Sacramento: Joe’s Crab Shack

Address: 1210 Front Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 553-4249
Website: http://www.joescrabshack.com/default.aspx

Earlier in the day we ate a late lunch, so we were a bit full when we came to Joe’s Crab Shack in Old Sacramento for dinner.  There was a balloon artist near the front door for the kids while waiting for an open table.  Upon entering Joe’s Crab Shack and telling the maitre d’ how many people are in your party and your preference of where you want to sit, they ask for your phone number and text you to tell you your table is ready.

Since it was a warm day, our table (picnic table with benches as seats) was out on the large covered deck.  It was refreshing to sit outside close to the river.  Our server just went on a dinner break, so we got an alternate server.  It was pretty interesting because he had to hold off taking our order because every 15-20 minutes, the servers have to stop what they’re doing and dance to the song playing over the PA system.  This is pretty entertaining to the guests and Melody was thrilled.

An empty bucket was at the end of the table to be used for trash and a roll of paper towels was given as napkins.  This was perfect for us as (with kids) we usually ask for an “asian stack of napkins” during the meal.  When we finally got to order, we decided to order an appetizer and a steampot (and cheesy mac for the kids to share) after looking over the menu: Crab Nachos and the Old Bay Steampot.

The Crab Nachos had a generous amount of toppings and was pretty tasty.  It is one of the signature appetizer dishes for the shack.  Joyce, however, was unfortunate to have eaten a jalapeno seed and had to guzzle a couple full cups of water and some of my strawberry lemonade.

The kids were satisfied with their cheesy mac with applesauce, but started getting a bit ansy as kids usually do at restaurants.

The Old Bay Steampot came out next and the server put bibs on all of us (us parents, the kids, and even the grandparents!).  We also received crab crackers/splitters, forks, and wet-naps.  The steampot came with snow crab, one pound of clams, smoked sausage, and one full ear of corn with everything sprinkled in Old Bay Seasoning.

At the end of our meal, we had a surprise dessert for the kids: Paint-A-Crab Rice Krispy Treat Dessert.  The dessert came out on an artist palette plate with a crab-shaped Rice Krispy treat using a watercolor paintbrush with three different kind of dips (chocolate, caramel, and strawberry).  The kids thoroughly enjoyed it!

I wish we came to Joe’s with more of an appetite.  The food was pretty good, but the whole fun atmosphere made the meal unique and enjoyable.  We need to come back to Joe’s Crab Shack some time soon.

– Norm

Children’s Menu [y]
Changing Station [y]
Highchairs/Boosters [y]
Stroller Access [no problem, they’ll even store it for you]

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