As a family of seafood lovers, this was a total miss! The Shrimp were very rubbery, and tasted like muddy dish water- I gave one to my dad who really bombed with the $20 Orleans Dish, and he said "this tastes like it was boiled in dish water." A cleaning substance was detectable in everything boiled/steamed. The crawfish in his dish were gross, and didn't have the red appearance they get when properly streamed- bomb! (Not "The" Bomb either!!).
The Sausage on his plate was still frozen in the middle. The home of the only Crawfish tail I had to spit out.
Though the service was good, I was a little put off by the waitress not acknowledging that our meals appeared untouched.
The bucket they have on the table for shells and debris: EMPTY.
I didn't take the souvenir crab leg opener because I wanted to forget this meal ever took place, but that's hard to do when it runs just over $82 for 3 people/no dessert or appetizer.
Okay, so in all fairness-if we caught this place on a bad night (which isn't a valid excuse at that price, and the reputation of Joes Crab Shack), their maybe a little hope (e.g. maybe new cook?) BUT, I WILL NEVER TAKE ANOTHER CHANCE.
P.S. if you don't like seafood, and your going with friends/family-you'd do better to fast. Mom ordered the Chicken Tenders which had been fried in the same oil as all the fish, shrimp, and other seafood, and shared its rubbery texture.
I'm not saying the food wasn't worth the money, the food wasn't worth eating! As an RN, I worried about the Hepatitis Risk of Undercooked seafood.
Just don't risk it, poor, poor quality food!! A local later confirmed (who loved Joe's Crab shack at the Mississippi Gulf Coast), His experience was identical-and that maybe they toned down seasoning because complaints-but obviously not conforming to Joe's usual quality.
But at an average $25 entree-IT SHOULD AY LEAST BE EDIBLE. Never Again, but glad we know-I'd always wanted to try Joe's Crab Shack- DONE.
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