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Crab Shack Review – Tybee Island, Savannah, GA

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Crab Shack ReviewTybee Island is the easternmost point of the U.S. state of Georgia, and is one of the barrier islands off the east coast of the U.S.

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

Low Country Boil

 

Crab Shack Review

Baby gators! They’re alive!

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Have Crab Shack Food Shipped

The Crab Shack Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Crab Shack Review

Crab Shack Review

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Chicago, IL – Franks Chicago Shrimp House

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When you think of “Chicago food,”  most likely deep dish pizza and hot dogs come to mind;  but a ‘native dish’ in Chicago is fried shrimp, and you’ll find local chains competing for the best recipes and reviews.  The oldest, and arguably the best, is Frank’s Chicago Shrimp House, with four locations.

I lived in Chicago twice and didn’t know this, and having lived in New Orleans for some time, I’ve become kind of a shrimp snob.  There are thousands of shrimp species,  varying in size and color, dependent upon their habitat.  In recent years, methods of farming shrimp have become more developed, and a great deal of the shrimp you purchase in the grocery or at a restaurant was farm raised (not caught in the wild).  Shrimp are sorted by the number per pound, with 10 U (under 10) the largest available in the US.  11-15 would be considered “jumbo” by most any classification system.

shrimpI’ve been lucky to have even bigger, in the hospitable warm and food rich waters of Southeast Asia, like the quarter pounder beauty pictured on the left.   I’ve also had the pleasure of purchasing shrimp right off the boats in both New Orleans and along the Texas Gulf Coast (pictured below).  Shrimp boats ply most of the Gulf Coast and you can regularly get the freshest shrimp available anywhere at a bargain price…..bring your cooler.  In addition to fresh Gulf shrimp, my very favorite is Key West shrimp, known by their bright pink color and sweet meat.

All that to say, you won’t find any pond raised shrimp at Frank’s.  Born in 1946 as the Ship Shape Shrimp Shake the business flourished for thirty years until ill health caused the owner to shut it down.   A few years later, a local businessman got together with the former owner with a plan to reopen. Frank’s opened with the old recipes, and the founder’s philosophy of selling the freshest seafood as inexpensively as possible, and was an immediate success.  These day’s, Frank’s daughters run the four current locations while developing more expansion plans.

The menu is brief.  Buy by the plate,  pound, or partial pound.  Fried shrimp (regular), Chicago style (spiced fried), Catfish, Scallops, Perch, Chicken Strips and Frog Legs.  Sides include fries, rings, zucchini, slaw, and a few other items.   The top price on the menu is $20 / pound for the shrimp, a fairly reasonable price.  Eat in or take out.

I opted for some Chicago style shrimp and some cat, with a few fries on the side.  Everything was fried perfectly and the ‘seasoned’ pieces had a slight hint of heat.  Shrimp are good sized with just the right firmness, and cooked when you order.   A choice of condiments is offered:  seafood sauce, bbq, tartar, lemon juice, and  one other I forgot already.

This is great stuff.

Franks menu at the bottom of the page.

 

Louisiana Shrimp Boats

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Chicago Style Shrimp

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Franks Chicago Shrimp Review

Franks Chicago Shrimp Review

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