Crabbys Seafood Bar & Grill
1800 S. 52nd St.
Cuisine: Seafood, American
Noise level: Comfortable
Overall ambiance: Cozy
Price range: $7-$13
Time: 40 minutes
Open since: May 2008
A recent outing by two of our reviewers to the Pinnacle Hills area was more than just a chance to reflect on how much the now-bustling interchange has grown.
In the mid-1990s, exit 83 was somewhere you’d end up by accident if you missed Pleasant Grove heading north or Walnut Avenue heading south.
Now that the stoplights and intersections finally function with at least some semblance of common sense, the idea of popping up to Rogers and back from our Springdale offices for a lunch break no longer triggers a tension headache.
Crabbys Seafood Bar & Grill, located in the shiny new Crossland building, was our destination this day and was well worth the trip.
We started out with an appetizer of Crispy Country Calamari ($10) with sides of cocktail and Remoulade sauces. The breading was flaky and delicious, and the pieces were the largest and tastiest either of our reviewers had ever been served.
Our server informed us the tentacles are cut fresh at the restaurant, which receives deliveries four times a week.
For entrees, one reviewer chose the Blackened Fish Sandwich ($8) and the other the Pan Fried Tilapia ($10).
The sandwich was served on a sourdough roll with the aforementioned Remoulade sauce and a side of waffle-cut fries.
“The fish was spicy and the sauce and fries were both good,” she said of her sandwich.
The Pan Fried Tilapia was a hearty portion served with sautéed bell peppers and zucchini with a chili garlic sauce over Jasmine rice.
“Is it spicy?” our server asked.
Spicy it was, but it was far from overwhelming.
The look of Crabbys is crisp and modern, but not pretentious. The music was at an appropriate level. It wasn’t too loud to talk, but was loud enough to make out a rather eclectic sequence of The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” followed by Madonna’s “Material Girl” and Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love.”
Crabbys has a more expansive dinner menu with entrees including a Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass ($30), Alaskan King Crab Legs ($35) and Lobster Tail ($40).
With a reasonably priced yet high quality lunch menu, we won’t need much of an excuse to make a return trip to Crabbys.