The Crab Shack on Tybee Island

After an absolutely gorgeous spring in Savannah this year, we went from spring to summer all in one day! Yesterday we hit a high of 96* and beat out the previous record from 1902 of 94*. Today, is another hot one, and The General took advantage of the warm weather and suggested we do something we don’t do very often, so I took my bride to The Crab Shack on Tybee Island…their slogan is “Where the elite eat in their bare feet!”

The Crab Shack started out as just that…a simple little shack on some back water. Years ago, they had smudge pots always burning on the decks…but perhaps fire laws have put an end to those. Over the years, the place keeps expanding with patios and decks and enclosed areas. Last year they added a “gator lagoon”… a swimming hole for gators. A little freaky with the recent news of all the gator attacks around Florida…but nevertheless a good marketing idea for attracting kids. Plus, for a small fee $$$ one can purchase some ‘gator treats’ and feed the gators using a fishing pole….

This is probably the most diversified place you will ever visit…upside down peach baskets for light shades, and the tops of the peach baskets are covered with aluminum foil for use as serving trays. Tables are made from a piece of plywood and holes are cut in the middle with a trash can poised underneath the hole to accept any trash from the table (except heavy shells…they get mad about that.) I don’t think the couple who own this place ever throw anything out…I think they believe in recycling in a big way. Don’t let this fool you…they really have it goin’ on. Although they are not as famous as Paula Deen, I would guess that their overall dollar volume would come close to rivaling that of Ms. Deen’s Lady & Sons. I would call this place a ‘must see’ when visiting the Savannah area.

The food is mostly boiled or steamed seafood…crab legs, shrimp, mussels, oysters, etc. TLW got a whole bucket of steamed oysters…and they were huge. TG got the sampler platter…boiled shrimp, crawfish, mussels, crab legs, corn, potatoes and sausage.

It is fun to eat out, but I still believe the best kitchen is your own!

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