Which seafood place won the top spot in our Best of Atlanta poll? No. 4: Crawfish Shack Seafood in DeKalb No. 3: Pappadeaux, with locations in North Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett No. 2: The Optimist in Atlanta No. 1: Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar in Cobb

Georgia restaurant ranked among America’s best seafood shacks

The Daily Meal rounded up the 35 best seafood shacks in the country

Around a half-hour drive from Savannah sits The Crab Shack, a local eatery “where the elite eat in their bare feet,” according to the restaurant’s website

From exotic birds to an alligator pond to fresh seafood staples, this seafood shack was just named one of America’s 35 Best Seafood Shacks by The Daily Meal

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Owners Jack and Belinda Flanigan bought the fish camp that would turn into The Crab Shack in 1983, but according to their website, no one is sure of the exact date it opened. The first menu was drawn on a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood, and it can still be seen there today. 

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In order to pick the best seafood shacks, the website took into account location, price and seafood that was served simply. The laid-back atmosphere, no-frills seafood and proximity to the beach are just a few reasons why The Crab Shack made the list. Snow crab, Dungeness crab and more, if it weren’t obvious by the name, this restaurant specializes in crab but still has plates for people who prefer turf over surf. 

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