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Joe's Crab Shack

VIBE: When it comes to dining with children, we all know that a relaxed atmosphere is a welcome one. Joe’s Crab Shack gives you not a moment's doubt, with great quality cuisine to match. This beach-front style eatery is both adult- and child-friendly.

WHY IT'S TOT-FRIENDLY: While waiting for a table can warrant impatience in an adult, it can be excruciating for a bouncy kid filled with energy. Joe’s Crab Shack in Arlington offers a small area for kids to play as well as a kaleidoscope of fun things worth looking around at while they wait. Once the family is seated, kids will enjoy the Beach Buddies kids' menu activities.

BE SURE TO TRY: For starters, the crab stuffed mushrooms and the New England clam chowder are both reliable and tasty. Joe’s Steampot is a favorite with two kinds or crab, shrimp, smoked sausage and sides. Garlic lovers will relish the Garlicky mussels.

GOOD TO KNOW: If you enjoy eating al fresco, this is your spot. No place rocks it like Joe's patio on a sunny day.

BEST TIMES TO GO WITH KIDS: Joe's Crab Shack is one of those places that does fill up, so arrive early, especially on Saturdays.

Updated on 3/8/13