I had to check out Flowood, Mississippi’s Half Shell Oyster House due to my new love for oysters. I had heard great things about it and opted to visit Half Shell for brunch with my daughter, Taylor, and her fiancé, Blake. Our meal did not disappoint and I will definitely be back to Half Shell Oyster House the next time I am in town.
Delicious Dining at Half Shell Oyster House
After looking at Half Shell Oyster House’s menu, I quickly pushed aside my desire for oysters and turned my attention to their Southern eats. I chose the Shrimp and Grits with a House Salad and Steamed Broccoli.
Blake ordered the Bacon & Pecan Crusted Redfish and Taylor had a Chicken Bacon Swiss Sandwich with Fries. Other interesting side options were Cheddar Cheese Grits, Jalapeño Hushpuppies, and Turnip Greens, just to mention a few. Man, I love being in the South!
To Describe the Taste We Must Add Exclamation Points!
My Shrimp & Grits were magnificent! If you are a fan of this Southern dish, definitely order it. Instead of the usual shrimp atop a bed of grits, Half Shell Oyster House’s version used Cheddar cheese grit cakes as the base. The cakes were smothered in a smoky, rich, bacon cream sauce, and we will ignore how many calories were in it. Blake raved about his redfish; seasoned to perfection and a surprisingly large portion. The redfish filet was topped with an original orange beurre blanc sauce that was well-suited to enhance the flavors.
The thoughts of the Tempura Battered Asparagus, Shrimp Orleans, and Fried Green Tomato appetizers were tempting, but we passed on them. However, I did have a cup of Half Shell’s Seafood Gumbo. It was really tasty, full of shrimp, crawfish, and crab meat.
The decor at Half Shell Oyster House is both lively and classic at the same time; one certainly feels comfortable there. It has a New Orleans vibe, which adds to the festive undertone. I admired the wrought iron fixtures and all of the artwork. There are seven other Half Shell Oyster House locations, including one in Alabama and two in Florida. I can certainly see why; their menu is exceptional for a main stream eatery. Kudos for serving only Gulf Coast seafood and local oysters!
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