It’s Oystah’ Season in San Antonio!
My husband and I love oysters, so we’re always eager to check out a new spot. Maybe it’s just a myth (or urban legend?), but typically, oysters aren’t in season during the summer. The “R” rule is all we’ve ever known: “Oysters are only in season during months with an R.”
Thank goodness for Chef Jason Dady! The San Antonio restaurateur debuted his fifth restaurant, Shuck Shack this summer, and the fact that he can bring oysters to Texas year-round makes me very happy.
Shuck Shack is located at 520 E Grayson St. in San Antonio’s Government Hill area, and offers not only Gulf Coast oysters, but a daily rotation of Northern selections as well. We were able to try oysters from Maine, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut and even Prince Edward Island Canada. Just remember, when you order the northerners, you pronounce it oystah’!
If you’ve only had Gulf oysters (the ginormous ones that spill off your cracker), you owe it to your taste buds to try the little guys from up north. Our favorite so far is the Mystic, Connecticut, but we plan on doing further extensive testing in the future.
The casual atmosphere of the once-abandoned home, turned weather-worn oyster house is perfect for a laid back lunch or dinner. The wait staff wear fishing shirts, and traditional beer trays are used for serving, while overhead the music is UB40 and Caribbean-style Coldplay (do you find that on Pandora?!).
Chef Dady likes to work on his projects from the ground up, so he had a hand in every decision in the renovation from the exposed shiplap on the walls to tackling the overgrown neighboring lot that now serves as outdoor seating and a play area for kids. Inside, front and center where it should be, is the shuckers’ station and full bar, which you could sit at if you’d like to watch your beauties prepared.
If you’re not into oysters, keep in mind other menu items, like traditional fish ‘n chips, which was heavenly, lobstah’ rolls, chowdah’, and even burgers and dogs. Everyone will be happy!
Shuck Shack is open Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and is closed Mondays.
520 E Grayson St San Antonio, TX 78215
By Sara D’Spain