Joe's Crab Shack
My boyfriend is a huge fan of Joe's Crab Shack. He has a class once a week near Pier 39 so he usually walks over after for a late lunch/early dinner. So it was no surprise that he insisted on bringing me there when I visited. I had not had crab in a loooooooong time so there was no protesting on my end. I was just mildly concerned about looking like a barbarian as I snapped crab legs with bare hands. Back home, we rarely used fancy little fork things to pry meat out of tough spots. It was a joyful event with a mallet, chopping board, and flying crab bits.
It turns out that I am quite skilled with a lobster/nut cracker. The elderly couple sitting at the table beside us actually giggled when Joe eventually handed over his crab legs for me to ~expertly~ crack open. I also managed to share some of our food by accidentally flicking crab meat at surrounding tables. Sharing is caring, right?
What we ordered: Joe's Classic Steampot for two and crab stuffed mushrooms
What's in it? Large Queen crab, sweet Snow crab, shrimp and smoked sausage. ♥♥♥
The food was pretty good! For an appetizer, we ordered the crab stuffed mushrooms. It was very savory and they give you just enough so you don't get too full before the rest of your meal arrives. And best part? We got it for free! I signed up for the Joe's Crab Shack email list and I got a free appetizer for my birthday. ☺
The crab was perfectly cooked and the seasoning on it was great (I was shamelessly licking my entirely palm afterwards). There was sausage as well but I didn't get to taste it. Joe was more than happy to chomp those down. The shrimp was tender but bland. I asked for melted butter and it helped a lot. Overall, I thought it was more than worth it. Definitely earned a second visit from me!