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 →
There is no doubt that the people at Crave enjoy great seafood, and what a marvelous time of year to enjoy delicious creatures from the sea. Although none of us are Catholic at Crave (more heathen than anything else), the Lenten season gives us great reason to jump on the wagon to good food. From briny oysters to sweet crabs of all sorts and so much more.
With a great craving today for seafood we wish to reminisce over nine great dishes we have had recently that involved seafood. Indulge us. Continue reading →
Black-eyed peas have long been a traditional New Years dish with the thought that they bring the eater good luck. The tradition dates back to the Civil War, when Union troops, especially in areas targeted by General William Tecumseh Sherman, typically stripped the countryside of all stored food, crops, and livestock, and destroyed whatever they could not carry away. At that time, Northerners considered “field peas” and field corn suitable only for animal fodder, and did not steal or destroy these humble foods. It’s a southern thing.
There are a few great places to enjoy your personal pot of good luck in the Dallas area. Certainly look to the obvious spots such as Celebration on Lovers Lane in Dallas where they have been serving southern hospitality since 1971. In addition to your black-eyed peas, you can also find a great chicken fried steak, catfish, meatloaf and other hearty dishes to start your year off right. Continue reading →
The start of each new year brings new possibilities. Here in 2020, that means a new opportunity to eat crawfish. So, good news: the season for enjoying those delicious mudbugs has arrived, and Shell Shack is your go-to spot for getting them. Continue reading →
The hardest part of New Year’s Eve is deciding where to celebrate. But Shell Shackhas solved that problem for you by hosting a fun and festive party. There’s no cover to get in, but there will be plenty of food and drinks. The kitchen will be serving up delicious crab, catfish. oysters, shrimp and other favorites all night long, while the bar pours beer, bubbly and creative cocktails. Continue reading →
Ariana Hajibashisent this note to me with a bit of relief for the Dallas tornado victims. Ariana has a per firm that works with restaurants, so see this fireball if your company needs help with public relations – she can help.
She has two clients willing to help those in need so far, but I felt it prudent to run the list as is, we can add later. If your restaurant has a deal for victims, send me a note at Steven@cravedfw.com Continue reading →