and as my teeth cut through the thin cornmeal crust, a flood of briny oyster juice poured into my mouth. “How did we miss this place last year?” I asked my Favorite Traveling Companion.
For some reason, I thought that Shrimp ‘n Stuff was just another tourist joint located on Seawall Boulevard. But this year our trusty Island Guide set us straight, and we learned that this is "the place where locals love to eat."
“…Shrimp n Stuff has been serving up fresh and budget-friendly seafood since 1976, when Jim Bennett started this neighborhood favorite" (Anamaris Cousins Price at houstonpress.com). “Forget the plain-Jane decor and the counter service: this local hangout serves some of the best shrimp on the Island—boiled, stuffed, rolled in coconut and fried, or wrapped in a po’boy. Our personal fave is the shrimp salad.... Crab balls, crawfish tails, and fried oysters aren’t bad either…” (texasmonthly.com).
We purposely timed our arrival for after 1:00 p.m. in the hopes of avoiding the lunch rush. There, to our dismay, was a bus parked in front (shown in the background in the photo below), and so we anticipated a lengthy wait.
One of the things that intrigued me was the list of a la carte options that included fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, popcorn shrimp, stuffed shrimp (the name is Shrimp ‘n Stuff, after all), fried oysters, fried catfish, fried tilapia, crab balls, and stuffed jalapeños. And so our ultimate choices, a veritable smörgåsbord of fish and seafood, were a sampling from this list.
Chuck chose the fried shrimp, one filet of fried catfish, and a side of fries.
We so enjoyed our lunch that not too many days passed before we returned. On this occasion, the weather was perfect for eating
And both my fried oysters and crab balls were as good as the meal before.
At our previous lunch, I shared one—and only one—of my crab balls with Chuck, and he was prepared to order his own a la carte order. And then he saw the crab ball po’ boy on the menu. What could be better? Crab balls on bread.
“Coastal Living Magazine has named Shrimp n Stuff one of ‘Our 22 Favorite Seafood Dives’ in America. The magazine writes ‘This Galveston institution…still looks like the old-fashioned corner grocery that it used to be. Shrimp, not surprisingly, dominates the menu. The po' boys, with homemade tartar sauce, are especially good…’ Not bad for a dive. Shrimp ‘n Stuff is known locally for its affordable seafood dinners, particularly po' boys, gumbos and salads. Now some tourists might be able to find it, too” (houston.culturemap.com).
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.
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