Jun 19th, 2018

  • Greg Morago

Shell Shack to open in Houston in July

Another Dallas import is ready to make a home in the busy Houston restaurant scene.

Shell Shack, a popular seafood concept with six locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, will open its first Houston restaurant in July at 2412 Washington in the former Social Junkie Sports Bar location, which previously was home to the historic Pig Stand. .

Shell Shack is a relatively new player in the Dallas food realm, having opened its first location in 2013.

The restaurant specializes in seafood boils of king crab, snow crab, Dungeness crab, shrimp and crawfish in flavors such as Cajun, garlic, lemon pepper and "The Kitchen Sink," in spice levels mild, medium, hot and diablo.

Jun 12th, 2018

  • CraveDFW

Shell Shack Takes To The Road

Since first opening its doors in 2013, Shell Shack has become a popular spot to convene over crabs and cold drinks. None of that is changing. In fact, there are now several locations across the DFW metroplex, making it easier than ever to dive into a pile of perfectly-seasoned seafood. And yet… Shell Shack is making it even more convenient to do so with its new Mobile Kitchen.

The Shell Shack Mobile Kitchen will bring all of your favorite foods right to your doorstep. Book it for parties, corporate events, on game day and any other time when an occasion would benefit from something delicious. To ensure that customers get exactly what their event needs, Shell Shack will customize the menu, stocking the kitchen with crabs, crawfish, catfish, oysters and sides per the guest’s request.

Jun 7th, 2018


At Shell Shack Arlington, it’s good to be crabby

It’s a crab house dressed as a sports bar, and its servers would do well to put on another garment or two.

At the new Shell Shack, poignantly located in the former Olenjack’s Grille in Arlington’s Lincoln Square, seafood comes by the bag, with little pomp and less circumstance, in a crazy-loud dining area that used to serve up some of the area’s best shrimp and grits.

Did I mention I miss Olenjack’s?

Yet, a recent visit to check in on the new tenant found the venue in capable hands, steaming and spicing king, Dungeness and snow crab, as well as crawfish and shrimp, with a casual, almost respectful efficiency.

Jun 5th, 2018

  • Teresa Gubbins

Master list of 2018 restaurant openings coming soon to Dallas-Fort Worth

Summer is often the time when restaurants close, not open. But in 2018, the openings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area keep on coming.

Shell Shack,the small local chain noted for its spicy boiled shellfish such as shrimp, crawfish, and crab, opens its location at 2326 N. Henderson Ave., most recently occupied by Mellow Mushroom Pizza, and before that, Hacienda on Henderson, but which many still know as the former Cuquita's. Opens June 21.

May 30th, 2018

  • VoyageDallas

Meet Dallas Hale of Crafted Bar Concepts

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dallas Hale.
Dallas, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
After serving in the military for five years, I started bartending and learning everything I could about the hospitality industry. I knew I eventually wanted to own a bar/restaurant but let me tell you, working and owning are two very different stories. Just when I

May 11th, 2018

  • Tim O'Conner

Ready to Boil

Dallas Hale and Matt Saba were experienced sports bar and nightclub owners but hadn’t yet come up with a food-focused concept. In 2011, the duo stumbled across a casual-dining seafood restaurant while traveling and were inspired by the idea. When they returned home to Texas, they decided to introduce a crab night on at one of their sports bars for the typically slow Thursday night crowd. Within two months, Thursday had become the one of the busiest nights of the

Mar 21st, 2018

  • Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

March 2018: What's open, what's closed

Dirt is flying at Rayzor Ranch — with Andy B’s Entertainment, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Rooms To Go and more shops on the way — but doors have opened at several businesses farther east on West University Drive. The first tenants are opening their doors at the new North Lakes Shopping Center, on the corner of University and Bonnie Brae Street. Ideal Dental opened at 2200 W. University Drive. The office is open for new patients weekdays and weekends by appointment. T

Mar 19th, 2018


Shell Shack Uptown Is Moving To Henderson Ave

Shell Shack opened its Uptown Dallas location in late 2013. And now, that flagship restaurant, which has since spawned five others, is packing up and moving to Henderson Avenue. The restaurant will occupy the former Mellow Mushroom space, which means more interior seating, a patio and a bigger parking lot. The Uptown building won’t go to waste, however, as Shell Shack founder Dallas Hale will be opening a new poke concept called Poke Go Go.

Mar 13th, 2018

  • Amy McCarthy

Poke Go Go Will Replace Shell Shack In Uptown

Over the next couple of months, the Uptown outpost of boiled seafood haven Shell Shack will be transformed into a new restaurant called Poke Go Go. The growing seafood chain is shuttering its Uptown location and relocating to Knox-Henderson, taking over the space formerly occupied by Mellow Mushroom at 2326 Henderson Avenue, according to CultureMap. Now in the peak of crawfish season, Shell Shack will keep its doors open in Uptown right up until it’s time to make the m

Mar 9th, 2018

  • Teresa Gubbins

Shell Shack bails on Uptown Dallas but leaves poke restaurant in its wake

Seafood haven Shell Shack is departing its original location in Uptown Dallas and migrating to a bigger space on Henderson Avenue. In its wake it will leave a poke place. Shell Shack will re-open at 2326 N. Henderson Ave. — the space most recently occupied by Mellow Mushroom Pizza, and before that, Hacienda on Henderson, but which many still know as the former Cuquita's. It's an enviable location in the thick of Henderson Avenue, even if Mellow Mushroom had some parki

Mar 8th, 2018

  • Cleo Greene, WFAA

New vision for Uptown dims neighborhood nightlife

The chatter on McKinney Avenue in Uptown is that nightlife is slowing down to eventually transition into a more residential neighborhood. Dallas City Councilman Philip Kingston has been listening to the concerns of people who live in the area. Throughout the years, residents have filed several noise complaints about nightlife.

Mar 7th, 2018

  • Cleo Greene


The chatter on McKinney Avenue in Uptown is that nightlife is slowing down to eventually transition into a more residential neighborhood. Dallas City Councilman, Philip Kingston has been listening to the concerns of people who live in the area. Throughout the years, residents have filed several noise complaints about nightlife.

Mar 4th, 2018

  • DiningWithDeliaJo


Shell Shack first opened their doors in 2013 in Dallas, a casual restaurant specializing in infused, steamed seafood that quickly became known for their naked or saucy seafood boils and also their fried fare. The Plano location opened in 2015 at the SW corner of Park and the Tollway, bringing their coastal creations closer to those in Collin County. I first happened upon Shell Shack when a few of us were looking for “late night eats” in Plano. Open until 1am seven d

Mar 1st, 2018

  • Staff Report

Special person for special needs: Child's needs spur entrepreneur to found Allen-based nonprofit

Andrea Patrick’s twin girls were born extremely premature. Her second twin, Jessica, was born with a brain bleed, resulting in special needs for her ever since. Utilizing her entrepreneurial spirit, Patrick has formed The Unique Friends Foundation (TUFF) to equip young adults with special needs with life skills.

Feb 27th, 2018

  • Sushi Marquee

Sushi Marquee Hosts Japanese Whisky Dinner

Frisco’s most exciting new restaurant concept is hosting its first whiskey dinner. Sushi Marquee is teaming up with Suntory, makers of Toki Japanese Whisky, for a pairing event that’s not to be missed. Diners will enjoy a pre-dinner drink followed by four courses of delicious food — each expertly paired with a Toki-spiked cocktail.

Feb 16th, 2018


Talkin’ Food With…Dennis Smith Jr.: Mavs' Rookie Star on Mac and Cheese and His Love of Bojangles’

As NBA All-Star Weekend kicks off, SI Eats caught up with rookie sensation Dennis Smith Jr., point guard for the Dallas Mavericks, to get his take on some very crucial food-related topics. Smith Jr., who’s been selected for Team USA in the Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars game on Friday night, weighed in on his appreciation for mac and cheese, the best cook in the family, and Dorian Finney-Smith's eating habits.

Feb 15th, 2018

  • Steven Doyle

Review: Shell Shack For Crabs, Shrimp, Crawfish and More

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 t

Feb 14th, 2018

  • Plano Magazine

Valentine’s Day at Shell Shack

Shell Shack is offering dine-in guests a FREE bottle of champagne with any combo. Combos feed from two to six people, and are perfect for group outings. They include:
– The Boss: 2 catfish filets and 8 fried shrimp. Served with fries and hushpuppies. $22.99
– The VIP: 1lb snow crab, 1lb boiled shrimp, 2 corns, 1 potato and 1 sausage. All served with fries and hushpuppies. $42.99

Feb 8th, 2018


Shell Shack is Coming to Denton

The expansion of Interstate 35 took away the front parking of Dani Raes, which was a major factor in their decision to close. The property had no plans to be torn down and was put on the market with the expiration of the lease.
Dallas Hale, Owner of Shell Shack, was reached out to by his Real Estate Agent. " [Denton] Is one I had my eye on, I used to live in Aubrey. I always kind of kept my eye on it and all the sudden my realtor was like hey this is available."

Feb 2nd, 2018

  • Let these restaurants do the wining and dining for you.

Where to Book Valentine's Day Dinner in Dallas 2018

Celebrate this special occasion with over-the-top dishes and wine pairings. Have a Valentine’s Day menu? Send it to catherine.downes@dmagazine.com

Jan 31st, 2018

  • Kyle Martin, Staff Writer

Shell Shack seafood restaurant coming to Denton

Shell Shack, a Dallas-based seafood restaurant, will soon open in Denton, according to a press release.
Shell Shack, which first opened in 2013 in Dallas and expanded to locations in Plano, Arlington and Mesquite, will be located at the former Dani Rae's Gulf Coast Kitchen at 2303 S. Interstate 35E, near South Loop 288. The press release said it would open sometime this spring.
The menu's featured item is the "Boil," which is seasoned crab, crawfish, shrimp, corn an

Jan 12th, 2018

  • Dotty Griffith

Crazy Little Place Called Shell Shack

Need an imaginary trip to Padre Island while you long for spring? Or just craving a seafood boil? Set your map app for the nearest Shell Shack.
Since 2013 when the first Shell Shack opened in Uptown, shacks have spawned in Plano, Arlington and Mesquite. A Fort Worth location is hatching now.
At Shell Shack, it's all about the boil, although you can get fried seafood. Even a burger, wings or a chicken sandwich.

Dec 24th, 2017


Eating Out, and Well, on Christmas Day

Christmas Day poses an interesting opportunity for dining. Or is it a conundrum? For those who celebrate the holiday, it could be an opportunity to perfect and present a feast of dishes from the home oven, but for many, leaving things to the professionals is best for everyone involved. No matter if the family numbers one or 30, there is a chance for too many cooks in the kitchen, and at least one who's got a whack-ass recipe for pasta-Jell-O or cake made Campbell’s toma

Dec 18th, 2017

  • Teresa Gubbins

These Fort Worth restaurants are open on Christmas Day 2017

Whether your Christmas is a big deal surrounded by lots of falderal, or just another day in the year, you still gotta eat. In the possible scenario where you do not have food in the fridge or on the table, these places are ready to serve — from the hotel restaurant hosting the grand buffet to the convenient Chinese offering quick takeout.

Dec 12th, 2017


Satisfy your Seafood craving at Shell Shack - Dallas Food Nerd

this is a community project of a few (20+ now!) Dallas based nerds who happen to like food. probably a little too much. do you heart food? do you take pictures of everything before you eat it? Do you use foursquare, foodspotting, yelp, instagram, pinterest and twitter to share about food? Do you live or travel to the Dallas area? join us. Questions or concerns can be directed at DFN founders @Elysa or @RoryEllis or email foodie AT dallasfoodnerd.com Follow my blog with Bl

Dec 4th, 2017

  • Rita Cook – Guest Contributor

Christmas Dinner and You Don’t Even Have to Cook

Not interested in cooking Christmas dinner this year? That’s okay because here a few local restaurants that will do it for you. From pasta to seafood to the traditional turkey dinner, you can find whatever food you're in the mood for on the menu at one of these local eateries.
All the local Shell Shack locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas day and are celebrating the holiday season with seafood. On December 24 and 25 Shell Shack is offering complimentar

Nov 30th, 2017

  • OHHeyDallas


It’s no secret…
I love to eat.
I REALLY love to eat at spots that are just so damn good you want one of everything and after a recent visit to Shell Shack, I did just that.
I REALLY love to eat at spots that are just so damn good you want one of everything and after a recent visit to Shell Shack, I did just that.
You know those days where literally EVERYTHING on the menu sounds good? Welp. This was one of those days so before I even got there, I stalked th

Nov 29th, 2017

  • Leah Frazier


The city of Fort Worth is truly revving with expansions as even more construction, new listings, and openings are scheduled for 2018. From the territorial increase of Crockett Row at West 7th to the ongoing developments at the Shops at Clearfork, Fort Worth is full speed ahead in consumer growth with no plans of stopping anytime soon.
Recently announced, Fort Worth will now open its arms to one of the metroplex’s most cherished seafood destinations, Shell Shack. A no

Nov 27th, 2017

  • Teresa Gubbins

Spicy boiled seafood restaurant shacks up with Fort Worth's Alliance Town Center

A small, popular seafood restaurant chain is making its Fort Worth debut. Shell Shack will open a location at Parkside at Alliance Town Center, where it will serve seasoned crab, shrimp, oysters, and more. The restaurant is anticipated to open in summer 2018.
Shell Shack debuted in Uptown Dallas in 2013. Since then, three more branches have opened, in Plano, Mesquite, and Arlington's Lincoln Square.

Nov 21st, 2017


Shell Shack Opening in Fort Worth Early 2018

Since opening its first location in 2013, Shell Shack has quickly proved to be a hit with locals, supplying them with perfectly-seasoned crabs, shrimp, oysters and more. The original Uptown Dallas store has since been joined by others in Plano, Arlington and Mesquite, and now, the concept is expanding to Fort Worth.
Crews have already broken ground on Shell Shack’s new home, which will be located at Parkside at Alliance Town Center. The more than 5,000 square foot in

Nov 6th, 2017

  • Teresa Gubbins

North Fort Worth cajoles millennial crowd with trendy new food park

Alliance Town Center, the mixed-use development within AllianceTexas, is launching a new food park and has already signed up two restaurants, with more on the way.
Called Parkside at Alliance Town Center, it'll be a 3.5-acre food and entertainment destination integrated within a parklike setting, and will launch with two new restaurants that are both locally grown concepts: Grub Burger Bar and Shell Shack.
"Parkside at Alliance Town Center will be unlike any other d

Nov 3rd, 2017

  • ROBERT PHILPOT || rphilpot@star-telegram.com

New restaurants headed north Fort Worth. And live music, too.

FORT WORTH - If you live near the intersection of I-35W and Heritage Trace Parkway, you know that huge restaurant/retail complexes frame both sides of 35.
And more development is coming, this time north of Heritage Trace, where there’s already a Chuy's Tex-Mex, a Panera Bread, Chipotle, Pei-Wei and more.
Those restaurants are all close to Bluestem Park, a peaceful, nature-walk respite from the nearby traffic.

Nov 2nd, 2017

  • Steve Brown

Restaurant and entertainment park coming to North Fort Worth's AllianceTexas

Developer Hillwood is building a restaurant and entertainment venue in its huge AllianceTexas project in North Fort Worth.The Parkside at Alliance Town Center will have 3.5 acres of restaurants and entertainment tenants overlooking Bluestem Park. Eateries Grub Burger Bar and Shell Shack have already leased spaces in the project."We are combining unique restaurants, live music and recreational activities with the family programming that is already taking place at

Nov 2nd, 2017

  • Candace Carlisle

Grub Burger, Shell Shack first up for new destination at Fort Worth's Alliance Town Center

Dallas, Texas-based fast-casual seafood brand Shell Shack is expanding beyond Dallas to Houston and other United States cities, according to the company.Shell Shack is partnering with Houston Shellfish Ventures, which will open franchised Shell Shack locations throughout Houston. Shell Shack has four locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and says it will expand to other cities in Texas, as well as other U.S. states. Each restaurant produces around USD 4 million (EUR 3.4

Sep 25th, 2017

  • Whitney Filloon || @ whitneyfilloon
  • Get ready for more Emporium Pies shakes, y’all

Shake Shack’s Third DFW Outpost Lands This Week

The NYC invasion of Dallas’ burger scene continues when Shake Shack’s third DFW outpost makes its debut at Preston Royal Village this week.The newest Shake Shack is set to arrive at 6025 Royal Lane on Friday, and like the locations at The Crescent in Uptown and Legacy West in Plano, will serve up burgers topped with Pecan Lodge sausage links and custard concretes mixed with rotating flavors of desserts from Emporium Pies. Local brews from Four Corners Brewing Company,

Sep 5th, 2017

  • Amy McCarthy
  • Hallelujah, football is back

Where To Watch College And NFL Football In Dallas

ORejoice, y all — football season has finally returned. For both fans of college and professional football, the return of fall marks that special time of the year when Saturdays (and Sundays, and Thursdays) are solely reserved for sitting in front of the television and watching the game.But where does one go to watch football in Dallas? Finding a good sports bar can be tricky considering that many are designated as a official watch spots for a specific team. This guide

Aug 28th, 2017

  • Christine Blank

Seafood restaurant chain Shell Shack expands

In what could become a new entertainment destination in north Fort Worth, North Texas-based development firm Hillwood has begun construction on a 3.5-acre food and entertainment development in a park-like setting at Alliance Town Center.The new project, called Parkside at Alliance Town Center, will bring two restaurants to the corridor, including Grub Burger Bar and Shell Shack. Hillwood plans to announce additional restaurant and entertainment concepts in the near future

Aug 25th, 2017

  • Amanda Buckle

Seafood Chain Shell Shack Signs Franchise Agreement in Houston

A Dallas-based seafood chain is on the move. Shell Shack has signed a franchise agreement to expand into Houston.Shell Shack is partnering up with franchise group Houston Shellfish Ventures to find commercial real estate to grow their restaurant empire. The group already has four locations, and according to Jon Glaser, CFE and director of franchise development, the partnership will aid them in their quest of delivering quality experiences to their customers outside of the

Aug 24th, 2017

  • Amy McCarthy
  • In Media Mentions

Dallas Seafood Boil Spot Shell Shack Is En Route to Houston

Over the next few years, Dallas’ based chain Shell Shack will bring its take on the Cajun seafood boil to Houston. The restaurant will pair with a franchisee called Houston Shellfish Ventures to bring multiple locations of Shell Shack to Houston in the next few years. Shell Shack president and CEO Dallas Hale tells Eater that the first outpost, which will open at 2412 Washington Avenue, is already under construction. A second outpost is also expected to arrive soon

Aug 11th, 2017


Shell Shack, infused seafood restaurant, coming to Tyler

Tyler is getting a Shell Shack, a Carrollton-based seafood restaurant that focuses on king crab, snow crab, shrimp and even crawfish in season. The restaurant is expected to open in January 2018.The city of Tyler approved a building permit for a 40,000 square foot restaurant at 7918 S. Broadway Ave. That’s just north of Cumberland Road.

Mar 20th, 2017

  • Amy McCarthy
  • No, you do not have to suck the heads — but you should

Where To Find The Best Crawfish In Dallas And Beyond

The arrival of spring in Dallas means a lot of things – blooming flowers, crazy weather, allergies – but really only one hallmark of the season truly matters: crawfish. This seasonally available Cajun staple, best between February and May, is best consumed with lots of beer on a breezy patio.To be sure, the crawfish in Dallas doesn't even come close to rivaling the mudbugs served in New Orleans. Plenty of local spots serve disappointingly bland, overpriced crawfish, b

Mar 6th, 2017

  • Claire Cahoon and Amy McCarthy
  • Whether East Coast, West or Gulf oysters are your fave, these spots have you covered

Where To Slurp The Freshest, Most Delicious Oysters In Dallas

Whether or not you are a newbie or an experienced slurper, Dallas has a surprisingly impressive lineup of oyster bars for a totally land-locked city.But where do you find the city best oysters? Whether you are looking for a well-curated selection of the finest shucked beauties from the East and West Coasts, or just looking to chow down on a few dozen fruits of the Gulf, Dallas has plenty of options. Ranging from casual eateries to white tablecloth hotspots, this map offer

Feb 1st, 2016

  • Amy McCarthy
  • In Media Mentions

Where To Watch Super Bowl 50 In Dallas

Even if you’re not interested in the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers, Super Bowl Sunday is an excellent excuse to eat as many wings as humanly possible and spend a little time day-drinking. If you are enthusiastic about this years big game, you may still find yourself asking this question: Where should I watch the Super Bowl in Dallas?Fortunately, there are plenty of great options for drinking and dining while you watch the game. One of these 12 spots will surel

Nov 26th, 2014

  • Whitney Filloon || @ whitneyfilloon
  • The crab boil haven is expanding northward.

Uptown's Shell Shack Will Give Plano Crabs in Spring 2015

Popular McKinney Avenue seafood den The Shell Shack is preparing to open a second location. The restaurant, which serves up Cajun-style seafood boils utilizing crab, shrimp, and crawfish (when in season), will open at the southwest corner of Park Lane and the Dallas North Tollway come spring 2015. Besides seafood boils — which prissy eaters can order "Uptown style," aka pre-shelled — Shell Shack also has fried seafood, raw oysters, gumbo, and clam chowder along wit

Nov 6th, 2014

  • Jessica Carei
  • In Media Mentions

SPONSORED: The Unexpected Cuisines that Pair Perfectly with Negra Modelo

We have certainly enjoyed our fair share of the Negra Modelo and taco duo. But do not forget that Negra Modelo is one incredibly versatile beer. Thanks to its amber quality and deep caramel malt flavor, it is the perfect complement to all kinds of cuisines. See where you can sip on a bottle of this superior lager and enjoy delicious dishes—for any mood.

Aug 23rd, 2013

  • Whitney Filloon || @ whitneyfilloon
  • The crab boil haven is expanding northward.

The Shell Shack Coming to McKinney Avenue

Remember Rock 'n' Taco, the rock-n-roll themed taco place on McKinney Avenue? How about the State Fair-esque themed restaurant with half an Airstream trailer parked inside it that replaced it, The Stand? A new place called The Shell Shack is taking over the building that housed both of those short-lived concepts; according to its Facebook page, the restaurant began the process of hiring a staff some three weeks ago, though the building still bears The Stand's name and log