Cluck’n Crabs Opens in Beach Haven West

Nov 14, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

The winking chicken on the logo gives it away: The new takeout Cluck’n Crabs is all about fried chicken and crab cakes, plus shrimp and then some, offered affordably.

The plaza at 857 Mill Creek Rd., Beach Haven West in Stafford Township, was busy last weekend with customers trying the new eatery and pledging to come back. The corrugated metal wall shines on a few seats for dining in; the rest of the business is takeout, delivery and catering.

Cluck’n Crabs is the creation of the Costa family of Beach Haven West. They have been Stafford Township residents for a year since moving from Lumberton. John, Amy, Johnny and Chrissy have long dreamed of welcoming guests into their own restaurant and now they’re making new friends every day.

Cluck’n Crabs serves fresh crab cakes made from a secret family recipe.

Amy Costa said many guests giggle while they ask about fillers, but it turns to laughter when John replies, “Our filler is crab meat!”

They also serve jumbo fried shrimp (very popular at $8.95, the same price as the single crab cake), chicken wings, and a unique boneless breast of fried chicken. Guests have also been enjoying the macaroni and cheese, into which they can add lobster, crab, pork bellies or peas.

The restaurant prides itself on high-quality food, reasonable prices, and “super-friendly” service.

“We feel that we can serve a high-quality product and keep our prices reasonable,” Amy said. “We believe our super-friendly service is what will really set us apart. We are looking forward to serving all of our neighbors and friends in the community.”

The establishment opened Nov. 2 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. They welcomed guests that day with live music by local favorite Boose Ruteledge from the Pickles and with many giveaways including T-shirts, Koozies, reusable bags and free food.

Throughout the winter, the restaurant is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. The phone number is 609-488-2013 and the website is They also have a Facebook page.  —M.S.





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