A Fort Lauderdale landmark that was once an old roadhouse saloon, the Rustic Inn now channels an Old Florida seafood fish house better than anyplace else in the city. Today this go-to hole in the wall is a local favorite, complete with a canal view overlooking a busy boatyard. After 55 years in business, the restaurant is still packed daily with patrons set on indulge in a menu that covers everything from steamed lobster to conch chowder. The main draw, however, are the famous garlic crabs, which require a healthy whack with a wooden mallet to get at the sweet meat. Ergo the white butcher paper that covers each folding metal table. It’s the perfect setup for consuming those crabs — be they blue, golden, or Dungeness — which are steamed and then sautéed in garlic-infused oil. New Normal: You can pull up to Rustic Inn in your boat, tie up, order crabs and a piña colada, and chow down in the comfort of your yacht (or dinghy). Those who arrive by land can still dine outdoors at one of the dockside tables.
Photo courtesy of Rustic Inn Crabhouse
- Price: $$$
- Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Outdoor seating: Open-air patio
- Alcohol: Full bar
- Reservations: Not Accepted
- Parking: Lot available
- Call restaurant to order/pay
- Curbside pickup