Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Savannah, Day 4, Part 2, Tybee Island: The Crab Shack

This is a continuation of a travel series to Savannah, Georgia.  If you'd like to start at the beginning, go HERE.  The rest of the posts in consecutive order are HERE,  HERE,  HEREHERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

On Day Four of our vacation to Savannah we went to Tybee Island to spend the day.  It was one of the nicest, happiest days of our vacation.  I think because my husband and I are nature lovers at heart,  anytime we are in nature, we are happy.  We spent the morning at Fort Pulaski, which I reviewed in last week's travel post in case you missed it.  Then we headed out for lunch at The Crab Shack!  This was such a fun and quirky place, I decided to devote an entire travel post to it.

A giant crab greets you as you enter The Crab Shack grounds.



And this giant fish tells you where you can find your hostess!


The Crab Shack is just that:  a Shack.  Or shall I say, "Shacks".  It's more like a bunch of hastily thrown together buildings open to the air that would probably topple over in a good wind storm.  It can be confusing where to park your car (we wondered what was the legal parking as there were no markings anywhere and cars seemed to parked everywhere on the dirt lot) and even find your way around the grounds.  Thanks goodness for lots of colorful signs to lead the way!


They definitely play up the marine theme with lots of alligators, fish, crabs and all the sea life you can imagine decorating the walls and every nook and cranny.


The majority of the dining is outdoors under a canopy of oak trees.  It was very primitive, in a cute "Giligan's Island" sort of way.  Aren't the bushel basket light fixtures delightful?  Another fun (and practical) idea they had was to have a big hole cut out of every table.  Underneath the hole was a large garbage can:  perfect for easy clean up and tossing crab leg bones into.


We ordered a light lunch.  We tried two different types of soup;  "Shack Crab Stew" and "Clam Chowder":   both were delicious.  I had the "1/4 lb of shrimp served in the shell" and my husband had the "Deviled Crab".  Both were very tasty, however the portions were small for $8.99.  Hubby was still hungry, so we split a slice of peach cobbler.  Also very good.



After we ate, we walked around a bit to check the place out.  We loved this "Gilligan's Island" type sink for the guests to wash their hands after they ate.


 My favorite part of this restaurant was the outdoor cats they had running around.  A sign said "Please don't feed our cats.  They are well fed."  It also said they were spayed/neutered and up to date on their shots, but this sweetheart looked very pregnant to me!

The cats walked all around the dining tables.  Being a cat lover, I was in heaven, but I could tell one guest didn't care for it at all for she sat up in her chair every time one walked by.  When I told my daughter about the cats she thought that was odd because so many people don't like cats or are allergic to them.  I said they probably keep the rat population down with all the dining and cooking being outdoors.


My silly husband always likes to do funny poses when he sees statues like this.  Then he makes me take his picture. haha!  


The Crab Shack is located right on the back waters of the ocean.  All the outdoor seating has a water view.  I love how the place was decked off around all the oak trees.  No umbrellas are needed, the trees provide all the shade you need.



There is one building that is somewhat indoors.  It's just a crude structure with a roof and open windows.  There is plastic on the windows that can come down in severe windows.


The Crab Shack also has an Alligator Lagoon.  You can look at the alligators for free, but you can also feed them for $3.00





Of course hubby had to strike a silly pose with an alligator statue again.


The Crab Shack is such a fun place to explore.  Definitely a place to stop if you have kids, or are a kid at heart yourself.


We enjoyed walking around looking at all the fun, quirky stuff so much.  I bet it's really pretty after dark too because they had a lot of lights set up!





If you ever get to Tybee Island, I highly recommend checking this place out.  It's a lot of fun!

Next week I will be finishing my Savannah travel series with my last post of Tybee Island:  Tybee Beach.

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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18 comments:

  1. On a trip to Savannah several years ago we made a point of going to Tybee to have lunch at The Crab Shack before heading home. It was worth the trip! Food was great and you can't beat that atmosphere!!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Kim. We thought the food was great too. I just wish we would have ordered one of their fish boils. We walked around afterwards and noticed most people had the fish boil.

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  2. I just got back from Savannah. We spent a day at Tybee and it was great because the heat in the city was really bad that day. The beach was lovely, but the restaurant we found was not so good-The Crab Shack looks better!

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    1. Oh, that's such a bummer when you go to the wrong restaurant. Unfortunately that happens to us a lot. Or, we go to the right restaurant, but order the wrong thing. We enjoyed this restaurant, but if we ever went back I'd try one of their fish boils.

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  3. This does look like a fun place to eat at Amy, and I can imagine it was very tasty by how many people there were! The alligator pond definitely looks like something my family would enjoy. Feeding fish is always their favorite at any zoo, but they never got to feed alligators!

    I love it when cats are part of places we visit. Our guest house in Austria had a cat too. It belongs to the guest house owner (who lives in the same house). Made us miss ours even more than we did, but this little guy came right up to us, jumped on my son's lap and stayed there for a while. So cute!!

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    1. That's funny that you should say your guest house owner's cat made you miss your cats back home, because that's how I felt when I saw and petted these cats. It really made me miss Jackson. I worry about him so much when I'm traveling. It can be hard to put him out of my mind and enjoy myself sometimes.

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  4. It looks like a fun place. Thanks for sharing, Amy. #MLSTL

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  5. What an awesome place! I've never been to Tybee Island, but this makes me want to visit. Love the sink and the CATS (fellow cat tragic here)! But...I hope they don't wander over to the alligator lagoon. :O
    #MLSTL

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    1. haha! Yes, we wondered if a cat ever fell into the alligator lagoon! Tybee Island is such a lovely, quaint beach community. I highly recommend visiting if you're ever in the area.

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  6. Seafood is seriously my favorite, so I would in heaven here!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. We love seafood too, especially shrimp! Thanks for visiting Ashley!

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  7. I haven't been to Tybee Island yet but it is on my list of places to go.

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    1. Oh it's such a sweet island...you will love it. I hope you get there soon.

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  8. Looks like fun Amy, but not a huge fan of alligators :) We have crocodiles in Australia and they are just as fierce. I do love seafood though. Thanks for sharing at #MLSTL and have a great week.

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    1. I've never been quite sure what the difference is between a crocodile and an alligator. Thanks for visiting!

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  9. My husband can't resist a silly pose with a statue either Amy - it must be a "boy" thing because I always feel like a bit of a twit when I pose next to statues!

    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I've shared this on my SM :)

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    1. haha! I think you must be right Leanne!

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