Losing my chow-cred, but Joe's Crab Shack was delicious!
I know, it is a chain, and not considered a "better chain" at that. Last night, after working a very long two-day show, my mother and I stopped for dinner at Joe's Crab Shack in Indianapolis.
We were expecting a decent meal with lively, predictable atmosphere. We've eaten at Joe's before and have never been either overwhelmed or terribly disappointed. For Midwest seafood, it's been fine.
Last night was fantastic though!
We shared a "steam pot" with their new "fire grilled seasoning" on our waitresses recommendation. The crab was tasty and cooked just right. (I used to live in Miami and New Orleans, and my mom is from California - we do know how crab should be cooked!). The seasoning had a little bit of heat, but not overwhelming, and surprisingly was not super salty. It was actually so delicious I found myself licking my fingers and hands! Not something I normally do.
We shared a dessert of their berry cobbler, which was fresh out of the oven. Not reheated, but actually fresh made and among the best cobblers I've ever had. The berries were not sweetened, but were good, so it wasn't cloying, and the biscuit type topping wasn't sweet at all! The ice cream (regular plain generic vanilla) was nothing to remember, but it went with the cobbler very well, and our server was spot on.
She refilled our drinks promptly, explained the (very short) delay in our dessert service (as they were making a new batch of cobblers right then), and always had a smile.
Really, it was a very nice experience. The whole meal more than exceeded our expectations and if this is the new normal for Joe's Crab Shack, I think it will be part of my "rotation" more often.
So, I guess I have to turn in my foodie card now. :)
I went there with a friend while we were out on our bikes and the waitress said we could double the amount of food in our bucket for the same amount of $$. Was I dreaming this or is this true?
We did not take her up on it since it was lunch..and we were on bikes (you can't roll and pedal at the same time).
For all that chains are supposed to be about consistency from outpost to outpost, a good or bad manager can make all the difference in the world in terms of edibility at any given restaurant, and that goes doubly do at the seafood places. Glad you've found one of the well-run ones where cooks are expected to know how to cook fish & shellfish.
The last time I was at Joe's I ordered a Steam Pot as well. The seasoning was fantastic however the seafood was over cooked. The worst part is, we were right down by the harbour in San Diego. Our party was a little on the large size and as such, could only go there for immediate service. The place we wanted to go sounded so much better.