We have found the restaurants on the Gulf side of Florida to be unusually busy early in the evening. Where we are from( and most of the places we travel to) if you want to eat at a particular restaurant you can show up at 5:30 and have no issue. It is a little early for our family to eat dinner but it is usually our vacation plan to have no wait.
Except for on this trip. After running into jam packed restaurants at 5:30 we started to look as we drove around. Some parking lots were plenty full at 3:30pm. Back home that is happy hour times for a beer, not a full meal. We needed to eat even earlier then!
Knowing we wanted to eat at the Crab Plant on a Friday we made sure we arrived horribly early. The restaurant was really easy to find and maybe five minutes from the Best Western in Crystal River.
We took the last open parking spot and then open table at 5:10pm. So early! Families arrived after us and started queuing up for the next open tables. By 5:45 people would enter, see the wait and leave. This is not normal so early in the Midwest, oy!
We have had our best luck at restaurants attached to seafood markets and this was another winner. The dining is basic but so good!
Daughter wanted snow crab legs. A pound of snow crab legs with a bag of chips was $13.95. She was thrilled! Heck, at that price compared to home you can order two pounds if you want.
Husband has always wanted to order a low country boil It has mussels, clams, crawfish, shrimp, sausage, crab, corn and potatoes. Want to guess the price? $18.95. Babe, you can get two if you want! He was as happy as a pig in slop. He just kept pulling out the seafood as he went, it was full!
I got my usual cheeseburger. It was very good and since my family was going whole hog I saved some room for the key lime pie. The key lime pie was $3.50.
Here is the ugly aftermath of our table. I think they enjoyed their meals!
If we lived near by I think we would come once a week. Wow!
The restaurant portion is open : Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 8:30pm
The Crab Plant is at 201 NW 5th Street, Crystal River, FL 34428 1-352-795-4700
More information and a menu here: http://crabplant.com/restaurant.htm