The Crab Stop

The week of October 10, was “Restaurant Week” in Vero Beach.  I personally did not see any media advertising this special week, nor did I see a list of restaurants that participated. But I was oh so excited to see this special deal available in the Crab Stop located at 2263 14th Ave in Vero Beach. For only $30.00 we received appetizers of corn fritters and conch fritters, we went with the Blue Garlic Crab dinner and a desert of our choice.

The Crab Stop Photo: Spring Watson

The Crab Stop
Photo: Spring Watson

When we first arrived the owner Ellis was steadily meeting and greeting with everyone as they walked in. Before our dinner was complete he had asked everyone  to participate in singing happy birthday to a young lady. Before I get into the food which was delicious, let me first express what a warm inviting atmosphere this restaurant has. It was like walking into a friends house.  Ellis and the staff made a point to talk and get to know everyone a little bit. He even offered a lesson of how to crack open a crab to a new comer.
Now back to the food. After we ordered our meal, the desert of Key Lime Pie was the first to come out!! What a treat, desert before dinner!! The pie was decent- they don’t make the pie in house. The appetizers were very good. The conch fritters,were tasty and not gritty as some conch fritters I’ve had in the past at other establishments have been. The corn fritters were an extra treat and could have been eaten as a desert!! Two thumbs up for the corn fritters, never had them taste so good- finished off with powder sugar. mm mm good!

The Crab Stop Photo: Spring Watson

The Crab Stop
Photo: Spring Watson

The Blue Garlic Crab entree including 3 crabs, garlic potatoes, corn cob, jumbo shrimp, snow cluster, sausage and boiled egg! My eyeballs nearly popped out of my head when I seen the abundance of food!

Of course my son and I got excited, put on our bibs and went to town!!! The old bay seasoning and butter was the perfect combination! Not over seasoned and really brought out the flavor of everything in the bowl. They have a nice selection of bottled beer, and Copa wines as well.


The Crab Stop has been open nearly a year, they definitely embrace Maryland style seafood to perfection! I also found out, for the seafood lover that prefers NOT to get their hands dirty, the woman at the table next to me had the seafood rice and explained there were chunks of crab and shrimp. She was raving over it- actually when I took a look around the entire restaurant everybody was smiling with pleasure!! Great experience.

If you haven’t been to the Crab Stop- make sure you make arrangements to go. Their servings are very large, and it is not expensive. Get the whole family together and go experience this place for yourself!


The Crab Stop

2263 14th Ave

Vero Beach

(772) 257-5221

Spring Watson

Food Critic


Spring moved to Vero Beach a little over 2 and a half years ago from Lakeland.
She attended Polk Community College received AA of Business Admin and  University of South Florida in Tampa received BA in Finance, she also holds a 215 State insurance license & is a State of FL Notary.
She is employed with CertiPay which is what brought her to Vero Beach, it is a locally owned and operated Payroll and HR Company, her competitors are ADP and Paychex her emphasis is on large businesses with 50 or more employees but she is able to assist in payroll needs for smaller companies that may need leasing/PEO.
Spring has 2 amazing children Jacob age 13 in the 8th grade & Chelsea age 16 in the 11th Grade, both attend school locally.
Spring is a member of several organizations: Sunrise Rotary, Exchange Club of the Treasure Coast, and Treasure Coast Human Resource Association.
She has volunteered for several projects: Craft Brew and Wing Fest (2015), Sponsorship Chair for the 2016 Vero Beach Air Show, The United Way Pre Screening board of grant applications(2015).
Currently sponsoring the Vero Beach High School Varsity Volleyball Boosters.
“I love the community involvement that benefit local businesses and not for profit organizations which I believe help improve our community and help make The Treasure Coast a better place for all to live and succeed- This begins with the support towards our youth, local government and community. I have made a tremendous amount of friendships and memories that I will treasure forever.”

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