My GF & I found this place online and drove about 30 minutes to try it out for lunch. After looking at the beautiful pots of crab online, we were excited to try it as we are huge seafood lovers. I will say the service was excellent, from the host to the server, they did a great job and were very attentive and personable.
Now for the ridiculously over-priced food. We started with a couple drinks...I has some specialty cocktail with a shark attached to the glass, and my GF had a Margarita in a mason jar. The taste was okay, but like most chains the typical measured booze was lacking. If you are going to charge me $10 for a drink, how about being able to actually taste booze in it??
We started with a combo appetizer which was just okay....calamari was okay, fried crab & jalapeno balls were decent, and a cheesy crab dip that was pretty good. Then out comes our meals while we are still trying to finish the appetizer....so annoying!! I had a bucket of queen crab. I figured to stay with crab at a crab shack right? The server told me that the gueen crab was better than the snow crab which (to me) is a pain in the butt to eat. Pretty much the same as snow crab....skinny little legs, that are way too much work to open for very little reward (not enough meat). Taste was okay, but I was still hungry after the whole bucket was gone. My GF had a steampot with crab, shrimp, and clams...which she said was just okay. Her son had some kids menu burgers which he was happy with....not tough to please a 9 year old.
Then the bill came....over $100 for lunch is beyond ridiculous, especially for VERY average frozen seafood which left me still hungry. I can think of so many other places where we could have spent half that amount for a MUCH better meal. This place was a serious disappointment. If you are from this area, and understand what (GOOD) seafood really is, don't bother with this over-priced chain......there is soooooo much better in New England! Sorry Joes....we wouldn't be back even for a free meal....
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