The Crab Trap II is one restaurant we always go to when we are in the area of the Ellenton Outlet Mall ... which is just where we were this past Monday.
We enjoy the menu with it's vast variety, from Conch Fritters to Gator Fritters and lots of oddities in between, however we normally stick with the standard fare of stone crab, crab cakes, shrimp or fish.
Yes this sign is just outside of the Crab Trap, and yes the large pond does have a few gators in it and that's quite common in Florida.
The interior of the Crab Trap is very tropical with lots of bamboo, ceiling fans and sea shell light fixtures.
Cypress Knees are another oddity that was used in the Crab Trap decor. These "knees" are usually seen protruding up out of the water in a swamp or bayou, their purpose is still a mystery. Some botanist think they furnish the cypress trees with air or perhaps minerals. Here they look like stalactites ...
... or stalagmites.
The main dinning area is built on 2 levels so there are a few steps to negotiate between the upper and lower dinning rooms. By doing it this way the upper level can also enjoy the lovely views from the Crab Trap windows.
Someone got carried away with the lighting in this restaurant. Pendants have shades of weathered wood slates and there are chandeliers made of large cypress stumps that have been cleverly wired and lights attached. Large sea shells have been made into wall sconces and then there are strings of Christmas lights draped everywhere.
But what I enjoy the most, as I munch on a delicious crab burger, is the view outside their windows .