By Amy Baird
When you hear Crabby’s you might think of seafood; however, this Crabby’s is not fishy. They have authentic diner-style burgers and Mexican food. Plus it is all fresh, made to order and pretty delicious. So if you’re like me and you’ve driven by the Crabby’s sign and wondered what’s inside that slick new building, you better read on.
First, let’s talk about the name. Why Crabby’s? It is actually named for the owner, Cory Crabb. He is a local who travels all over the state and wanted to open his own place close to home. The goal was to have something fresh made that was yummy. After eating out nearly every day with his job, he knew what he liked and he wanted to share it with the community. The name says “to go” but there is seating inside. The interior is pretty cool with some fun decorations like skateboards on the wall and dirt bikes hanging from the ceiling.
One thing that stood out to me was how fresh the food tasted. I’m used to getting enchiladas and the sauce tastes like it came out of a can. Or you eat refried beans and you just know they weren’t made fresh. When I took a bite, I knew the sauces and beans were made fresh that day. Everything at Crabby’s is made from scratch. It just tastes good.
The menu is pretty straightforward. They have American favorites like hamburgers (Crabby Patties), chicken sandwiches (chicken fingers on a bun), and fries. They also offer Mexican favorites like enchiladas, smothered burritos, quesadillas, nachos, and taco salads. They focus on serving food that is made to order so it is fresh but it necessarily ready in three minutes. This isn’t a fast food place where they have premade food that they just reheat.
I tried out a range of options to get a feel for the menu. My favorite was the burgers, crabby patties which are named after the owner, Cory Crab. The meat is fresh and never frozen and comes from a local provider. A crabby patty comes with pickles, tomatoes, and pink sauce. The buns come from a local bakery in Springville and they are toasted for the burgers. I’d recommend getting the fries. They are traditional thin French fries and they have some pretty delicious fry sauce.
The chicken sandwich is chicken fingers with mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomato served on the same yummy buns. The chicken was tender with a crunchy breading. It wasn’t my typical order but I really liked the sandwich. They also offer 3- and 6-piece chicken fingers.
From the Mexican food menu, I really liked my chicken enchiladas. The enchilada was smothered with green sauce (you can also pick red sauce). The sauce was delicious with just the right amount of heat. The chunks of chicken were delicious. The chicken is fresh as well and never frozen. It honestly tasted homemade. It came all wrapped up in a corn tortilla.
The smothered beef and bean burrito was huge. It was full of ground beef and those yummy refried beans that taste homemade. I loved the flavor of them and kept taking more bites, even though it wasn’t what I ordered. One day, I’m going to actually end up ordering my favorite so I can eat the whole thing instead of just a bite. The burrito was served smothered and was covered with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, olives and sour cream. It also had chips on the side. Next time I come I’m planning to get the macho taco bowl, which looks amazing.
I also tried out the raspberry shake, which was creamy and delicious. It is the perfect way to finish our your meal if you get a crabby patty and fries. They offer a variety of fruit flavors as well as Oreo, mint, toffee, and malt flavors. They also have slushes, floats, freezes, smoothies, and ice cream cones.
I am hoping to go back soon to try out their breakfast. The prices are super reasonable and breakfast items include breakfast burritos, French toast, and biscuits and gravy. They also serve hot, fresh coffee from a local company. I definitely appreciated the locally sourced ingredients that they use.
So next time you are driving through Santaquin and you see the big sign for Crabby’s To Go, stop by and give it a try. Crabby’s to Go is located on 34 S Highland Dr in Santaquin. They are open Monday to Thursday from 7 am to 9 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. They are closed on Sundays.