Crabby Larry’s Brew Pub, Steak and Crab House was formerly known as Jones Family Seafood Restaurant. There simply aren’t many independently owned seafood restaurants outside Philadelphia, but Jones stands out. The fish is fresh every day. They prep it the way any good seafood restaurant would (broiled, blackened, char grilled, lemon butter/garlic – however you like).
The menu is EXTENSIVE. Usually about a half dozen dozen different kind of fish (flounder, marlin, tuna, catfish, salmon, and one of my faves Hawaiian butterfish are some standards), all kinds of shellfish: scallops, shrimp, clams, oysters, lobster and those famous crabs.
I went with a large group of friends and we indulged in Larry’s homemade sodas (no beer for us this night, but he always offers a half dozen great home made brews). Black Cherry, White Birch Beer, Lime Rickey and other tasty offerings – all excellent (and diet selections to boot).
Anyway, to the meal. salads are a nice spring mix. Not the usual iceberg. Bread comes out HOT and fresh.
The soup. Crabby Larry’s has the best she-crab soup you will ever taste. Hands down. Snapper soup was well received by others at the table as well. The soup is worth the trip alone.
We had some raw oysters – only one kind offered, Chincoteagues, which are not my favorite. They were good. A cold appetizer platter was enjoyed, but the clams had been sitting under the lamp too long and were warm. That was not good. Calamari rings and a crab cocktail were reported to be tasty.
We had one landlubber, who said his butterflied filet was done just right. They have a fair amount of non-seafood entrees for those who do not enjoy the bounty of the sea.
I had the Hawaiian butterfish stuffed (topped really) with crab imperial. It was delicious (blackened) and, along with me, everybody raves about the homemade side dishes. Glazed baby carrots, potatoes three ways (baked, quartered or fries), cole slaw, buttered corn – the works. All really fresh and tasty.
Others at the table had crab cakes, lobster tail, stuffed scallops and snow crab legs. Everyone really enjoyed their meals which come out hot, the seafood is fresh and seasoned just right.
The staff was very attentive. I have never had a bad meal or a bad experience at Jones/Crabby Larry’s.
They don’t take reservations and the owner, Larry, lives up to his nickname, but the staff is very nice and the meal: $181 for six of us, is cheap as far as seafood goes.
If you’re looking for a night out and can’t deal with Red Lobster, give Crabby Larry’s a visit. It’s well worth it.
Chalfont Village Shopping Center
237 West Butler Avenue
(Route 202 and Skyline Drive)
Chalfont, Pennsylvania 18914