I am a seafood lover and I have eaten the most amazing hot and cold platters in different countries and as such, I have very high expectations when it comes to eating shellfish.
Joe's Crab Shack came highly recommended and the nearest restaurant was 1hour's drive away from my accommodation in Tampa, Florida.
I really shouldn't have bothered making the trip as the meal was extremely disappointing.
On arrival, the restaurant smelt musty and rank; it reminded me of the smell of a Charity Shop I'd volunteered in many moons ago.
The table we originally sat at dripped rain water onto my host's hair - alarm bells really should have gone off by now.
We ordered Joe's Classic sampler and we could barely finish it... too salty. Next came the main; my host ordered the Ragin' Cajun and I, the Arctic Bay steampot.
Both steampots arrived heavily laden with salt. My host's meal was so unpalatable that she had it sent back to the kitchen; the replacement was almost as bad. Mine faired a bit better, but I only ate the lobster tail, crab legs and corn.
To prove how salty the meal was, I downed a 1litre bottle of water as soon as I got home. I will definitely not be visiting this restaurant any time soon.
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