At some restaurants, children are given coloring books and crayons, or word jumbles and mazes on their paper placemats. One pizza restaurant we went to gave children balls of dough to play with. Other places have play rooms and arcades to keep children entertained. But at the Crab Shack in Tybee Island, Georgia, they’ve taken a completely different approach. They’ve decided that the best way to keep children from getting antsy while they wait first for a table, then for their food, is to let them feed the alligators.
Guess what? This has been the best method yet.
It’s a good thing they’ve come up with this gimmick because the wait for a table at the Crab Shack is l-o-o-n-n-g. No matter what night of the week, expect a wait. You can get drinks at the bar, browse the gift shop, or feed the alligators. Just know that the wait for your food will take as long as a low country boil. And by that, I mean at least an hour.
Is it worth it? No. At least, I didn’t find the food worth the wait. But I did love the ambiance, the outdoor appeal and the way you discarded all of your shells and corncobs through a hole in your table. It takes little to amuse me. I liked watching my daughter feed (and “hug”) an alligator. But I was disappointed by the very limited menu and mediocre food.
So go to the Crab Shack for a fun family dinner experience. Just don’t go strictly for the food.
Have you been to a restaurant that was more about the gimmick than the food? And was it worth it?