Review: Joe's Crab Shack in Lauderhill
Crab Nachos at Joe's Crab Shack. (Joe's Crab Shack, courtesy / March 27, 2006)
IF YOU GO
Grade: B +
4402 N. University Dr., Lauderhill
954-749-2722 or visit joecrabshack.com
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. 11-midnight Friday-Saturday.
Credit cards: all major
Alcohol: full service
Wheelchair accessible: yes
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For the kids: There's a "crabby" kids menu with ample options for picky eaters—10 different kids entrees to be precise. Kids can choose from their own Kid's Steampot, which features a cluster of snow crab, shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes($8.99) or they can go for the classic Cheesy Mac ($4.49) or popcorn shrimp ($4.49), to name a few. My daughter opted for the fish fingers ($5.29) which she paired with a side of celery and ranch dressing. The fish sticks are a hearty portion and sides can include french fries, corn, apple sauce, celery, rice or veggies.
For the grownups: A friend and I shared one order of the Craveable Crab Cake, ($8.79) which does leave you craving more. It's served as one lump, but the crab is nicely seasoned, and is light and flaky. It comes with tangy coleslaw and a sauce that has some kick to it. I must say with the Crab Cake's price, it would have been nice to get two rather than just one. I also had a bowl of New England clam chowder ($4.99) which was just the right texture and flavorful. Appetizers also include Crab Nachos ($9.89), tortilla chips loaded with crab dip, pico de gallo, cheese and black bean corn relish.
For our entree we chose the Bean Town Bake. At ($39.99) it arrives at the table in a large black steam pot and includes two whole lobsters, a pound of clams, six shrimps, sausage, corn and a couple of potatoes.
My friend and I shared this pot and we couldn't' finish it. The lobster was firm and nice, and my daughter delved in for some of the shrimp and corn. We went through a lot of paper towel and put our lobster bibs to good use. I was glad we ordered just one because both of us were stuffed after sharing this one entree.
We had no room for dessert, but there's a sea turtle sundae made of chocolate cake a la mode and topped with caramel and candied nuts ($6.99) that seemed tempting.
Kid-comfortable: Even when this place is full, it's a good spot to bring the kids. The booths provide ample room and the seats in the dining room are not crammed together. There's a small playground on the property with a slide and a gift shop with t-shirts, glasses and other cool stuff. As soon as kids are seated they're given crayons and a kids menu that features seafood themed puzzles to keep them occupied. There are about 10 high chairs and booster seats, according to staff, which seems adequate.
Service: Food arrived fast, but this was a weeknight.