The western edge of Southlake is not where you’d expect to find a backroad oyster bar and bait shack.
Yet here on Randol Mill Avenue, miles from any body of water, a fishing family has opened a seafood restaurant with the genuine atmosphere of an East Texas catfish cabin.
Shuck Me is the name. Yes, it’s hokey.
But sport fishers Monica and Roger Haverkamp’s new restaurant is definitely serious about seafood.
Connecticut blue point oysters and sourdough-bread bowls of clam chowder, lobster chowder or gumbo prove Shuck Me has ambitions beyond the Texas border.
“Roger’s fished all over and has his favorite dishes,” said general manager Zeke Fernandez, who oversees the new restaurant in a residential area north of Southlake Boulevard near the Keller city limits.
“He’s always had it in his mind to open a place like this.”
Shuck Me serves the basic Texas seafood dishes: fried catfish, oysters and shrimp, fries and hush puppies.
But the menu also has grilled snapper, grilled salmon, trout and grouper, along with farm-raised catfish and tilapia.
And Shuck Me adds some border flavors. The gumbo and red-beans-and-rice are made with Spanish rice instead of white rice. The menu also includes ceviche Veracruzano and Mexico-style shrimp cocktail.
There’s a snapper mojo-de-ajo or Veracruz, but there’s also a crawfish or crab boil with potatoes and corn.
“It’s a little bit of Louisiana but with a Tex-Mex twist,” Fernandez said.
The prices are as downhome as the bait-shack decor.
Fried baskets or platters start at about $7, and the most expensive grilled platter (salmon or snapper) sells for about $14 or about $18 for a whole snapper.
The blue point oysters sell for about $20 a dozen. The sourdough-bread bowls cost $9.49, but gumbo or chowder starts at $5.49 for a generous cup.
The ambiance is country, with George Strait or Garth Brooks tunes as background music.
If you’re familiar with the Flying Fish restaurants, Shuck Me is very similar, down to the fishing photos on the walls. But it’s bigger and has a bigger menu.
New menu at Blythe’s Southern
Chef Blythe’s Southern Bistro is in its third year, and that’s a triumph.
Chef-driven restaurants have had a tough time in Northeast Tarrant County. Blythe Bridges won diners over the sly way: by getting them in the door for chicken-fried steak, then introducing more dishes.
Chef Blythe’s new brunch menu features beignets, banana-pudding stuffed French toast, Southwest biscuits with jalapeño gravy and a “hangover burger” with eggs.
She has a new dinner menu coming, and has added a chicken-fried rib-eye that’s even more tender than her original version. The burger beef is now ground in-house, and so is the alligator sausage on the po-boy, she said.
A new Indian restaurant, but it’s not Om
Southlake has a new Indian restaurant, but it’s not the one you were expecting.
Minerva Indian Cuisine has replaced Ista in a supermarket shopping center on East Southlake Boulevard.
Minerva is a small, neighborhood restaurant, not a big showplace like the destination-restaurant Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine on Texas 114.
Om Indian Grill, which had some early publicity, does not appear close to opening on West Southlake Boulevard.
Minerva is open for lunch and dinner daily at 2140 E. Southlake Blvd., 817-421-0305, minervasouthlake.com.