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“Island Getaway in a Parking Lot”
Review of Crabby Chris - CLOSED

Crabby Chris
Cuisines: Barbecue, Seafood
Dining options: Delivery
Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery
Reviewed April 6, 2014

Delicious food, friendly employees, great music and atmosphere. Fish tacos were well-seasoned and generously portioned. The guacamole is amazing!

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Thank Meghan F
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Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Me and the family were looking for a seafood restaurant in our favorite beach town of New Smyrna and what a great find! Some of the reviews we read were not great but most were good. We walked up to read the extensive menu and by luck they happened to have oysters which normally is not on the menu but were available freshly shucked n served fried or on the half shell. We ordered up some fried oysters along with a blackened Mahi Mahi salad and my son ordered a burger his way, and it was all GOOD! They make their own sauces n believe me it was some of the best Cajun secret seafood sauce we have ever eaten! Do yourself a favor and make this a must stop if u r in the area.

1  Thank Pamela G
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

After reading the rave reviews of this restaurant and seeing an overall #2 ranking for this restaurant, we set out with high expectations. While the food was not awful, it was definitely nothing exceptional, certainly not worth such a high ranking in an area with as many good restaurants as New Smyrna Beach. The crabcake was way overcooked on the outside, while barely warm on the inside. The shrimp tacos were underwhelming at best. The shrimps were tiny and undercooked and served with a sauce that tasted like it came straight out of the Thousand Island salad dressing bottle. The homemade chips were very greasy and barely warm. The atmosphere was also lacking. Outdoor seating only, facing the highway. The service was ok, but the overall experience will not warrant a return trip. Still confused about the excellent rating and ranking!!??

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2  Thank Linda B
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

After reading the other reviews we tried Crabby Chris on the way home from the beach. The crab cakes were okay--we've certainly had better and these weren't as great as the other reviews. They were a little greasy, a bit fishy and seemed just a tad overcooked. The sandwiches had some unusually combinations (crab cake with pineapple, etc) that are interesting but next time (yes-we'd try it again) I'll try the burgers. The chips we'd heard so much about were a bit of a surprise. We expected something along the line of kettle chips but these were like a cross between pita chips and flaky Asian won tons. They were a tad greasy too (we must have gone on an off day judging by the other reviews) and didn't fare well as a side with the crab cakes. Maybe these would have been okay with a spinach dip or some salsa--but they were much more like pita chips and didn't go well with crab cakes.
The beans and rice were very good as were the fried jalapeños. Friendly staff.
On a side note, there isn't any indoor seating. This is a local take out joint with a handful of outside picnic tables. Not bad on a nice sunny day but be warned if you leave the beach because it's starting to rain that CC isn't going to give you a place to get out of the rain (or the summer sun).

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2  Thank Bmcgnh
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Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

We were looking for seafood and found Crabby Chris on trip advisor. We had the mahimahi taco and Maryland style crab cakes. Loved them both, and the limeade!

Thank SEK-C-22
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