People in my town of Vero Beach, Florida are buzzing about the delicious, fresh seafood served at the Crab Stop on downtown 14th Avenue. With everything from Snow & King Crab to Maryland-style Garlic Crabs, Lobster to Jumbo Shrimp and everything in between, the Crab Stop has a smorgasbord of the freshest seafood in Vero Beach. My husband, Eddie, and I went there for dinner and I could not wait to share my finger-licking good dinner story with you.
Prepare for the Freshest Seafood in Vero Beach
The Crab Stop is an intimate restaurant with indoor seating, a small bar, and a few outdoor picnic tables. It is clean and welcoming, but the attention is on the food, not the decor. Eddie and I sat at a table near the front door. Aside from a couple of empty bar stools, the entire place was packed, and this was a Tuesday night in Vero Beach, typically a slower night for restaurants. We perused the menu and watched as bowls crammed full of crab legs were delivered to nearby tables. Of course, we had to have the same.
We snacked on some Hushpuppies first. Pro Tip: order two sets as they are great! The Crab Stop serves sodas, tea, wine, and beer, both on tap and bottled. A soda fountain is nearby for drink refills, but your server brings the first one. Eddie had a beer and I opted for Diet Coke.
Snow Crab, Shrimp, and Lobster, Oh My!
For dinner, we chose the Snow Deluxe Table Combo, featuring 3 clusters of Snow Crabs, 12 Garlic peel and eat Shrimp, 1 Lobster, potatoes, and 2 corn coblets ($49.95). While waiting for our food, we enjoyed the 90’s music and watching the staff/owner interact with the customers. The camaraderie between the Crab Stop’s staff and the guests was wonderful. Wall TV’s showing sporting events entertained a few guests but most of the crowd was fixated on the enticing plates coming from the kitchen window, myself included.
Our wooden bowls arrived with our crackers, bibs, and wet naps. We tied on the bibs and were ready to go. Next, came the huge dinner to share; good thing we had a table for 4 because it was full. After taking quite a few photos (it was perfect for Instagram), we dug in. The Lobster Tail was my first pick, complete with fat buttery meat. The Snow Crabs were steamed to perfection and the meat slid right out.
The Crab Stop Witnessed My First Time…
Both of our side items, corn-on-the-cob, and potatoes, were perfectly smothered in butter and Old Bay Seasoning. For the first time in my life, I ate the corn out in public. It was so good that I put down my guard and let the butter run down my chin. It was that darned good! Oh, and have I mentioned the shrimp? Holy goodness, peel-and-eat shrimp should always be this wonderful! Eddie and I do not typically eat shrimp aside from parties or a special event, but it was fabulous. None of the food is fussy or too decadent; it is all fresh, simple, and cooked right.
Eddie and I were full, but not miserably stuffed when we finished our meal. We could not hold any dessert, but The Crab Stop does have a few options (Lemon Pound and Triple Chocolate Cake). They also offer lunch specials and affordable Children’s Menu items (Wings, Hamburger, Fish, and Shrimp).
A Laid-Back, No Fuss Dinner Experience
When Eddie and I entered The Crab Stop, we immediately felt comfortable and welcome. I loved that all of the guests were casually dressed and draped in plastic bibs. The Crab Stop’s owner walked around making sure all of the guests were happy with their food and service, a nice touch. He even sang a “Happy Birthday” rendition to a few. I found the Crab Stop to be the freshest seafood in Vero Beach and I think you will, too. Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives need to visit the Crab Stop!
The Crab Spot
2263 14th Avenue (corner of 23rd and 14th Ave)
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Special thanks to Ellis for hosting us for dinner. We now have a new place to take friends and family when they visit Vero Beach.
(By the way, two weeks after this visit, I took my daughter there for lunch. She agreed with everything I said. We enjoyed an amazingly good lunch.)
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