Go Grab Some Crab
Dec 08, 2016 10:22AM
● By Ashley Pape
With fresh seafood, cold craft beer and a place for kids to play, we have a crush on crustacean purveyor Craft & Crab. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant is situated along the ever busy Highway 121 in Colleyville, but you’ll feel like you’re in a New England crab house as you feast upon crabs and other seafood (and non-seafood) bites.
You might expect sophistication and elegance at a Colleyville seafood spot, but Craft & Crab is different. Instead, the space exudes a family-friendly, laid-back vibe. It’s a destination where your whole crew can enjoy a good meal and have some fun, from the boat-themed playground for kids to the corn hole, life-size Jenga and swings at the bar for adults.
The restaurant aims to revive family mealtimes, when everyone gathers around the table and digs in. When you order family-style portions, expect a pile of seafood to be dumped on your paper covered table. The hunger busting Fried Fisherman one of the many family feasts on the menu is a heaping helping of oysters, shrimp, redfish or catfish served with fries and hushpuppies. Pick your feast, then pick from 150 varieties of craft beer or one of the restaurant’s specialty cocktails (we’re partial to the banana cream rum Mai Tai) to wash it all down.
Don’t have your brood with you? Order an individual entrée, which is uniquely served on a disposable palm container made from fallen palm leaves. It’s a cool Caribbean influence just like the sounds of Bob Marley drifting through the air and the coconut margarita that beckoned us from the bar.
On our lunch visit, we dove into the fried shrimp basket after devouring a satisfying house salad. There are shrimp and then there are the titans that come forth from Craft & Crab’s kitchen. These mammoth, lightly battered beauties will fill you right up. We also polished off the steak fries and small dish of coleslaw, which made nice accompaniments to the shrimp. The menu is seafood skewed but offers plenty for land lovers, too, from rotisserie chicken and barbecue pork to corn dogs and mac and cheese for the kids.
Whether you grab a spot on the massive patio or enjoy your feast in the dining room, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Inside, every wall is plastered with HDTVs, so you can grab a pint of craft suds and not miss a minute of college football.
For the quintessential crab house experience without venturing far from the bubble, Craft & Crab is the place to go. Be sure to put it on your (galvanized) bucket list this month.