When the first Sartin's opened in Sabine Pass in 1972, it was little more than a couple of tables at a fish market. Spicy barbecued crabs and cold beer attracted a lot of sandy, sunburned diners clad in their bathing suits on the way home from the beaches of Bolivar—and given their attire, it didn't matter much that barbecued crabs were messy to eat.
3520 Nederland Ave.
There have been 14 different locations of the legendary crab shack in the Beaumont and Houston area over the years. The Nederland restaurant run by Kim Sartin Tucker is one of last two remaining outposts, and the closest to the beach.
You can still get all-you-can-eat barbecued crabs and shrimp for $35, but most diners are content with the huge pile of spicy crabs that comes on the $20 barbecued crab dinner. The crabs are crusted with spices, deep-fried and absolutely delicious, but they take a long time to eat—try to go with very patient dining companions.