Monday, August 28, 2017

Miss Katie's Crab Shack, Melbourne CBD by Rockstar

Another unplanned Friday night dinner in Melbourne city. Ms Fancy Pants and I met after work, while Ms Green and Ms Black were travelling in from the burbs and weren't going to arrive til 6:30pm at the earliest. Ms Fancy Pants and I walked past our planned destination and wondered whether we could queue for the next hour for a table….  But it was cold and wet. We went to the food court and sat and googled places close by. Miss Katie's Crab Shack was just around the corner and I'd been keen to try since they used to be in Fitzroy.

Miss Katie's Crab Shack, Melbourne CBD, crab boil
Crab boil

They're located at Ding Dong Lounge - so it was up the stairs to a quirky, funky nautically themed bar. We easily got a table at 5:30pm and ordered ourselves a 2 for 1 cocktail!  

Miss Katie's Crab Shack, Melbourne CBD, corny pop
I had the Corny Pop, spiced rum, apple juice, popcorn syrup, lime and a popcorn salt rim! It really was like drinking popcorn with that buttery salty tangy punch!

Miss Katie's Crab Shack, Melbourne CBD, bloody Mary
Ms Fancy Pants had the Crab Shack Bloody Mary! They were spectacular in their kitsch cuteness!

Miss Katie's Crab Shack, Melbourne CBD, fried school prawns
We decided we needed some snacks to keep us going so ordered the crispy fried school prawns - I love those crunchy little critters and they are perfect bar food!

Miss Katie's Crab Shack, Melbourne CBD, florodora
When Ms Green and Ms Black joined us we had another round, and they added their Florodora, a flamingo adorned gin, raspberry, lime and ginger beer delight…. This may have turned into a jug!

Miss Katie's Crab Shack, Melbourne CBD, Jim Bean jelly sour
The Jim Beam and jelly sour was also a hit!

Miss Katie's Crab Shack, Melbourne CBD, fried green tomatoes
We needed some food and there was plenty of fried alcohol soaking up options! I've always wanted to try fried green tomatoes! These came with goats curd and hot sauce and weren't bad… a little less fried batter would have made them even tastier.

Miss Katie's Crab Shack, Melbourne CBD, fries
The fries were good.

Miss Katie's Crab Shack, Melbourne CBD, crab boil
Hammer time!

Ms Fancy Pants had to try the boil - swimmer crab, potato, chorizo, butter, lemon and old bay (see first pic). She enjoyed it, especially cracking the crab legs with the hammer!! Food and entertainment in one!

Miss Katie's Crab Shack, Melbourne CBD, fried chicken, slaw, waffles
Fried chicken with slaw or waffles

I wasn't in a hammer wielding mood, so like the others I ordered the fried chicken. I went for the fresh slaw with it, while Ms Black went the waffles and maple syrup and went went halves. The waffles were soft and fluffy and I loved them…. I just don't get the whole chicken and waffles but that's okay…. I devoured it like soft sweet syrupy bread! I love fried chicken…. the chicken here was juicy, but there was just too much fried coating for me…. So I peeled that off and ate the chicken. Maybe without the other fried food options it would have been more balanced.

Miss Katie's Crab Shack, Melbourne CBD
When we were there there was an awesome DJ doing music bingo which was great fun and a nice side interest while we were eating, drinking and gossiping!


We liked it
We liked it.
Mid value
Mid value.


Fab cocktails, especially at happy hour prices, fun environment and good old fried food! Fit for a friend's Friday night!!!!

Find it at

Miss Katie's Crab Shack
Inside the Ding Dong Lounge
18 Market Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
Telephone: (03) 9654 3549

Miss Katie's Crab Shack Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 


  1. Disappointing that it wasn't a "really like". I've been itching to go to this place since they first opened, unfortunately children have a way of controlling your life!😘. Nean

    1. Nean it was great for post work drinks- I think like you, I'd been waiting to go forever and had such high hopes for the chicken. And it was good, but not goooooooood!!! I think I've been spoilt on trips to the US! I'd still recommend going, when the kids are somewhere else, and enjoy those cocktails!!!
      The Rockstar

  2. Capiche, Amigo! Nan and pop have a. Babysitting date!


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