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While a plate and utensils suffice for most restaurants, The Drunken Crab, which has just opened at 416 State St. in Santa Barbara, provides patrons with gloves, a bib and no plate at all.
“The table is your plate,” said The Drunken Crab’s director of operations, Nani Liu. “It’s peel-and-eat picnic-style, which means everything comes whole — so the lobsters are full, the shrimp has the shell and head and tail on it.”
The restaurant, which sports a bar and an array of black-and-white portraits of elderly mariners, offers a wide variety of Louisiana-style seafood on Lower State Street, the restaurant’s second location after North Hollywood.
“This concept is really saturated in LA,” Liu told Noozhawk. “There are so many different types of crab shacks like this.
“We wanted to be the first in a different town, and why not beautiful, sunny Santa Barbara? Although there are other seafood restaurants, there’s nothing like this around.”
The Drunken Crab’s bar offers beer, wine and soju cocktails.
“It’s a very fun, loud atmosphere,” Liu said. “People come here, and it’s up to the staff to really give them that vibe of, not only are you going to get dirty, but you’re going to have fun while you do it. It’s actually one of our cornerstones — to have fun.”