Do I really have to spell it out for you? Alrighty then—the word “rustic” in the name isn’t just a marketing ploy—this seafood joint just west of the airport has been kicking around since the year Disneyland opened, and the fact that it has practically zero ambience doesn’t bother anybody a whit. Sitting in a noisy, woody dining room with a checkerboard linoleum floor and hanging lobster traps (or outside on the covered deck next to a canal), all they care about is whacking away at crustaceans with wooden mallets. The house specialty is garlic crabs—[“]world-famous,” they aver—but there’s plenty else on the menu (lots but not all of it fried, and not all of it fish, shrimp, or mollusks). A word of advice: If you do go for the crabs, don’t wear anything you wouldn’t want to see ruined.
Fort Lauderdale› Restaurant
Rustic Inn Crabhouse
4331 Ravenswood Rd (btw. SW 42nd Ct. and SW 45th St.), Fort Lauderdale, FL
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Mon–Sat 11:30am–10:45pm; Sun noon–9pm Phone 954/584-1637 Prices Sandwiches $8–$22; main courses $13–$20; crabs market price Cuisine Type Seafood Web site Rustic Inn Crabhouse Other Reservations not accepted.
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