Every once in a while one experiences something so impressive that one must shout it from the rooftops.
Since the invention of the internet, rooftop-shouting has become unnecessary.
Segue to The Cracked Crab, Pismo Beach, CA. It's on my short list of must-do's for all central coast visitors.
Their menu changes every single day, so you can be assured that the seafood is fresh-and-I-mean-fresh. They are known for their buckets -- $48 for one person, $68 for two. Choices of snow crab, dungeness crab, rock crab, a shrimp or two, and possible substitutions like lobster (at a higher price) are all available for the bucket. It comes with potatoes and corn on the cob, rolls and all the tools one might need to crack into shellfish.
I had the crab-stuffed domestic gulf shrimp at $21. Some 6 days later my mouth still waters at the thought of that delectable meal.
And just to really go all out, I added a cup of crab bisque for another $6. The only thing I've wanted to eat every single day since I first visited the Cracked Crab was another cup of that crab bisque.
The menu has a shrimp po' boy at $9, a couple of melts in the $18-$20 range, and caters to high rollers with lobster entrees that rate up there with the buckets. Kids meals are $6 as well. They have a nice wine list, the atmosphere is both cozy and casual, and while they have no ocean view dining, it's a short 4 blocks from the beach. Okay, maybe 6 blocks. They're still short.
So whatever your budget is, you can be well fed and have orgasms in your mouth. Well, maybe not orgasms, but your taste buds will not be disappointed.
*disclaimer, Margo Crawford is not a paid endorser of The Cracked Crab, though she would be willing to consider any offers.