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    21 Best Seafood Shacks


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    I've been to three of them...

    The Crab Shack on Tybee Island Georgia I've been to the most. I have a friend who lives on Tybee Island and we go there every time I visit her.

    Neptune's Net on 101 along Malibu Beach... Been to it three times. First time we were just driving by and recognized it from being in Movies and on TV shows and decided to give it a shot.

    And The Old Clam House in San Francisco. Every time I was in Frisco and I wanted to go out for seafood I would head for the Wharf but my cousin who lives out there said "No." I'm gonna take you someplace different. That was three visits ago and have been back each time I'm in town. Not that I don't still go down on the Wharf... I still hit that too.

    Can't say I'm surprised that there weren't any Florida seafood shacks on the list since most places down here seem to want to phone it in. When my friends come down I go to the Shrimp docks and then I either go with a Shrimp Boil or I do my Cajun Teriyaki Shrimps on the Weber. There is a chain of Crab Shacks in Florida and while there are pretty good they can't touch The "Original" Crab Shack on Tybee Island.

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    3, Just the CA ones.

    I disagree on the Marshall Store though. Place is awesome but I'd recommend going direct to Hog Island instead. I think the ambiance, grab a picnic table supplement your own stuff with the oysters, is a superior experience.

    Old Clam House, been once and was good, again, wouldn't say it's the best in SF.

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    None, but I would recommend the Dixieland Crossroads in Melbourne.

    The owner holds the patent on the rock shrimp slicer. Shrimp is their specialty.

    Besides rock shrimp they seasonally serve Florida Reds. Shrimp so naturally sweet it should be candy.

    Katrina and BP have really hurt this place. Florida shrimp breed in the gulf and then hitch a tidal ride up the Atlantic into the Cape. Katrina destroyed those breeding grounds...
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    Well, being a landlocked Hoosier and my traveling for my employer long behind me, I can say I have been to one place on this list. The Woodman's in Essex Ma. Looks a bit more "upscale" than when I was there years ago
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Capua View Post
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    Can't say I'm surprised that there weren't any Florida seafood shacks on the list since most places down here seem to want to phone it in. When my friends come down I go to the Shrimp docks and then I either go with a Shrimp Boil or I do my Cajun Teriyaki Shrimps on the Weber. There is a chain of Crab Shacks in Florida and while there are pretty good they can't touch The "Original" Crab Shack on Tybee Island.
    I haven't been in the Sunshine state other than the PCB area, I'm sort of surprised that Capt. Andersons in PCB didn't get a mention. Besides usually getting the vote for best seafood in the PCB area, I think the best part about Andersons is you can go on on a charter or head boat, catch a fish and bring it to them and they'll cook it for you creating a meal. That's sort of unusual.

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    Actually it's not that unusual down here... There is a BarBQ place down here just a couple miles up the road from my house that will smoke your catch for you. But more common are Restaurants down here that are open to buying what you caught and then putting it on their menu as the Catch Of The Day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Capua View Post
    Actually it's not that unusual down here... There is a BarBQ place down here just a couple miles up the road from my house that will smoke your catch for you. But more common are Restaurants down here that are open to buying what you caught and then putting it on their menu as the Catch Of The Day.
    Heading down to the Keys, there were a number of restaurants that advertised they would prepare your catch.

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    I was just at the Tybee Island Crab Shack in April. I'm not sure about a couple of others (San Francisco for one) other than if I was there it was long ago and before I started RVing.

    I was surprised the whole Texas Gulf Coast had no representatives. I've been to just about every seafood restaurant on that coast from Galveston to South Padre Island in the last few years alone.
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    Neptune's north of Malibu is just average, gets a huge crowd because of it's location and popularity with middle class bikers.

    Alaska is dotted with seafood shacks. My favorite is this sorta cluttered joint in Whittier:





    My favorite story: A couple years ago, I'm sitting there waiting for a halibut sandwich and I hear over the PA, 'Number 86, your order is ready, two bacon burgers and a turkey wrap.' A couple of German tourists come up to the window, pick up there order and go sit down and eat. They paid thousands to come all the way to Alaska, sit in a dockside seafood shack, fish are jumping in the back door .... and they order burgers and a premade turkey wrap from Costco?

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    Up along the panhandle of Florida there was a seafood shack in Carrabelle called "That Place On 54" that overlook the oyster beds that was your typical shack that was pretty good... But with most things down here in Florida if you hang around long enough it changes hands and goes downhill. I wouldn't go there now if all I needed to do was use the restroom.

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    Hawaii's North Shore is dotted with shrimp shacks and trucks. Fumi's and Giovanni's are good but in my opinion, these are the best:


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    Wait... Prawns and Shrimp? How do I decide!?!

    I guess it might matter if I were on a salt free diet.

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    Only one for us... Seafood Shack in Cortez, FL

    http://www.seafoodshack.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Wilke View Post
    Neptune's north of Malibu is just average, gets a huge crowd because of it's location and popularity with middle class bikers.
    I kind of agree. Another place in Malibu I had to try was Paradise Cove after I saw it on one those TV shows.

    Huge portions, but quality is average. Seafood Tower was a beast.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Wilke View Post
    Neptune's north of Malibu is just average, gets a huge crowd because of it's location and popularity with middle class bikers.

    Alaska is dotted with seafood shacks. My favorite is this sorta cluttered joint in Whittier:





    My favorite story: A couple years ago, I'm sitting there waiting for a halibut sandwich and I hear over the PA, 'Number 86, your order is ready, two bacon burgers and a turkey wrap.' A couple of German tourists come up to the window, pick up there order and go sit down and eat. They paid thousands to come all the way to Alaska, sit in a dockside seafood shack, fish are jumping in the back door .... and they order burgers and a premade turkey wrap from Costco?
    This one I've been to.

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    Took some friends who came down for the St. Pete race to Rusty Bellies in Tarpon Springs Monday night and the Shrimps were sweet again. Best Shrimp I've tasted since the bp spill.

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