The Crab Trap
The Crab Trap was the first restaurant I visited when I moved to Amelia Island, and it’s still the place I go when I’m craving great local shrimp. I recently invited my friend Jane to join me for lunch at The Crab Trap, and we both agreed that even locals feel like they’re on vacation while dining in one of Fernandina Beach’s most historic restaurants. The Germano family has owned and operated The Crab Trap for over 36 years, and as we walked through the door, we were greeted by Holly Germano, who started us off with their famous homemade smoked fish dip and crackers. The fish dip is extraordinarily delicious, well-seasoned, with the perfect amount of smoky flavor. While we were nibbling, The Crab Trap’s master mixologist, Edwin, surprised us with a Peach Mojito and a Mango Passion Daiquiri. The mojito was quite refreshing, bursting with fresh mint. The daiquiri was similar to a smoothie, thick and icy, and beautifully presented with swirls of fruity flavor. Holly suggested we try a sample platter of some of The Crab Trap’s most popular items, and how could we refuse? I love eating like this – a big plate of seafood shared with my friend. First, we started with shrimp – blackened, fried, grilled, and boiled, served with homemade tartar and cocktail sauces. Every bite was divine, and perfectly cooked. My favorite was the grilled shrimp, which was basted with a buttery sauce. Jane and I next tried the fried gator tail, which is marinated before frying, to keep the meat tender, and it was delicious. We also sampled fried calamari, which was very crisp and tender, along with fried oysters, hushpuppies, and blackened swai fish. The oysters were succulent. The Crab Trap only uses oysters from Apalachicola. The hushpuppies were sweet and light, and the swai melted in our mouths. It has a flavor similar to catfish. Here’s a nice thing The Crab Trap does with their seafood platters: they serve the heaping seafood over a bed of rice. The flavors and juices from the seafood seep into the rice, and it’s absolutely scrumptious! In addition to our seafood platter, Holly served us battered fries, which are decadent morsels of potato-y goodness, and a bowl of shrimp salad, which is made fresh every day. I love The Crab Trap’s shrimp salad, which is creamy and has just the perfect amount of seasoning so as not to overpower the flavor of the shrimp. And for dessert, we shared a tart slice of key lime pie in a graham cracker crust, dressed with whipped cream. Did you know that The Crab Trap’s happy hour is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.? That’s a good long time to enjoy their drink specials! And every Wednesday is Wing Day, featuring jumbo, freshly prepared wings. And although The Crab Trap is known for its amazing seafood, they also offer a selection of steaks, faultlessly prepared, and served with salad, garlic bread, and your choice of a side. The restaurant welcomes folks for private parties, and it’s a favorite place for rehearsal dinners and destination wedding parties. For more information, call (904) 261-4749 or stop in anytime for lunch or dinner!