J’s Crab Shack
Nicely prepared, fairly priced seafood meals in a very casual atmosphere that offers the fun of eating at a clam shack without the long drive to the shore.
J’s Crab Shack
2074 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106
|Hours:||Sunday 11A-8P||Monday 11A-8p||Tuesday 11A-8P||Wednesday 11A-9P||Thursday 11A-10P||Friday 11A-9pm||Saturday 11A-9pm|
Eels? Yes, not on your plate but in a huge fish tank that dominates one wall. In it are colorful tropical fish and humongous undulating eels —- some spotted, some plain — which are fascinating to watch while you wait for your order to arrive.
Hartford is far from Cape Cod, but J’s Crab Shack tries for seaside ambiance with the tank, undersea-themed murals and a seafood-rich menu. There’s nothing fancy about dining here: You order at a counter, find a table and pick up napkins and plastic cutlery from a hit-thelever-and-grab-a-utensil dispenser. And you bus your table when you are finished. It’s a busy spot for takeout or eat-in meals, and the adjacent fish market also attracts customers.
You can eat well here for relatively little. The small lobster bisque (which is actually pretty big) costs $3.75, and the large $1 more. Steamed shellfish is $8.95 or $9.95; fried seafood runs from $6.95 to $14.95; combo platters, such as shrimp and scallops, are $11.95 to $15.95; broiled seafood is $11.95 to $14.95; salads go for $2.95 to $13.95; and sandwiches run $6.95 to $11.95. The kids meals (12 and younger) are $4.95