JOE'S CRAB SHACK
My grandson Kevin and I went to Joe's Crab Shack in Fredericksburg, VA this past weekend for lunch. I had never been before so it was a brand new experience. First off let me say that if you're going there for a quiet meal, forget it. The noise level is pretty high, high enough that it is " lean across the table" to make yourself heard without being obnoxiously loud. We both ordered the Classic Steam Pot, which supposedly comes with Dungeness crab, snow grab, shrimp, smoked sausage and an ear of corn. Ours came with no Dungeness crab but had a cluster of snow crab legs, some (maybe 8 or 10) shrimp, a smoked sausage, an ear of corn and a couple of small steamed potatoes with their jackets on. We also ordered a side of crawfish only to discover what we really didn't like about crawfish. The idea of, "sucking the heads" just didn't appeal to either of us- won't make that mistake again. Maybe in a jambalaya, étouffée or gumbo but otherwise I don't ordinarily eat what we fished with when I was growing up in Oklahoma. I had a red sangria and my grandson had a Dr. Pepper. The latter was replenished as needed it seemed. Everything but the crawfish was good, the sangria was a little sweet but good. Plenty of melted butter was available for dipping. No room for dessert so no opportunity to comment on those.
Is Joe's a great place? No. Is it a good place? Yes-it is a loud, fun place. Will I go back? Maybe but nearly $75 for lunch is a little pricey. But don't let me put you off-there are numerous other choices than the Steam Pots, plenty of fish, shrimp and crabs plus some salads, steaks and stuff on a bun. There are some desserts that look great but you gotta save room. Go and have fun. This old sailor may be back!