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 Post subject: Crab Catchers
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:15 pm 
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Around 7:00 P.M. 11 of us headed out to Crab Catchers in Little River. I mentioned in my trip report yesterday that this place had been recommended to my brother by the captain of his deep sea fishing charter and also by a local that told me it was the best fresh local seafood. My mom rode with us and I couldn't wait to hear her first response to the restaurant. When we pulled up she looked at me and said "If this place is nasty we are going elsewhere" and she was serious. Gotta love my mother. When we arrived there was a 15 minute wait for outside deck seating. The weather was perfect for the deck so that is what we decided to do. We stood outside for our wait and when they took us through the inside to the deck I felt like I was in a smoke filled bar

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We were seated outside and the tables and chairs were your typical lawn furniture. Nothing fancy! After we sat down I look over and my view was a row of refrigerators and a garbage can.
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Oh and the waitress there in the pic is Jessica. I would think they could wear something besides a wife beater shirt, but she really ended up being a great waitress. She was Southern, to the point and a little on the rough side, but I would ask for her again if we went. She spent time with us, talked with us about the area and kept us laughing during our entire meal. Needless to say she was tipped well.

We were sitting right beside the Casino boat
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We started out with appetizers (remember there were 11 of us so I tried to take pics of everyone's food) Doug and I had the buffalo shrimp. They were delish!
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Ryan and Leanna had the Blue Crab Bites. I thought they were very good.
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My brother ordered the Gator Bites. I didn't care for them. They were chewy and didn't have alot of flavor. Of course this may be how gator is suppost to taste. I have no idea.
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Leanna ordered the hushpuppies and deep fried corn. Both were excellent. Everyone was going on about the deep friend corn. It really was good.
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My cousin ordered the flounder sandwich. He said it was excellent.
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My cousin and her husband shared the Seafood Platter. They were impressed.
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I got a combination meal of fried shrimp and fried scallops. If you get a combination meal it either has to be all fried or all grilled. I went out on a limb with the scallops because I don't like a very fishy taste, but they were great as were the shrimp.

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My mom got crab cakes and I didn't get a pic. She just went on and on about them. She enjoyed herself after she got over the shock of the atmosphere.

Jessica insisted that we try dessert. They are all homemade and fresh everyday. She told us all about the lady who makes the desserts. I was about to bust, but I had to try this key lime pie that was suppost to be the best around.

It was VERY good!
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Coconut Cream Pie
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Pineapple Cream Pie
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Don't leave without dessert. It is not everyday you actually get homemade pies this good.

We all agree that we give Crab Catchers an A-. The minus is only because I think there could be some cleaning up around the place. Of course that may be their trade mark and that is how they want it. I don't think that my experience would have been near as nice if we had eaten inside. It is a dark closed in kinda of space and not my style at all. I would recommend going late in the evening and sitting outside. We have all decided that we do plan to visit Crab Catchers next year.

Here is their website with a few more pics if you are interested http://www.crabcatchers.net/

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 Post subject: Re: Crab Catchers
PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:04 am 
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Thanks for the great review, Deanna. Dave and I actually drove up to Little River to try this place a couple of years back. When we arrived we both looked at each other and said I don't think so. I had heard good things about the food but the place really leaves a lot to be desired. We will give it a try on our next visit. After all it is the food we are going for anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: Crab Catchers
PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:37 pm 
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I'm definitely considering this place now. With your review and all the reviews on restaurants.com makes me want to try it. Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Crab Catchers
PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:26 pm 
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Glad to hear you all had a good meal. The last several times we went we were SOOO disappointed! This had always been one of our "musts" every time. Then we had two bad meals and the reviews on Tripadvisor were going downhill so we stayed away. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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 Post subject: Re: Crab Catchers
PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:46 pm 
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Emmy,

That is how we have been with Liberty, but this year they gave us another great meal. I guess all restaurants have their ups an downs.

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 Post subject: Re: Crab Catchers
PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:15 am 
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Haven't been to Crab Catchers in about 3 or 4 years, but the thing I remember the most was the deep fried corn. Just fantastic! Thanks for the pictures in the review.


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 Post subject: Re: Crab Catchers
PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:41 am 
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Geez Deanna - you should get a job as a restaurant critic... you totally nail every place you review.

I also noticed the recent poor reviews on the other forums, glad you renewed our faith in Crab Catchers. Can't beat the deck ! (though we would never consider eating inside).

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