Half Shell Oyster House: A Flowood, Mississippi Restaurant
Because of my new found love of oysters, I knew I had to check out Flowood, Mississippi’s Half Shell Oyster House.
I had heard great things about it and opted to visit Half Shell for brunch with my daughter, Taylor, and her fiancé, Blake. From impressive service to decadent Cajun/Creole favorites, our meal did not disappoint.
I will definitely be back to Half Shell Oyster House the next time I am in town.
Delicious Dining at Half Shell Oyster House
My family arrived at Half Shell Oyster House on a Sunday during brunch. We didn’t have to wait long for a table and were seated in a cozy booth soon after. 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 with an emphasis on Cajun/Creole flair. I chose the decadent sounding Shrimp and Grits that came with a house salad and my choice of side, steamed broccoli.
Blake opted for the Bacon & Pecan Crusted Redfish while Taylor, a lover of plain foods, chose a Chicken Bacon Sandwich with fries. Other tempting choices were the Cheddar Cheese Grits, Jalapeño Hushpuppies, and Turnip Greens. Isn’t Southern food the best?
To start the meal, I ordered a cup of Gumbo, which was tasty with lots of shrimp, crab meat, and crawfish. It didn’t take me long to realize that I should have gone with a bowl.
Exclamation Points Are Necessary To Describe the Taste!
My big bowl of Shrimp & Grits were magnificent! If you are a fan of this Southern dish, definitely order it from Half Shell Oyster House. Instead of the usual shrimp atop a bed of grits, their version uses Cheddar cheese grit cakes as the base, then covered with smoky, rich, bacon cream sauce. Calories did not count for this meal and you’ll never convince me otherwise.
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 fresh fish flavor. Taylor was happy with her sandwich, as well.
A+ for Ambiance
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 four other Half Shell Oyster House locations in the state of Mississippi, and three in other states (Alabama and Florida). I can certainly see why the restaurant is so popular; their menu and food quality is exceptional. Kudos for serving only Gulf Coast seafood and local oysters!
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