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Recommendatiion/warning about "Joe's Crab Shack" chain in Chi suburbs? [Moved from Chicago]

MikeLM Jul 5, 2006 10:34 PM

Got an ad with minor coupons from Joe's Crab Shack. The pictures look yummy - naturally - and I wonder if I should take a chance.

Any experience with this outfit?



  1. ChinoWayne Jul 9, 2006 07:15 PM

    Let me chime in as a member of the chorus: Don't waste your time or money at this themed rip off. The food is bad, the store in Newport Beach, California is a sucker tourist magnet.

    1. zorra Jul 9, 2006 03:29 AM

      Stay away. Ear-splittingly noisy with overpriced, mediocre, greasy food.

      1. m
        MikeLM Jul 7, 2006 09:21 PM

        Hoooooo boy!
        Glad I asked.



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        1. re: MikeLM
          Sherri Jul 7, 2006 11:03 PM

          MikeLM, I should have added that you should give the coupon to someone you thoroughly despise. It is the only good use for it that I can think of.

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          Sherri Jul 7, 2006 04:24 PM

          Unless you are seriously masochistic, avoid this place at all costs. The other posters have hit it dead on - loud, tacky, trying-too-hard-to-be "fun" with lousy food is not a place to eat for chowhounds. The food was abysmal on my first, last and (please God) only visit last month - have you ever tasted deep-fried lobster? Joe should be shot! The very best thing that I can say about Joe's Crab Shack is there were plenty of paper towels, my beer was cold and no one got sick. Even if your meal is free, you cannot afford Joe's Crab Shack. Stay Away!

          1. m
            mattlap_2000 Jul 7, 2006 01:40 PM

            It's miserable - it's TGI Friday's with clams.

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            1. re: mattlap_2000
              Katie Nell Jul 7, 2006 04:17 PM

              I usually compare it to Long John Silver's, but four times the price! And the singing and dancing is really frightening... do not go if you don't like your waiter standing on tables and shaking his/ her ass!

              1. re: mattlap_2000
                yayadave Jul 9, 2006 10:38 PM

                Isn't that a little harsh on Friday's?

              2. r
                RMaris9 Jul 6, 2006 10:23 PM

                Mostly remember not to confuse Joe's Crabshack with Joe's Prime Seafood and Steak! The former is not-so-good; the later is very good.

                1. j
                  jim1126 Jul 6, 2006 09:19 PM

                  Avoid this place at all costs. Mostly deep fried (but always frozen) seafood, screaming kids everywhere, pitifully weak drinks. LOUD. In short, the worst of everything a chain restaurant has to offer.

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