Dining out spares people from using up the last of their paper plates or incinerating the last of their paper ovens. Reduce your disposable-cookware footprint with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of market-fresh seafood and drinks at J’s Crabshack.
The seasoned fishmongers of J’s Crabshack, formerly Tinkers, forge an award-winning menu of market-fresh seafood in a coastal-themed environment, complete with an aquarium stocked with tropical fish and giant eel. Diners can perfect pelican impressions as they fill throat pouches with a sumptuous seaside starter, such as clams on the half shell ($1.50/clam) or mussels in a white-wine-and-garlic sauce ($8.95). J’s selection of fried-seafood combos pairs fries and coleslaw with such offerings as clam strips and shrimp ($11.95), fish and shrimp ($11.95), or the Captain's platter, consisting of fish, shrimp, bay scallops, and clam strips ($15.95). Lobster dinners delight coastal carnivores with 1.25- to 3-pound portions of the choice crustaceans (market price), and the 12-ounce New York strip steak ($15.95) tempts dry-land diners and most neighboring raptors.
Golden-fried clam strips, fantail shrimp, and bay scallops anchor the tables at J’s Crabshack (formerly Tinker’s), sending up clouds of steam next to hearty steak and lobster dinners. Founded by chef and scallop fisherman James Tinker more than 20 years ago, J’s Crabshack has grown into a bustling seafood hotspot, where an aquarium teeming with eels and tropical fish overlooks the dining area. The shack’s market counter dishes out freshly snagged raw shrimp and scallops, earning recognition as runner-up for best fish market in Hartford from the Hartford Advocate in 2011. The restaurant’s culinary team, which includes James Tinker II in its ranks, works diligently to serve guests in the ocean-themed catering hall, then sticks around to burp everyone postmeal.
Nicely prepared, fairly priced seafood meals in a very casual atmosphere that offers the fun of eating at a clam shack without the long driveCarolle Goldberg, Hartford Courant, 3/3/11
The menu includes all the right options, and everyone always seems to be having fun.viajera-mx, TripAdvisor, 6/13/11
2074 Park St.
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