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Dec 18, 2011 12:25 PM

Joe's Crab Shack ~ Eatontown


I understand the chain is opening a franchise near Monmouth Mall soon. Any Ideas when? I looked at there website but there are no specifics on it.

I did notice the online menu has no prices listed. Must be too fancy for the likes of us to go to...

  1. Still a lot of construction going on. I'd guess at least another month or two.

    1. Joe's crab shack is far from fancy. If you like salt, I would suggest going.

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        1. re: Tapas52

          I'm still not sure why the main page on their website appears to feature a diverse crowd of people gathered around a table that seems to feature a pot containing a roll of toilet paper.

          Does not bode well for the aftermath of a meal there...

          1. re: equal_Mark

            Almost fell off my chair reading your post equal_Mark! The roll of toilet paper you talk about is actually a roll of paper towels that they have at all the tables because some of the food they serve can be quite messy to eat. While not a fancy place to eat, it's a fun and festive restaurant.

            1. re: Check17

              I saw that about 2 weeks ago. My wife suggested it (drive by). I jumped at the chance. Never been there. Looks like it had a way to go. The next restaurant was Olive Garden. "Nooooooooo!" I screamed.

              We ate at Houlihan's. Got my favorite Thai Chili wings.

              And this past weekend, my wife got her Olive Garden fix.

              1. re: MarlboroMan

                they are currently scheduled to open 12/27. they came by where i work and dropped off some flyers. this wed , thur and friday they are having mock service, the food and non alcholic drinks are on them, you just needed to call and make a reservation, but that booked up really fast

              1. re: scubadoo97

                I'll pass - just like I do with most Mall chains. I'll give my $$ to the local entrepeneur - so we defer to the Sitting Duck etc as to Mr. Flay. Olive Garden - don't get me started here ;-)))))))). And this Crab Shack is easily replicated at the house after visiting Jody's, Esposito's etc or should I want to dine out - at places like Mr. Shrimp, Kleins etc.

                Enough of the vanilla in this world. Is that what the shore is turning into these days? Say it isn't so as last week I was in the middle of MD and all it was was chain food, all over.

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          1. We once went to the one in Lawrenceville with friends. It's not worth your time or money.

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            1. re: jkling17

              We gladly drive by Joe's in Lawrenceville to get to locally owned Blue Claw Crab Eatery in Burlington. So much better and no annoying singing servers / cabaret to endure.

              1. re: Foody4life

                We love the Blue Claw in Burlington

              2. re: jkling17

                agree. went there once. Not terrible, just a typical chain restaurant meal.

                1. re: stickman731

                  I trust opinions of chowhounders over a paid reviewer any day

                  1. re: scubadoo97

                    Zuh? Dave Willis is an awesome and highly respected business journalist. His article is about the restaurant opening, not a review.

                    1. re: wereboar

                      You'd have to read the article to know that.