.
Also on tap, local favorite Brunswick stew, a flavorful tomato based thick broth with pulled chicken, sausage, pork and vegetables. Simply marvelous. Brunswick, Georgia, claims to have originated the dish in 1898. Earlier versions were made with rabbit and/or squirrel. No such luck these days! here’s a traditional recipe if you want to try it at home.
If you’re visiting Savannah, don’t confine yourself to the tourist areas downtown and along the river. Get out of town, feed the gators, then feed yourself at the Crab Shack. Highly recommended.
Can’t get there? They’ll ship you their seafood, stew, ‘cue and condiments. No kidding! Brochure below, or order here. Ask your server about the local atomic bomb!
Crab Shack Review