College Park Crab Pot (Restaurant Review)

IMG_1910I was turned on to this place by a group of co-workers that bring in food every first of the month after pay day. I am a sucker for great seafood. So I chipped in one day and got a plate of my own and it was grand. The price was reasonable and the food was delicious. How could this ever go wrong? Never ask questions that you don’t want to know the answer to. I decided to officially review the place so that I could give them my unofficial “Fresh loves this place, so you should too” stamp of approval. Unfortunately, they will not be getting the aforementioned stamp. Here is why:

The Good

The food from this place is delicious. I can’t take that away from them at all. TheIMG_1912 seafood was steamed and seasoned perfectly. The seasoning is all the way through every bite, unlike most seafood restaurants where the seasoning is only on top. For under $15 you can get full and some. The serving sizes are huge and they serve a lot of “fixins” like potatoes, corn, eggs, and sausage with each plate. The side dishes could be a meal all unto themselves. Easily the best seafood I have had in Atlanta.

The Bad

The service representatives lack service skills. Everyone was very dismissive, almost as if they were angry that the customers were present. 20141006_110919The menu is in the form of several posted signs around the restaurant and a giant black board with jumbled writing all over it, which is cool but confusing for a first timer. The restaurant is very busy, so calling for information is almost impossible. The restaurant does accept credit/debit for payment, however it’s not through an established credit/debit machine. When you pay by card they swipe it on a mobile credit plugin for an ipad or iphone. My card was swiped twice because the “ipad had data issues”, once on the ipad and another on an iphone. That alone was enough to make me leery of the entire establishment. I expected a lot more from a business that seems to be well established. I was never offered a receipt to sign either, which I know is required so…yea. The restaurant is definitely not a “Dine-in” type place. There is very limited seating which seems to be present only for waiting for your order.

The Ugly

There were a lot of easily avoidable problems. For instance, I stepped to the counter to order a large Garlic shrimp, an order of crab cakes, conch fritters, and a “Crab pot special”. The representative claimed that they don’t sell large orders of garlic shrimp on Sundays, conch fritters are only served on Thursday and Friday, and that they were out of crab cakes. None of this information was posted anywhere in the restaurant, and they forgot to put the “bowl” of garlic shrimp I ordered in my bag. And speaking of posting information, there wasn’t a Georgia Health Inspection rating posted in the restaurant anywhere visible to the customer, which is very illegal. Furthermore, there isn’t one posted on the Ga Health Inspection website either. Which makes me uncomfortable, especially since I didn’t see anyone wearing gloves, hair nets, and the inside of the restaurant had that dingy, dank look to it. The last inspection I could find for their address happened under a different restaurant name in 2007…super sketchy.

Conclusion
The food is good, but this place just doesn’t sit well with me. I can’t endorse it. It’s too much wrong. Great taste and large portions go a long way in my book, but not long enough for me to ignore everything else. Try at your own risk.

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5 thoughts on “College Park Crab Pot (Restaurant Review)

  1. Wowwwww. No rating posted anywhere in the restaurant??? Rude employees?? Weird smells?? All off this is terrible. I really hate to ask but who were the owners? Black, Asian, etc??? Great food review and thanks for informing us.

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  2. You sound like a miserable black hater. Did you ever think that maybe they were licensed through agriculture? And since you know so much about restaurants maybe you should look into what that is ! You want to be smart so bad til the point where your dumb . Now I’ve been to this restaurant several times ! Yes they may not always have stuff but that’s no reason to come on here and bash them ! Just like a black person ! You can’t be in between you either like it or don’t ! But I’m almost 100% sure you’ll go to those Chinese restaurants where they feed you anything and be pleased !!! And this establishment always wears gloves !!! Maybe next time you should pull the owner to the side and tell them all
    This instead of trying to tell the world ! Because believe it or not people are still gonna go and eat there and love it ! Good day !

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    1. Thank you for your comments. I always welcome feedback. I would like to analyze your response.
      “Did you ever think that maybe they were licensed through agriculture? And since you know so much about restaurants maybe you should look into what that is!”

      – I know nothing about agricultural licensing. Please enlighten us all. Just provide a link for us. Also, could you point out for us in this agricultural licensing the part about serving hot food in the state of Georgia and inspections.

      “You want to be smart so bad til the point where your dumb .”

      – Some writers are confused by you’re and your. A mistake involving these constitutes a grammatical howler. The word your sits before another word (usually a noun or a pronoun) to show that it belongs to “you” (e.g., your car, your arm), is of “you” (e.g., your picture, your photograph) or is related to “you” (e.g., your uncle). You’re is a contraction of you are. It has no other uses. This is a 100% rule. If you cannot expand it to you are in your sentence, then it is wrong.
      Your sentence should read like this: “You want to be smart so bad, to the point that you are/you’re dumb”

      ” But I’m almost 100% sure you’ll go to those Chinese restaurants where they feed you anything and be pleased !!!”

      -You are right, I love Chinese. They always have their inspection score prominently displayed too.

      ” And this establishment always wears gloves !!!”

      -Google defines the word “Always” as At all times. On all occasions. So to say that they “always” wear gloves means that they would have had on gloves when I decided to patronize the business and they did not. Therefore, they do not “always” wear gloves. It’s just that simple.

      ” Maybe next time you should pull the owner to the side and tell them all This instead of trying to tell the world !”

      -Maybe you are not familiar with the act of food blogging. A lot of people do it. There are entire websites dedicated to it. My favorite is UrbanSpoon.com. You will also find my article posted there. You should check it out, along with the thousands of other people that leave their opinions about restaurants. Also, I am not a hater. I just tell the truth. I also wrote about a black owned restaurant called “Mustard Seed BBQ”. They were great. Here is the link http://wordbending.com/2014/01/24/mustard-seed-bbq/.
      Lastly, it is not my responsibility nor is it my desire to pull any grown person aside to tell them how to improve their business. The act of “pulling someone to the side” is called consulting and people get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to do it. If the owners ask my opinion and seek my advice, I will gladly do so for a fee. Otherwise, they are free to run their business how they please, and I am free to write about it, just like thousands of other people do around the nation.

      Again, wordbending.com always welcomes feedback and we hope that our response to your comments helped a little. We are not out to bash anyone, Just reviewing the restaurant. For the record, I believe I gave the place a pretty fair review. Good day.

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  3. I’ve been to this place when I’m in town, and can agree that customer service, at best was lacking, and at worse was non-existent.

    But, I’m from Chicago, and have ordered Chinese & Greek through a window, so they get a pass from me.

    Food is always bomb, never looked for an inspection grade, something I have got to start doing.

    I hate to say this in a public space, but, I have just grown to accept that some Black business is just going to be sub-standard. It’s the cross, I feel, we have to bear in order to support our own people.

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