Joe’s Crab Shack offers food and fun for North Beach Plantation’s guest

A winner of the AAA Four Diamond, an honor bestowed annually on the finest resorts and restaurants nationwide, North Beach Plantation is a paradise at which guests can rest and take advantage of first-rate amenities.  Located between the Atlantic Ocean and White Point Swash on an “island” more than seven acres, North Beach has swimming pools, a luxurious spa and an on-site eatery known as 21 Main, where steaks, seafood and sushi are among the menu items.

Although there is much at North Beach to keep guests entertained and relaxed, guests should be delighted to know one of the Grand Strand’s most visited sites, Barefoot Landing, is just around the bend.

Less than two miles away, Barefoot Landing is North Myrtle Beach’s answer to Broadway at the Beach located in Myrtle Beach. Both are multifaceted complexes with a plethora of dining, shopping and entertainment housed in a central location. In this land of plenty, Joe’s Crab Shack exits.

“We are a family entertainment restaurant, which provides seafood with an attitude,” said Calandria Hubbard, general manager at Joe’s Crab Shack at Barefoot Landing. “That is pretty much our motto. We also sing and dance to songs like ‘YMCA’ and the ‘Cha-Cha Slide.’ We are fun restaurant.”

Hubbard said Joe’s Crab Shack isn’t the typical seafood eatery because it has a crabby, passionate perspective.

“Crab is our middle name,” Hubbard said. “When people come in to dine and order crabs, we put bibs around their necks with crabby sayings. We make it a memorable dining experience. We are not one of your average seafood restaurants.”

Some of the quirky sayings wait staff write on bibs include, “I like them hot and steamy” and “I am with Crabby.”

There are also crab-themed sayings printed on T-shirts for sale, with prices ranging from $15.99 to $23.99. One, for example, simply dares “Bite Me.” Other items for sale at Joe’s Crab Shack include Mason jars, hats and towels.

The atmosphere at Joe’s Crab Shack is fun from beginning to end. There doesn’t seem to be a moment of boring, at least staff members of Joe Crab’s Shack try to ensure that is the case.

“We have to have people [on staff] who are go-getters and are outgoing people so they can really get the most of out of the experience,” Hubbard said. “We will teach them how to dance, if they can’t dance. We don’t have any wallflowers.”

Guests, however, have the option of simply sitting back and observing the activities or becoming involved in the fun.

“We encourage our guests to join us when we dance,” Hubbard said. “We have strobe lights. We will be shacking in the shack.”

Dance breaks are usually held every 45 minutes to an hour.

While there is a whole lot of family-friendly partying going on, the dining experience is still at the forefront.

Joe’s Classic Steampot with Dungeness crab, snow crab, boiled shrimp, smoked sausage and corn. The price is $23.99 for a steampot serving one adult, while it is $42.99 for two adults.

There is also a children’s menu, with prices ranging from $5.39 to $9.99, with the highest cost being that of the children’s version of the steampot.

Joe’s Crab Shack also has a variety of specials that are held certain times during the year. “Buck a Shuck,” a limited special that allows customers to pay $1 per oyster, as well as $2 drink specials, are currently being featured on Tuesdays.

If you go:
What: Joe’s Crab Shack (at Barefoot Landing at the Boardwalk Shops)
Where: 4846 U.S. 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
When: (Until March 1) 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday; (after March 1) 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday through Saturday
Cost: Prices vary.
Information: Call 843-272-5900 or visit http://www.bflanding.com/
Directions from The Cottages at North Beach Plantation: Start going northwest on Diane Circle toward Airport Boulevard. Turn left onto Airport Boulevard. Turn left onto 33rd Ave. S. Take the second right onto North King Highway/U.S. 17. Barefoot Landing will be on the right.

Posted 2/12/13