I've walked by the places dozens of times and finally decided to give it a shot. It is a small, old building wedged in-between new construction. (Ernie's must have been the lone holdout on the block that wouldn't sell.)
Ernie is close to hotels and a major rail transit stop, so it is easy to get to. It is within close walking distance to many of the offices along King Street.
I found the place rather smelly - maybe that's normal for a crab house but does nothing to make one enjoy their food more. The floors could have used a good mopping and the walls are overdue for painting.
Yes, its basically a dive, a joint, and if you are looking for your favorite fried seafood I'm sure you'll find something on the menu. I don't recall seeing anything non-seafood on the menu (if there was, I didn't see it) - so if you don't like crabs, shrimp, don't go.
If this is your kind of place, you won't be disappoint but for me, it doesn't deserve a return trip. Sorry, Ernie.
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