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Joe’s Crab Shack isn’t crabby about presenting fresh seafood flavors

On the Grand Strand, and Joe’s Crab Shack has two locations to help maintain the good life of seafood lovers.

No matter which they visit, the spot in Myrtle Beach at Broadway at the Beach or the one at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, admirers of crustaceans will find some of the beloved tastes for which they are looking.

“The food is great,” said Amie Arflin, a resident of Anderson, who was visiting the Broadway at the Beach location. “I love their crab legs. They are bigger than the ones you get at other restaurants, so you get more for your money.”

The Steampots are wildly popular, said Deneige Staving, manager at Joe’s Crab Shack, 1219 Celebrity Circle at Broadway at the Beach.

Joe’s Classic Steampot featuring Dungeness crab, Snow crab, boiled shrimp and smoked sausage costs $25.99 and is a menu favorite, Staving said.

There are a variety of Steampots.

The New Santolla Steampot, one of the newer additions, has Antarctic King crab, shrimp, New Zealand green-lipped mussels and smoked sausage in a zesty garlic wine sauce and Old Bay Seasoning. It costs $28.99.

Another is The Orleans. This Steampot brings some Louisiana flavor to the beach by combining one pound of crawfish with a dozen shrimp and andouille sausage. It costs $22.99.

However, the crustaceans aren’t the only ones getting attention at Joe’s Crab Shack. Fish entrees get plenty of love, too.

Sommer Watts, of Seneca, has a crush on the Get Stuffed Snapper. It is pan fried and then stuffed with Imperial crabmeat, with dirty rice and seasonal vegetables served as sides. It costs $18.99.

Although Watts enjoys the snapper, she said Joe’s Crab Shack offers much more than tasty food.

“This place is so much fun,” Watts said. “The staff is always really nice – I don’t care which location I visit, I’ve always found that the staff is nice and they go out of their way to make everybody feel cared for. They want you to have a good time.”

At least once every hour or whenever requested, staff at Joe’s Crab Shack take a break from work to boogie.

They find a key spot on the floor and commence to dance for customers. The choreographed steps are done to popular songs. Some customers get up and join them, while others are just as content to sit, watch, tap their feet and clap while intermittently chewing.

“We are definitely a family-friendly restaurant,” Staving said. “We have a playground in the back, and we do our celebrations (the aforementioned dance breaks).”

A unique aspect of Joe’s Crab Shack is that staff continuously interacts with customers in some way. For instance, after folks get seated at their booths or tables, wait staff comes and ties big paper bibs around their necks in preparation of their feasts.

Meanwhile, the constant sound of music pipes through speakers and percolates with energetic conversations in the dining areas. Silence is not your friend at Joe’s Crab Shack, but good times are.

“It gets crazy a bit, but that is cool,” said James Fitzpatrick, a busboy at the Broadway at the Beach location. “It keeps your spirits up. If I was bussing tables anywhere else, I would hate it.”

As soon as you walk through the door at Joe’s Crab Shack, you know this isn’t your ordinary seafood hangout: It’s a little bit country. It’s a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.

Mason Jars, a number contain quirky messages and others are filled with toys, are for sale. Each is $2.99.

Retro album covers, including those featuring The Supremes and Donny Osmond, are plastered on the walls leading to the restrooms.

An assortment of T-shirts, including one that reads “No Kid Crabby No Kid Hungry” that supports a Share Our Strength campaign aimed to end child hunger in America by 2015, are worn by staff and are for sale, with price typically ranging from $15 to $25.

Children play on a slide or take in the numerous sights and sounds at Broadway at the Beach, as their parents crack crabs on the deck.

“We are fun and laid-back,” said Sherika Gore, a hostess at Joe’s Crab Shack at Broadway at the Beach. “We have flair.”

The Broadway at the Beach location of Joe’s Crab Shack is at 1219 Celebrity Circle. For more information, call 626-4490.

The Barefoot Landing location of Joe’s Cab Shack is at 4846 U.S. 17 S. For more information, call 272-5900.

You can also visit the franchise’s website at

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