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Jake's Crab Shack

k8t13 Jul 26, 2008 03:57 PM

Has anyone been to Jake's Crab Shack in Belmar?

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  1. NJDolfan RE: k8t13 Jul 28, 2008 06:16 AM

    This is a great little spot on the boardwalk, run by Chris Brandl. Haven't tried yet, but I am sure anythin Brandl has his hands on must be good.

    1. JerzeyShore RE: k8t13 Jul 28, 2008 08:55 AM

      Yes - I walked in asked a few questions and promply walked out. I could not get an answer to my questions as the grill man did not speak or understand English. There were a bunch of crab cakes laying on the grill that looked like they have been there far to long. I short this is a typical Jersey shore summer rip off joint. It will be gone the week after Labor Day and return anew next summer as another...

      Go there at your own risk...

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        k8t13 RE: JerzeyShore Aug 12, 2008 07:33 PM

        You're right. Ended up trying it and was very disappointed! I make better crabcakes at home.

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        woodjj82 RE: k8t13 Jun 13, 2009 04:55 PM

        This place is a big waste of money and crabs. I will never go back.

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          JerzeyShore RE: woodjj82 Jun 14, 2009 03:47 PM

          I hate to say I told you so, but ...

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            k8t13 RE: woodjj82 Aug 8, 2009 06:03 PM

            I agree. I make them better at home. Total waste of money!

          2. Barbarella RE: k8t13 Sep 17, 2009 11:12 AM

            I had lunch there last Sunday. I ordered the $8.00 crab cake. it came on a potato roll with one slice of tomato and a little lettuce. As the signature dish, and I was told his "almost nationally renound "crab cake it was disappointing and should have had at the least some chips with it. Mine too are better at home. Wonder what the rib eye was like on the menu? Guess I will never know. Another rip off by Chris. Bye, Bye.

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              MGZ RE: Barbarella Sep 17, 2009 12:27 PM

              We split the Crab Ball app. for a snack earlier in the week. We were served six balls and a ton of fries. The balls were meaty and had good flavor, but three of them were still quite cold inside. It was clear that they were previously frozen. The fries were not blanched properly and consequently were greasy and soggy.

              I love the location, feel, and basic concept of the "Shack." Further, I think Brandl is a talented chef and I respect his ethic and the manner in which he has responded to criticisms of the Restaurant. Perhaps, there is a chance Jake's Crab Shack could evolve and please food geeks, but I wouldn't be particularly surprised if it doesn't.

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                DinnerChick11 RE: MGZ Sep 19, 2009 08:53 PM

                I walked in, checked out the menu and was dissapointed. Mostly fried items, not even much seafood---expected to see cooked crabs, not just crab cakes....did not try anything.

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              kvster RE: k8t13 Aug 8, 2012 05:54 PM

              As a born and bread Jersey girl, I spend a ton of time at the shore. In fact, as a summer resident of Spring Lake, NJ, Belmar is an easy, go-to area for a right-off-the-beach meal. And in the past, Jake's had always been a welcome spot to bring a nice, chilled bottle of wine and order a crab quesadilla (loaded with crabmeat), lobster bisque (a deal @ $4.99 for a large bowl) and enjoy a fabulous ocean view under a boardwalk palapa hut. HOWEVER, on my most recent visit, we ordered a "large bucket of Boardwalk fries" ($6.49) which last summer was actually presented in a bucket and easily served 6 people, this year (2012) the large "bucket" was a measly side order that hardly satisfied my 9 year old. Although I won't be returning this season since the absurdity of the fires has left a bad taste in my mouth, I do recommend Jake's....just do NOT order the fries OR the Corn-on-the-Cob (which is actually only a half of cob for $2.99). Stick to the soup, crab or shrimp quesadilla or a mediocre burger. The Views are worth it!!!

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