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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
In 1988 I was on my way from Tampa to Sarasota and ran across this great little restaurant. And I'm happy to say that it's still there and better than ever! It's technically called the Crab Trap One now because they've opened a couple of others but it will always be the plain Crab Trap to me.
As they say: "You can't miss it." Just get on the magnificent Sunshine Skyway Bridge heading southbound. This is a long bridge and causeway project. But eventually you will exit on the south side. A short way down the road on the right you'll see the Crab Trap Restaurant.
The emphasis here is not necessarily on crab but seafood in general. And most people I know get a fried seafood platter loaded with all kinds of Florida favorites including alligator. For some reason you'll also find wild boar on the menu!
John Jefferson, a friend who was at the time with the BBC out of Leeds, England, took my family out to dinner just before we left the Tampa Bay area to move north. He asked me which restaurant we'd like to dine at and we chose the Crab Trap because it typifies a down home seafood hole in the wall. John agreed with the choice. He maintained a summer home in nearby Sarasota and couldn't get enough of the place.
Order a big platter of fried fish and shellfish and you can't go wrong here. Get there early for lunch, though. The place fills up rapidly.
The Crab Trap is located at U.S. 19 and the Terra Ceia bridge in Palmetto. If you need vectors, just ring 'em up at (941) 722-6255. And bring an appetite with you to this place.