Jumbo Crab on Fort Campbell Boulevard is one of those places that when you walk in, you immediately feel comfortable. With a fun nautical theme, sharks’ heads hanging around and signatures of patrons adorning the walls, you know you’re in for a laid-back, beach-style experience.
The service was fantastic with our server informing us of the many specials offered at Jumbo Crab. And although the service was great in every way, it wasn’t overbearing. We went to Jumbo Crab for a family birthday celebration. We were there to spend some time together, and our server timed everything just right. He was knowledgeable about the menu, answered all of our questions and kept the drinks full.
Starting off, we had the hushpuppies and the spicy onion rings as our appetizers. The hushpuppies were great, fried to a crispy golden brown. The spicy onion rings were a totally different menu item, but delicious. Beer-battered onion rings infused with a spicy hot sauce, served with cold ranch dressing on the side for dipping, these babies packed some heat. The combination was spot on if you enjoy something on the hot side. I do, and the combination of flavors here was just delectable. The crispy beer batter, onions and heat made for an exceptional beginning to an amazing meal.
Now, for the main course, the crab and lobster pot. A huge, heaping pot of absolutely succulent lobster tails and snow crab legs arrived at our table. Drenched in garlic butter with medium heat – you get to choose if and how hot you want it – stuffed full of not just lobster and crab, but oodles of shrimp, sausage, vegetables and potatoes, this was a meal fit for royalty. The perfectly cooked lobster dipped in warm garlic butter was chock full of the salty flavor of the sea. The crab legs, with its tender meat, and prawn shrimp, all smothered in butter, oh my goodness, just delicious flavors took over the senses at every bite.
This was one of several special jumbo pot meals offered at Jumbo Crab, more than enough to feed our entire family of five. It came with four sets of snow crab legs, four lobster tails and plenty of fixings. Also included with the special was an ample side order of catfish, fried shrimp and a side of French fries. Four beverages were also included, all for just less than $120. When you look at the market prices of seafood and doing all of the add-ons of sausage, veggies, more shrimp, whatever you like, you would have spent well more than amount. This was plenty to feed three adults and two children with lots of leftovers to take home. It was an exceptional meal on every level, and you could not find a better deal in town.
I don’t want to just gloss over the fried catfish and shrimp here either. This was some of the best catfish I’ve ever had. Perfectly breaded, fried and fresh from the grease, the smoking-hot catfish and shrimp were full of crunch and flavor like I have never tasted before. The magic was in the breading here, giving the epic crunch that I just love if I’m eating some fried chicken, shrimp, catfish or whatever the dish may be. For me, it’s all about the crisp and the crunch. Jumbo Crab absolutely nailed it here.
If you are looking for a meal out of the ordinary and want to be a bit decadent, but still have to watch the prices, Jumbo Crab is the place to be. Exceptional food, fantastic quantities and great service all make Jumbo Crab a No. 1 pick when dining out in Clarksville. Jumbo Crab is at 1661 Fort Campbell Blvd.
Teresa Filgis reviews restaurants for Main Street Clarksville. She is a native Clarksvillian and has worked in the Clarksville restaurant and food scene for more than 20 years. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.