First Taste

Angry Crab Shack and BBQ in Phoenix Brings Southern-Style Surf 'n' Turf to Arcadia

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Angry Crab Shack and BBQ Location: 2808 E. Indian School Road Open: Just over a week Eats: Seafood, BBQ Price: $25+ per person

We can't be the only Central Phoenix residents who've bemoaned the drive to Angry Crab Shack in Mesa. That's not to say the food isn't worth it, but we've just always wished it were just a little closer to the central part of the Valley. After all, less driving means more time crab-eating, right?

Well, as of last week, all our seafood prayers have been answered. The restaurant opened a second location on the northeast corner of Indian School Road and 28th Street in Arcadia. And though we're sure you thought it wasn't possible, the second location may have actually improved upon the concept of its predecessor. Because what more could you want with your bag of boiled crab than a side of ribs and tender brisket? Nothing. That's what else.

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Lauren Saria
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