Riverhead, NY 11901
Joe's Crab Shack must have terrible Hostess training because although the hostess wasn't rude she seemed a bit lost. I am currently on crutches due to a sprained ankle, and so far, every restaurant we've visited has sat us near the door so that I wouldn't have to walk much and be surrounded by too much of a crowd. This Hostess hesitated past an empty booth right by her station and lead me all the way to the back of the restaurant. We're not really sure what her reasoning was, but she didn't even look comfortable with the concept of walking and chewing gum at the same time so we didn't bother saying anything to her.
As we sat we feared that this was to be another terrible visit to Joe's Crab Shack, until our Waiter appeared. He seemed to pop up from thin air attacking with pep and smiles. He immediately introduced himself and wrote his name with a Sharpie on a sheet of paper towel that was on our table. "Conrad". Danny ordered a beer and I ordered an ice water, and he skipped off to give us more time to look at our menus.
Upon looking at the menus Danny and I couldn't believe our choices! I won't bore you with all the items on the menu (you can check that out on their website). After careful deliberation we decided on The Bean Town Bake. Two whole lobsters, one pound clams, shrimp and sausage with Old Bay seasonings, and a corn on the cob. All for just $41.99. We also decided on the Joe's Stuffers as our appetizer, which was clam shells filled with a scallop, shrimp and clam stuffing. Paired with a rich, buttery spiced TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce. I checked out the drinks menu and noticed that the Bloody Mary was served in a mason jar that you got to take home... The Bloody Mary ALSO includes a crab leg as garnish. It was a no-brainer. The VERY friendly and continuously PEPPY Conrad took our order and skipped away like before to fill our order.
I wouldn't order this appetizer again, but I definitely didn't hate it.
Bloody Mary-soaked celery is AWESOME!!!
And then... Our entree arrived.
Whatta sight it was! We killed off the clams and shrimp with ease and pleasure. It was time to attack the star of the feast. We grabbed a lobster each and cracked right in.
Delicious juices poured out, and I immediately led it to my mouth. Natural lobster loveliness mixed with mild spices poured over my tongue and sent me into euphoria. The meat was sweet and succulent. And I was pleasantly surprised with a good helping of tomalley and bright orange roe. Even the melted butter was extraordinarily delicious.
Danny and I worked through each of our lobsters like the pros we are. Not one gram of meat was left of those lobsters. After the lobsters, we drenched the potatoes and corn with the melted butter and devoured it all. We sat back with our bellies full, drunk in a food-coma stupor. Okay, one more order...
OMG! Totally worth the tummy pains! Delicious vanilla ice cream in fantastic root beer. If you EVER get the chance to end a meal with a root beer float, DO IT!
Sooooooo... Conclusion? GO! But avoid the Oceanside location. The employees there are disgusting trash. DO visit the Riverhead location if you have a chance and ask for Conrad. He's super.
Thanks for reading! :)