Joe’s Crab Shack is our usual dinner spot when my sister in-law comes to town. It’s not too far from the airport, and we can still hop on the 408 to avoid traffic. Joe’s is located at 4601 South Semoran Blvd (SR436), not too far from the Orlando International Airport. It’s next door to High Tide Harry’s.
There are many good things about Joe’s. First, they offer both indoor and outdoor patio dining. We usually eat inside because of the heat, but the patio dining is awesome. They also have a full service bar. My sister in-law and I always sample the recommended drink. We started this visit with a Shark Bite—a combination of Bacardi Limon Rum, Skyy Vodka, Blue Curacao, sweet and sour, and a shot of grenadine. I was fairly happy after that but my sister in-law ordered us a round of Mason Jar Margaritas—1800 Silver Tequila, Gran Gala, sweet and sour, and squeezed limes all in keepsake mason jar (I use these a lot). My husband was the designated driver, so he had water while we sampled the bar.
It’s always a struggle to decide what to eat. I swear I’m going to try something new, but I usually stick with the steampots or the buckets of crab. My sister in-law ordered the lump crab cakes, but my husband and I both ordered one of the steampots. I just love seafood cooked this way. You’ll find ten steampots on the menu plus family size steampots and those meant for sharing. I had the Samuel Adams Steampot—sweet snow crab, one pound of clams (my fav), lobster claws, and smoked sausage all boiled in Sam Adams Lager. You can also order Buckets of Crab (snow, king, and queen crabs and lobsters), fish and seafood platters, sandwiches, and non-seafood dishes. The crispy calamari and the crab stuffed mushrooms are good choices as starters. There’s always dessert, but we’re always too full.
Joe’s is open for lunch and dinner. They do offer a lunch menu, but the buckets of crab and steampots give you the most food for your money. Fish platters start at about $12.99; Big Seafood Platters start around $15.99; Buckets of Crab range from $21.49 for snow crab to $29.99 for the Crab Daddy Feast and $30.99 for the Lobster Daddy Feast; Steampots go for $18.99 for the Orleans to $39.99 for the Bean Town Bake; and, the Family Feast is $99.00. Desserts are around $7 each. There are many more dishes on the menu than those listed here. I only mentioned some of dishes that we’ve had in the past.
We’ve eaten at Joe’s many times, and we’re never disappointed. The service is usually quick, and the staff is warm and friendly. The quality of the seafood (all of the food, really) is exceptional. You can also shop at Joe’s Surf Shop while you’re there (and here online). You’ll find t-shirts for everyone, glasses, and other stuff with the Joe’s theme. Check out Joe’s on the web. They’re offering a Summer menu, and I noticed that the cover photo is a Corona Beach Bake. Double yum. I feel weekend plans in the making.