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Review: Shell Shack For Crabs, Shrimp, Crawfish and More

DSC02693by Steven Doyle

After a short wait you are approached table-side by a perky member of the waitstaff who scribbles their name on the white butcher paper clad table and asks for your favorite beverage. There is plenty to choose from at Shell Shack, now with locations spread across Dallas and Fort Worth, no doubt with more on the way. We order, we drink. Then the decision time arrives, what to order from this seemingly vast menu.

Without a doubt, crab is to be on the short list of what to order. But it is nearing crawfish season, and even though we are told they are not the largest we will find, those are coming once the weather stabilizes and they are large enough now to enjoy. There are no conspiracies to keep large crawfish from the mitts of Dallasites as your Houston friends might try to tell you. Shell Shack procures the best graded crawfish available. Think mid-March, around St. Pat’s Day for the best crop. Consider that the luck of the Irish.  Continue reading

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Ragin’ Crab For All Your Mudbuggery (And Crab)

o (3)by Steven Doyle

It is mudbug season again and we will be working on the best hotspots for our 2018 scouting report for the best places to enjoy crawfish for the next few weeks. The bugs are still a bit small because of the colder weather, but look for that to change in the coming weeks.

We checked out the Ragin’ Crab recently and thought the crawfish were smaller than we usually enjoy, they were of eating size and cooked seriously well. This means they were not mushy or overcooked, had a tender bite with extreme sauce flavors. These people have their cooking methods down, and the sauce with a kicking spice for any level you prefer (or none).  Continue reading

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The Rustic Hosts Day-Long Mardi Craw Party

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Laissez les bons temps rouler at The Rustic’s third annual Mardi Craw Party this Fat Tuesday.

The Uptown hot spot is celebrating Mardi Gras bayou-style by serving up authentic Cajun cooking and cocktails on Tuesday, Feb. 13. In addition to its delicious menu of farm-fresh, homestyle dishes, The Rustic will be offering its twist on Louisiana-inspired food and drink staples. Continue reading

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Crawfish: A Primer

by Jon Alexis

Crawfish boils rock. What’s more fun than bugs, beer and buddies?

We have some useful tips on how to throw your first crawfish boil… without everyone knowing you’re a rookie.  Follow along.  Continue reading

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The 2017 Ultimate Crawfish List and Locator

crawfishby Steven Doyle

February 2017 is seeing a bounty of great crawfish with massive tiny lobster-sized crawfish, the grade A type, in and around Dallas. Some are juked up in spices, some are rather tame, but however you find them, or enjoy the critters, it is a good year to be alive and loving crawfish.

Bit some heads, suck tail and scream a glorious chorus to our pals down on the bayou for sending us the good stuff.   Continue reading

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2016 Top Ten Places To Enjoy Crawfish In Dallas

crawfishby Steven Doyle

Although we have seen crawfish as early as December, the bugs just aren’t at their peak sizes just yet. It is a bit early, but they are tasty and it looks to be a great year for crawfish. The winter has been mild and the we haven’t experienced the flooding in prime breeding grounds like we did last year. For now we will enjoy medium-sized crawfish until the more mature beasts start filtering through. We have already been scoping out the latest hot spots for the 2015 season, and we have plenty to share. Notice a few newcomers on the list this year that will excite your palates with their rendition of the spicy crustaceans.

May we present our 2016 favorites:   Continue reading

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Shell Shack Opening Second Location in Plano This March

shell shackby Steven Doyle

The much loved Uptown seafood haunt, Shell Shack, is set to open its door in Plano sometime in March. The latest location is situated at Park and the Tollway, a popular hot spot for many new restaurants. We spoke today with one of the partners of Shell Shack, Dallas Hale, and he said that the equipment has already been delivered, all licenses were in place (typically the largest obstacle for any bar or restaurant), and he is just waiting for the build out to be finished and to train a new staff. This is exciting news for those that love spicy crabs, shrimp, and crawfish.   Continue reading

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