If you’re a local reader, I want to share a delicious restaurant that I had the pleasure of trying last week – Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar in Cary. Tucked away in a spot near La Farm Bakery and right next door to Bruegger Bagels, Shuckin’ Shack is a laid back oyster bar that offers fresh seafood, local beer on draft and a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Upon my arrival, I noticed the outdoor patio which is a wonderful addition especially with the beautiful weather we’ve been having.
The staff was super friendly and Brad, the owner, greeted me with a smile. As I said, the laid back vibe is very welcoming and I happily chose a seat at the bar. The restaurant is decorated with old photos showing fishing docks, oyster shucking and some local buildings such as the actual High House that the local road is named after.
I was told that they have specials both on food and drinks everyday, a Dark & Stormy was that days particular beverage special and crab legs were listed as the food special. Some of the most popular items include:
- Sharkbite Shrimp – described as similar to “Bang Bang Shrimp” but even better! 🙂
- Crab Balls – delicious mini crab cake balls breaded, deep friend and served with po-boy sauce.
- Lobster Roll – Y’ALL…this thing is absolutely delicious! The spicy mustard remoulade is out of this world good.
- Saul T’s Steampot – I had to go to the website to list all of the wonderful things included in this steampot: “1 dozen oysters (steamed we shuck or you shuck or raw we shuck), 1 dozen steamed clams, 1 lb. steamed crab legs, 1/2 lb. steamed shrimp with your choice of lemon pepper, old bay seasoning or plain, 2 pieces of corn, & 2 slaws.”
I asked Brad what his favorite item on the menu was and he said that he loves the shrimp tacos but kicks them up a notch with buffalo sauce – yum! I was so excited to try the food after all the small talk. I ordered the crab balls, lobster roll and a couple of their Shuckin’ Hot Wings. I am a crab cake fanatic (just ask my husband!) but I’m extremely picky. I was told that the crab balls are made by breaking down a crab cake into a few pieces, rolling them into balls, battering them and throwing them in the fryer. Served with po-boy sauce, these crispy little balls of heaven were a wonderful start to my meal. I would go back JUST for them! Onto the lobster roll…so. darn. good. Like really, order it! You won’t be disappointed. It was so full of lobster, tasted extremely fresh, wasn’t slathered with an abundance of mayo and topped with the most delicious spicy mustard remoulade. I made sure to save half so I could take it home to my husband to try, haha! I was also excited to try the wings because as I’m not a huge fan of spicy food, I was assured that the Shuckin’ Hot Wings weren’t over the top hot. I was really pleased with those as well, they had just the right amount of heat (especially when dipped in ranch!). 😉
My father is a commercial fisherman and I have so many fond memories of going out on the boat, fishing, smelling fish frying in the kitchen and going clamming in the river. Shuckin’ Shack is definitely a place that I will be taking him to, especially because all of their seafood is fresh and never farm raised. This is HUGE for me because it’s so hard to find restaurants that don’t use farm raised crap. It’s gross and tastes absolutely horrible – bleh!
All in all, I was so pleased with my first visit to Shuckin’ Shack in Cary! I can’t wait to go back with Charlee and Justin and as I said, my parents. Check out some more photos of my visit below!