Rustic Inn Crabhouse
4331 Ravenswood Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
For the life of me I don't understand why tourists fall for this tourist trap! We got to the place and had to put our name down on a waitlist, but unlike a normal restaurant that gives you a pager and pages you when your table is ready this place screams your name out on huge, booming loudspeakers. It is extremely annoying. Have these people not heard of modern technology. Thank goodness they don't use cattle bells.
Anyways, we sat down and the decor is about what one would find in a miltary mess hall...in short it was a mess. All the money they've been getting from the 600 people a night that they pack in like sardines certainly has not been going into the decor.
The NE Clam Chowder was just okay and reasonably priced. However, I was suprised that the crabs were nearly forty dollars not for two people but just one--it was a 1 1/4 pound crab leg plate. This is insanely overpriced, I could get lobster elsewhere for that price with money to spare. Not to mention no salad is included and all you get are some heavily greased potatoes drowned in butter. Want to substitute? There is an upcharge for that.
I will say the Alaskan Queen Crab legs (AKA Alaska Snow Crab everywhere else) was good but again overpriced and they used the term Queen to jack up the price. At Red Lobster they are $21 for the same thing and same sized portion. Then everytime they announce a birthday diners bang their crab mallots on the table--if you didn't have a headache before you will definitely have one after.
The blue crab didn't taste good, the Florida crab was okay, and the Dungeness crab was pretty good. The key lime for desert was lame--surprising it was a house specialty.
The place is in a really seedy neighberhood, with such few parking spots that they need a parking attendant to help people back up and avoid hitting another car. Not to mention this place seems to attract a lower-end clientele.
Althought Red Lobster is not my favorite place, we could've had a better meal at Red Lobster without all the noise, commotion, hassles, dirtyness, and high prices. I would avoid this place at all costs!