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Rustic Inn Crab House

red tequila Jul 27, 2011 08:05 PM

We have been deceived by seafood restaurants so many times it's like a treasure hunt. On our last night in Miami, my family took us to Rustic Inn. If you're a shellfish foodie, this is your heaven. We started with raw oysters, clams and just for kicks, deep fried frog legs and gator tails. The oysters were firm, sweet and salty, like how fresh raw oysters should be. The steamed clams were simple, not hidden in sauce to mask anything. We had double shots of the crab sampler...it was crustacean heaven. Between fresh good food and a great server named Bryan who did everything to satisfy a very needy table of five, we had a blast. This place is a definite must go to. Again and again and again. See you next summer Bryan.

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    Alfred G Aug 14, 2011 03:17 PM

    John -- Nice to see you back and contributing.

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      Bigstu99 Aug 6, 2011 07:00 AM

      love it 2 caveats

      1. Don't let out of towners order the lobster... no utensils just mallets to get the meat out!

      2. Stay away from the Florida Golden crabs.. since the Japanese nuclear disaster they have been buying them all up and you need to leave some for me!

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        florena10 Aug 14, 2011 09:21 AM

        I went to the Rustic Inn last night...ordered the conch fritters and fried alligator for appitizers. I also ordered the Conch chowder soup...all which very good. My sister and I shared the crab sampler..the garlic crabs were not good at all, they tasted HORRIBLE. But the GOLDen crabs and the alaskan queen crabs were sooooo good.

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          crowmuncher Aug 14, 2011 09:59 AM

          i always get the alaskan queen crab myself; never try anything else because I'm happy with that dish and don't want to take the chance- i should try the garlic crabs someday though- i believe it's their specialty

      2. OysterHo Aug 4, 2011 09:25 AM

        How much are they getting for a dozen oysters? I haven't been there since the late 80's.

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          Asumnuthin Aug 4, 2011 01:55 PM

          last check it was 14.50... not bad I don’t remember them having a VAST selection, but fresh

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            OysterHo Aug 8, 2011 05:17 AM

            Thanks! :)

        2. crowmuncher Aug 3, 2011 03:02 PM

          + 1

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            Asumnuthin Aug 4, 2011 07:35 AM

            Yeah I agree, I am also a huge fan of rustic inn, even converted my snobby chef husband.
            I take all out of towners here for at least one meal. And every time they have asked to go back upon return. It’s a great time.

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              pikiliz Aug 4, 2011 02:15 PM

              I have been going to rustic inn since I was a kid my mom was a crab lover for as long as I remember. They used to have a second location in Margate years ago when my business was in tamarac used to go twice a week I am going this weekend haven't been in 4-5 years

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              ldkelley Aug 3, 2011 01:19 PM

              We love Rustic Inn!

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                pearlD Jul 28, 2011 02:52 PM

                sounds great...where is it?
                We discovered 'Southport Raw Bar" 2 years ago and it was terrific...fresh and very good food..... very casual and laid back atmosphere..always looking to try seafood restaurants that won't break the bank (Joe's) or have 'attitude'...doesn't have to be 'cheap' but it does have to be reliably fresh...also good Japanese (sashimi for me) (no fish for hubby..gyoza or chicken terriyaki, vegetable tempura). Aventura/Sunny Isles area if possible but we do have a car....

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                  red tequila Jul 28, 2011 05:48 PM

                  It's in Anglers Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Thanks for sharing your find. We'll have to try that on our next visit.

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