Angry Crab Shack Tucson to Open September 1

By Jackie Tran
August 25, 2017

After months of delays, the eagerly-anticipated Angry Crab Shack Tucson location will officially open on Friday, September 1.

This marks the seventh location for Angry Crab since its inception three years ago. A second location for Tucson's east side is a possibility, depending on how well this location performs, said Marc Guevara, COO and owner of Angry Crab.

While the menu offers assorted fried seafood, burgers, po' boys, barbecue, and more, the main draw is the Seafood Market priced by the pound. Live and fresh seafood are flown in daily, with crawfish being the frozen exception unless it's in season.

Guests choose a seafood, a sauce, and spice level. The Trifecta is the most popular sauce, being a combination of their KajunLemon Pepper, and Garlic. The spice level currently ranges from zero to five,  the hottest being the Scorching Scorpion.

While the menu will be nearly similar to other locations, adjustments will be made as needed for the Tucson palate and culinary trends.

"We move quick," Guevara said. "We try to stay up with what's going on in the culinary world."

For those that haven't ventured north yet, Angry Crab's service style is unique. Items (seafood and sauce) are served in a plastic bag which can then be dumped onto the paper-lined table for customers to eat with their hands. Bibs are provided, but don't wear a white shirt to be on the safe side.

Angry Crab Shack Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)
Angry Crab Shack Tucson (Credit: Jackie Tran)

If you're looking for a quiet environment, you'll need earplugs. Whenever customers order the spiciest buckets or it's someone's birthday, the siren will sound off with a megaphone announcement.

"It's rambunctious, loud," Guevara said. "You come in here with a good attitude."

The family-friendly environment also features several televisions with Pac-12 and NFL games. Customers are encouraged to write on the walls to help develop the sense of community.

Since Angry Crab is barely west of the Interstate 10 at 1365 W. Grant Rd., making a left turn into the parking lot can be tricky during rush hour. Head eastbound on Grant from Silverbell Road if you can so you can simply turn right into the lot instead.

Also, be aware that seating is first-come first-serve and that the other Angry Crab locations typically experience a 60-to-90-minute wait during peak hours, 4 - 8 p.m.

Angry Crab Shack is located at 1365 W. Grant Rd. Operating hours will be 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday - Saturday. For more information, call (520) 398-5004 or keep up with Angry Crab Tucson on Facebook.

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Jackie Tran is a Tucson-based food writer, photographer, culinary educator, and owner-chef of the food truck Tran's Fats. Although he...

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