Looking for a casual seafood restaurant with good food and great atmosphere? Look no further. The Crab Shack is located on Chimney Creek, right off the main road connecting Savannah and Tybee Island. Turn right after mile marker 33, and then left – now, if you happen to turn the wrong way – there will be signs all the way letting you know this is “The wrong way to the Crab Shack”. So in this case, the old saying “you can’t miss it”, is actually true.
The parking lot is dusty, crowded and there is usually a long line at the hostess station – but don’t despair. The experience, and the food, is well worth the wait. Relax, and take it easy. You can order a cool drink at the bar if you like, or let the kids enjoy watching the alligators in the pond while you wait. Before you know it, you’ll be seated outside on the deck, or “inside” on the screened-in porch with ceiling fans. Either way – it is casual waterfront dining Crab Shack style. Both visitors and locals enjoy the casual atmosphere at the Crab Shack. This place is nothing but true vacation with festive, colorful lights in the trees and plenty of people watching available. The Crab Shack slogan is; “Where the elite eat in their bare feet”, and we might actually want to add “using their bare hands”. There is absolutely no need to dress up to visit this establishment, come as you are – or put on your best Hawaiian shirt, shorts and flip-flops to fit right in with the rest of the gang. Even the furniture is casual. The table has what looks like a pizza tray, underneath there is a cut out hole with garbage can for scraps. An absolutely perfect construction for eating seafood!
The most popular dish on the menu is Capt’n Crab’s Sampler – a platter piled high with an assortment of delicious seafood low-country style with corn, potatoes and sausage. The platter is placed right on the pizza tray and is served with drawn butter.
You get plenty of food, so be prepared to hang out for a while. If this is your first time, don’t be afraid to ask your server to show you how to break into crab or crawfish. He or she will be glad to help. At this point, it’s all of a sudden clear that the garbage can right under the table was a really clever idea. The food is tasty, but it can be kind of messy.
I have heard that the Key Lime Pie is wonderful, but personally, I had “my hands full” with seafood. Despite the huge amount of food piled on the platter, we surprised ourselves by finish off every little bit of food. There was no need for doggie bags here!
A trip to the Crab Shack is much more than a meal – it’s an experience that the whole family can enjoy. But don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself next time you visit Tybee Island.