5100 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Cost range: 10.01-20.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: South Pinellas beaches
The Loder family started Captain Bill's back in 1975, then sold it and moved on to the unnamed next project. As Matt Loder remembers it, one of his sisters said, "We love eating crabs, we love selling crabs and Dad is pretty crabby." Not sure how patriarch Bill Loder felt about that assessment, but the original Crabby Bill's in Indian Rocks Beach was launched in 1983. The business has grown, with franchises and offshoots (a Tarpon Springs location opened at the beginning of June 2009), but the comfy flagship store is going strong, staffed, as Matt Loder says, by "cousins, in-laws and outlaws," with a menu that lavishes attention on shrimp, crabs and local grouper.