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Bites Nearby: Joe's Crab Shack

Looking for a late night dinner, we found our way to Joe's.

With just a few instuctions and encouragement from a few fellow Patch editors, the Mister and I headed out to try something different... at 10:00 p.m.! Some days, dinner just can't be done on an Ozzie and Harriet schedule.

Pulling in to at 4300 Stone Mountain Highway in Lilburn, we were first struck with the full parking lot. It would seem that others with hectic schedules were finding their way out for a little seafood vacation, too. 

We were seated promptly and served our sweet tea right away. The menu selection was impressive. Sure. You can get buckets of crabs, crab drip and crab stuffed anything (we didn't see any crabby wait staff or customers), but there's a wide variety of other offerings.

Getting into the spirit, we ordered the "Crazy Good Crab Dip" ($8.99) while we debated the merits of shrimp verses steak verses salad. And, it was crazy good. For dinner, I had the shrimp pasta alfredo ($13.99) and the Mister had "Maui Mahi" ($14.29) with a side caesar salad ($2.99).

The shrimp pasta alfredo was the perfect "almost comfort" food after a busy week. Nice and rich and cheesy with few slices of fresh toasted french bread to help clean up the bottom of the bowl. The "Maui Mahi" was a filet of mahi-mahi grilled and with a Malibu coconut sauce that had a bit of a kick. It was topped with a mango pico de gallo that was a fresh compliment to the coconut sauce. It came with steamed broccoli and crispy chunks of new potatoes. 

We were honestly too full to try the amazing looking desserts.

Even after the dinner rush, the wait staff was cheerful. The line dance during a popular song was a little shocking until we figured out what was going on. They have a gracious deck that isn't quite beach side, but still nice on a pleasant summer night. A playground on one side is perfect for those family night dinners, which requires a slight wait for perfect seating. 

We'll head back soon.

Joe's Crab Shack is at 4300 Stone Mountain Highway  Lilburn, GA 30047. Call them at 770- 736-2900. Hours are Sun-Sat: 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. 

Marl June 03, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Seriously on scale of 1-10 ten being highest I would give this place a 4, I can never understand how the parking lot is full because the food is mediocre at it's best, seriously fish and chips at Captain D's is better. I have never known anyone who has told me go try it you'll love it...
Gail Lane June 03, 2012 at 03:48 PM
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and the experience! And to be fair, the staff had no idea who we were or that we were there to write about the food, so I believe that our experience reflected that of the level of service and quality of food that anyone should receive at Joe's.
Kevin June 03, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Are you kidding? Captain D's grease pit is better to you than Joe's???
Melinda Franklin June 03, 2012 at 04:38 PM
We like Joe's. Have had a couple of bad service experiences but the food has always been good. I think we've tried most everything on the menu, we would go more often but just can't afford to eat there as often as we'd like! On a scale of 1-10 it's a good 8 i'd say.
TOWG June 10, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Been at this location twice and the one on Pleasant Hill twice. Frankly, I don't understand their appeal. They are no better than Red Lobster. Whoever rated them a 4 was being kind.

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