Welcome to The Original Crabby Bills
Thank you for visiting the ORIGINAL Crabby Bill's on Indian Rocks Beach Florida. We are currently improving our site to serve you better. Please give us a call to order take out or for any questions you may have related to our restaurant.
The Original Crabby Bill's Story
The adventure started much earlier with a young man and his wife beginning a life and a family together. Mom and Dad (Dolores and Bill Loder) had been in the seafood business since early after their marriage in 1954 in New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia. They sold blue crabs on the side of the road, and they also owned a small seafood restaurant together. Dolores and Bill loved traveling to the Jersey shore, Delaware and Maryland to acquire fresh product to sell to the public who enjoyed their style of serving fresh seafood. In 1968, they moved to Madeira Beach, Florida, where they not only sold blue crabs along the roadside, but also did the fishing, the clamming, and the hauling of seafood all throughout the state until they finally opened their very own small restaurant, Captain Bill’s Beach Kitchen in 1975. Mom cooked (and what a great cook she was!) and Dad shucked clams, oysters , and the likes, while the kids pitched in to lend a helping hand. As the children married, another member was added to the Loder family team. After several locations, and many boats, crab traps and refrigeration trucks later, we ended up right here, in beautiful Indian Rocks Beach, FLA. Since we had sold the Captain Bill’s name and its location in 1982, we needed to drum up a new name for our family business and that is when daughter Eleanor exclaimed, “Dad is crabby, we like crabs, why not Crabby Bill’s?”…and history was made.
Some of our delicious dishes