If you haven’t had a shuckin’ good time lately, then you need to hurry over to the Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar located on the mainland in Surf City. Once you do, it just might become your favorite “go to” restaurant and sports bar.
I had no idea that this fresh seafood eatery existed. While I was snooping around the area looking for another restaurant, the Shucking’ Shack Oyster Bar’s happy signage caught my eye. I decided right then that Bill and I would come back to this fun place and eat on his next day off. As always, I keep my promises when it comes to trying new seafood restaurants. A few days later, we got “shucked” at the Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar!
When we walked into the Shucking’ Shack and Oyster Bar, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was also a sports bar. Big TVs and sport gaming charts took up some of the wall space while the rest of it was crammed with surfboards, huge game fish, beer lights and cute surfing and fishing slogans. I love the tastefully tacky decor.
Our waitress seated us at the bar. It was noon and the tables were quickly filling up with what appeared to be mostly local folks. They all seemed to order their dishes with the confidence of return guests. To me, that is one of the marks of a good restaurant. Return guests come back for the meals they like!
As we chatted with our waitress, we learned that the restaurant was owned by Jason and Beverly Simas, transplants from Michigan and West Virginia. They were now bonafide Carolinians and proud locals, just like many of their customers. She pointed over to the “order’s up” window that looked out over the bar from the kitchen. “That’s Jason, in the kitchen. He’s also our chef.” I was impressed that Jason was a working owner. That meant he would personally see to it that each dish had the owner’s seal of approval.
We ordered our food from the menu. Bill got a shrimp and oyster Po’ Boy and I got fish and chips. Our waitress commented that every dish and sauce was fresh and made in house. My haddock was hand cut and breaded with a Yuengling beer and lemon pepper batter. Bill’s sandwich was filled to overflowing with lightly battered fried shrimp and fried oysters. There was a spicy mayonnaise sauce that was drizzled over the stacked seafood delicacies. It was a beautiful creation and I wondered how Bill would manage to get the huge pile of goodness into his mouth. But somehow he did it. Both our plates had crispy French fries and slaw that was as good as homemade. Really!
As we sat at the bar, we watched as one beautiful dish after another came from the kitchen. We asked our waitress if we could take a few pictures of the plates before they were served to their customers. I think they had some of the most beautiful trays of raw oysters on the half shell I had ever seen. There were tin buckets full of shrimp, corn and crab legs with pretty, handmade hush puppies rounding out the entree. Honestly, I was blown away by the restaurant’s divine looking food.
The Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar has a full-service bar. The waitstaff can make your favorite cocktail or introduce you to something bold and new if you’re feeling a bit daring. Plus, they have a good selection of foreign and domestic beers. Bill had an ice cold Pacifico, served in a frosted mug. Hey guys, it just doesn’t get much better than that!
In July of 2017, The Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar will be celebrating its second anniversary. I don’t want you to visit us this summer without knowing about this delightful option for your seafood dining pleasure. Stop by on the way before you get to Topsail or come in and have a taste of the ocean on your way back home. You’ll want to make this seafood eatery part of your Topsail vacation tradition.
The Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar is located at:
Highway 210 B
Surf City, NC
Open until 10:00 PM