RUSTIC INN                          AyehIf you think of wooden mallets, paper covered tables, and crab bibs, you!d be pict...
rustic inn                          DeeThe Rustic Inn Crab House has been a true local favorite for years. It!s not hard t...
RUSTIC INN                          GrahamIf you!re looking for a place that is crammed full of tradition and character th...
RUSTIC INN                          HoneyIf you are looking for a restaurant where you can find fresh tasty crabs and don!t...
RUSTIC INN                         JennAs soon as you walk in this restaurant you will be greeted with a symphony of malle...
RUSTIC INN                         LotusI!ve seen photos of my friends at these crab house places with the bibs and the ma...
rustic inn                          MarkThe Rustic Inn is the type of place that I moved to Florida for. It is a loud, hus...
RUSTIC INN                         MoRustic Inn is the premier crab house in Ft. Lauderdale. Entering this waterfront esta...
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  1. 1. RUSTIC INN AyehIf you think of wooden mallets, paper covered tables, and crab bibs, you!d be picturingonly a glimpse of what you!d see at the Rustic Inn. A quaint building that has inevitablyhad to expand (hence the 3 or 4 separate dining rooms), Rustic Inn is a mom-and-popstyle restaurant that makes you get elbows-deep in your food. Throughout the years, theprices have slowly climbed, but the staff and the restaurant still keeps the same character.I am a huge fan of non-chain, “hole-in-the-wall” kinds of restaurants and this is surelyone of those made evident by the overhead speakers and the constant hammering of themallets every time they acknowledge a birthday. I highly suggest you to visit during lunchhours (Mondays have to be the best). I went there for lunch and received this entire platefilled with three separate kinds of crabs (with sides) and a drink for close to $12 (a steal!).I also highly recommend the New England clam chowder: huge pieces of seafood! It willnot disappoint!Settled right by the water, it is evident that they catch their own fish/crab/etc. since theirown boats are docked right beside the restaurant! Being a seafood-loving foodie, this oneis definitely a restaurant I recommend.[RATI N G S ] Amb ia n c e:3 / / Se r v ice:4 // P r ic e:3 // Food:4 [OV ERA LL] 1 4/ 20
  2. 2. rustic inn DeeThe Rustic Inn Crab House has been a true local favorite for years. It!s not hard to spotthe big wooden crab house from the road! When you walk in, you!ll notice it has an au-thentic look to it that makes the experience even more fun. You might wait a little whenyou get there so come as early as you can. Upon seating, each diner gets a wooden mal-let in addition to a fork and knife. Why? Eating seafood isn!t glamorous but it!s definitelyworth the elbow grease - especially here. Just the smell of crabs from everyone else wastempting, but I chose to go with the the broiled lobster tails instead. A few of the othershad already ordered crabs and we all try to order different things so that we can share thetastiness. Good food is always better with a group of friends!My meal was nothing short of perfect. Tender and flavorful, I finished my lobster tails offwithout using any of the butter! (Shocking, I know.) It came with a side of parsley potatoesthat I took a few bites of but I didn!t finish them. I had added a side of corn bread to mymeal and that!s what what really stole the show. I didn!t expect it to be so moist and but-tery! It!s definitely something I!d order again. A fun night for a big group of seafood lovers,I!m pretty sure that The Collective Plate will be coming back to Rustic Inn pretty soon.Next time I!m getting the Golden Crabs for sure![RATI N G S ] Amb ia n c e:3 / / Se r v ice:4 // P r ic e:3.5 // Food:4. 5 [OV ERA LL] 1 5/ 20
  3. 3. RUSTIC INN GrahamIf you!re looking for a place that is crammed full of tradition and character the Rustic Innis the place for you. It has been a family owned restaurant for well over 50 years. Theplace is very loud! The banging of wooden mallets smashing crab echo throughout theplace and I love it. Tables are covered in paper table covers and the remnants of deliciousseafood. The atmosphere is fun and when you look around all you see is smiling faces(cause to be honest who doesn!t like to play with their food). Well atmosphere alone won!tmake a restaurant last for over 50 years so you know the food has to be good? Well theanswer is yes, the food is very good.To start with I got Islamorada Conch Chowder which contains conch, vegetables, baconand salted pork which comes a little spicy (but very mild). This was a very good soup, ev-erything was fresh and the conch really pushed through all the other ingredients. A highlyrecommended soup. On to dinner, which by the way the portions are pretty big. I decidedto get the all hands on plate which consists of BBQ ribs, Alaskan Queen crab legs, KeyWest shrimp in garlic butter, Fries and corn bread. Sounds like a lot, well it is, I shared thedish with my beautiful fiancé Lotus and we barely finished. There was a mound of moistcorn bread, the Ribs were tender and fell off the bone. The Alaskan Queen crab was juicyas well as the shrimp. I loved everything about the dish. There are so many flavors it!slike a food church started mass in my mouth. If you haven!t tried this little gem I suggestyou do![RATI N G S ] Amb ia n c e:4 .5 // S er vi ce:3.5 // P r ic e:3 // Food: 4 [OV ERA LL] 1 5/ 20
  4. 4. RUSTIC INN HoneyIf you are looking for a restaurant where you can find fresh tasty crabs and don!t mindgetting a little messy, Rustic Inn is the place for you. Very laid back and perfect for a fam-ily outing. Although I was tempted to grab a wooden crab mallet and proudly start crack-ing crab legs all night, I opted for a less messy dinner option and order Grilled Soft ShellCrabs ($26.99). My dish was plated with three soft shells crabs, garlic buttered potatoes,and steamed veggies. Because the shells of soft shell crabs are so delicate, I was able toenjoy eating every part of the crab while still keeping my hands clean. It was my first timehaving soft shell crabs grilled and I wish more places offered soft shell crabs grilled ratherthan fried. With the way the soft shell crab was prepared, I was able to taste freshness ofthe crab meat. Definitely a tasty delight with NO crab cracking kills required!The only downfall was the pricing. If I did not know any better, I would have thought I wasin a fancy seafood restaurant. The ambiance did not match the pricing, in my opinion.But I am a HUGE fan of their $10.99 Monday Lunch Specials, a crabby combo of GoldenGarlic Crab, Blue Garlic Crabs, and Fried Crab Cake. Their ridiculous lunch specials defi-nitely make up for their over-priced dinner menu.[RATINGS] Ambiance:3 // Ser vice:3.5 // Pr ice:3 // Food:4.5 [OVERALL] 14/20
  5. 5. RUSTIC INN JennAs soon as you walk in this restaurant you will be greeted with a symphony of malletspounding on the crab shells. Once I opened the menu, I was immediately looking for thelobster section.I ordered two lobster tails and it was for a reasonable price. I don!t know about you butwhen I see the words “market price” I feel my money just flying out of my wallet. Yikes!I was so happy when the waiter handed me my personal mallet and put on my signatureRustin Inn bib. I knew that it was time for an awesome seafood feast. The lobster wasperfectly grilled and was served with a side of sautéed carrots and diced potatoes. Thebest part was dunking the lobster in melted butter. For dessert, I recommend their mudpie because it was to die for and it wasn!t too sweet![ RAT I N G S ] A mb i a n c e :3 . 5 / / Ser vice:3 / / P r ice:3.5 / / Food :4.5 [OVERALL ] 14 .5/20
  6. 6. RUSTIC INN LotusI!ve seen photos of my friends at these crab house places with the bibs and the malletsand have been wanting to go! I WAS SO HAPPY I GOT TO FINALLY TRY IT!Graham and I have been counting our pennies (recently engaged) and tried to figure outwhat the best bang for our buck would be at the Rustic Inn. After looking at the marketprices on the board, we were intimidated.Though we figured out a good bargain for the both of us! We both had soups as appetiz-ers and decided to share a meal. If you add a bowl of soup to your meal it is $3.50 andif you get a bowl of soup on your own it is $4.50. (So we added one to our meal and gotan extra bowl as well!) The soup I got was the New England Clam Chowder - White. Iwas almost already full with just the soup! Made with potatoes, cream, minced clams andbacon/salt pork - the combination was fulfilling.For dinner, I saw someone eating an array of different things in one plate and tried look-ing for it on the menu because I was having food envy from a distance. Graham & Ishared the meal called, All Hands on Plate for $26.99. It consisted of bar-b-que ribsbasted with sauce and joined with Alaskan Queen Crab Legs, Key West shrimp cooked ingarlic butter, served with seasoned fries and fresh corn bread. PROBABLY ONE OF THEBEST MEALS I!VE EVER HAD. Seriously, just go. There was enough on the plate to feedthe both of us and for $40 plus the soups - it was a steal![RATINGS] Ambiance:4 // Ser vice:4 // Pr ice:3 // Food:5 [OVERALL] 16/20
  7. 7. rustic inn MarkThe Rustic Inn is the type of place that I moved to Florida for. It is a loud, hustle & bustle,getting down and dirty crab house - and it was my first time. The decor was old blue ma-rine that fit the place quite nicely. It!s very, very busy and on a Wednesday night it tookour group about two hours to get seated. Granted, we!re a party of eight.My order was the Crab Sampler because I couldn!t pick just one kind. And like I said, itwas my first time. I started off with the smaller blue crab because I wanted to save thebigger pieces for last. While the blue crabs were good, I didn!t like all the flaky, little bonesthat you had to watch out for. Same goes for the soft shell crab, but I have to admit bothwere tasty. It also came with some Alaskan Queen Crab legs that I enjoyed, but my per-sonal favorite were the Golden Crabs. Juicy with a lot of flavor, they had tons of meat andwere fun to work the mallet on.I took my time to enjoy the meal and was the last to finish. I don!t think anyone shouldrush when it comes to good food. To top it all off, I had a bite of their strawberry cheese-cake and was impressed again. Creamy and not to sweet, it!s a nice way to end a sea-food dinner. I had such a good time at Rustic Inn that I barely spoke to the rest of thegang after getting my food. It!s true - ask them.And I!m definitely coming back![RATI N G S ] Amb ia n c e:3 .5 // S er vi ce:3.5 // P r ic e:3 // Food: 3. 5 [OV ERAL L] 13 .5/ 20
  8. 8. RUSTIC INN MoRustic Inn is the premier crab house in Ft. Lauderdale. Entering this waterfront estab-lishment, my senses were stimulated, which raised my excitement to another level. Thearoma of garlic crabs was overwhelming, while the sight and sounds of diners poundingon various crab legs with the provided wooden mallet set the tone for a great night of crableg cracking.For starters, the bowl of New England clam chowder ($3.50 with entrée) was phenom-enal. This creamy soup was freshly made from scratch, chunky with potatoes and mincedclams.With so many different crabs to choose from, I decided to try everything. The crab sam-pler (Market Price, $37.00 on 7/18/12) was a natural choice. Two pounds of a variety ofcrab which consisted of fresh blue crab, golden crab caught along the east coast of Flori-da up to the Carolinas, Dungeness crab caught in the Pacific Ocean, and Alaskan queencrab caught from the Bering Sea, all sautéed in garlic and the family secret sauce. Thesampler was served with parsley buttered potatoes. All the crabs had its distinct texture,but nonetheless all crabs melted in my mouth. The garlic flavor was intoxicating, with aslight hint of sweetness which was another sign of the crabs freshness. My favorite crabwas the golden crab as it was the meatiest of all crabs sampled.[ R AT IN G S ] A m b i a n c e : 4 / / S er vice:3.5 / / P r ice:4 / / Food: 5 [OVERAL L] 1 6 .5/2 0

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