Our typical weekends are usually so rushed and busy that we often forget to take time and enjoy the really fun things in life, so yesterday after a month of planning we got my family together for a good old fashioned crab picking party along with some Low Country Boil. My family has been picking crabs since I was a tiny child and before. I learned how to pick them myself at a very young age and there has been no stopping me ever since. I love sharing this experience with my family because it brings back days gone by.
After doing some research on Facebook and trying to find the very best crabs in our area (believe me, there were a LOT of places to choose from) we settled on Dixie Joe’s Crab Shack. I wanted to go with a place that not only had repeat customers, but posted pictures almost daily of their crabs and also had a clean looking work area. Yes, I am one of those people who looks at the background of pictures because I feel like that tells often more than the actual subject.
OUR DIXIE JOE’S CRAB SHACK EXPERIENCE-
I messaged the Dixie Joe’s Crab Shack Facebook page not expecting to hear back until the next day, but lo and behold I got a message the same evening. I was really happy with the prompt reply. While I couldn’t be told an exact price for the weekend, a ballpark estimate was given and I was also given other information that I needed. I was also able to reserve our bushel that evening which also made me feel even more confident in this business.
After a day or so passed I got another message to confirm if I wanted my crabs cooked or green (to cook ourselves) and for that I was also thankful. I should have remembered to say that myself, but Dixie had it all covered. We also discussed spicing at this time.
Pick up was simple and a nice little drive from our house about 40 minutes into Spotsylvania County. We took country roads and while I knew our day was busy, it was nice to get out and take the drive. GPS took is to this quaint road and we followed it right to the official Crab Shack!
When we arrived our crabs were steaming hot. I mentioned how happy this would make my dad, and also myself because there is nothing better than steaming hot crabs.
This is a photo of our bushel. Impressed doesn’t begin to cover the feeling of yesterday’s experience! I am so happy with the crabs, the spicing and the cost. This bushel was full and there were legs inside as well which made me happy since I love those just as much as the shelled crabs. My family ate until we were stuffed, then ate some more. We let our food settle and you guessed it, ate again.
We were able to share leftovers with our neighbors and also a good friend.
Our experience with Dixie Joes’s Crab Shack is something we will not forget for a long time to come and we have already decided this is going to by a yearly family event right here at our house.
If you are looking for some crabs in the Spotsylvania, Virginia area we highly stand by Dixie Joe’s Crab Shack. Personalized service, quick response and also just all around great people!!