Hello, hello! Welcome to September. It seems like forever since I’ve posted a food review (since January 2017 actually), so I thought it was about time for one. Dad and I were going to go to Zenna on Sunday, but they are temporarily closed due to fire damage. So, we ended up trying a place called Seafood Shack Mariscos. You can find addresses for all three of their locations on the website linked above. It has a Big Shucks vibe. Honestly, it’s super surprising to find a seafood place in Mesquite that isn’t a huge chain (Red Lobster, Joe’s Crab Shack, etc.), so Dad and I decided to check it out.
First, a reminder of my rating system:
MMMMM = Everything is magnificent!
MMMM = Great, but something is off.
MMM = Pretty good, but a couple of things could be better.
MM = The bad’s starting to outweigh the good.
M = Definitely more cons than pros.
… = I couldn’t find anything nice to say.
Accessibility: not bad, not great. Cripple parking is sparse, but it’s a small lot so what do you expect? There’s a spot on either side of the loading zone right out front. And it’s a loading zone that’s actually large enough for me to get unloaded in (yay!). Getting in is easy enough. But the tables are pretty tightly packed, so when it’s busy, you have to rely on the kindness of people moving and pushing chairs around so you can reach an empty spot. It’s embarrassing, but you do what you have to do for the sake of food. The tables themselves are easy to fit under and a good height.
Service: good. You order at the counter, they give you a flag, someone brings your food and booze out. Fountain drinks, tea, and condiments are serve yourself. The cashier smiled at me when we approached, but seemed a little apprehensive to assume I would order anything. After she realized I was going to order, she talked to me normally. Some wires got crossed because I speak softly, but Dad helped straighten them out. She also messed up some stuff with him, though, so I didn’t feel too bad about my mumbling. The person who dropped off our food just asked if it was ours and put it down in front of whoever responded, which was perfect.
Food: fan-freaking-tastic! We got a bowl of gumbo and a shrimp and octopus cocktail to share. Both of which were amazing. I had a little trouble chewing the octopus, but it’s supposed to be chewy. I knew that going in. Dad had the salmon, which came with rice and veggies. Aside from the fish being a bit more well done than he usually eats it, he said it was really good. I had the enchiladas de camaron. Three shrimp and cheese enchiladas in a creamy sauce with a side of rice. They were wonderful!
The only (not really) problem with the food was that everything came out at once. It’s one of those things that happens when you have to order everything up front. Is it inconvenient? Yeah, a little. Especially for those of us who enjoy eating at a slow pace. Is it a deal breaker? Nope.
I didn’t notice any desserts on the menu. Sadness. But they have mango margaritas (as well as other drinks). Those things are addictive. They coat the rim in Tajin (a seasoning containing lime, chili peppers, and sea salt). It goes really well with the sweetness of the mango. They also have tamarindo margaritas. I want to try that one too, but it’s going to be really hard to beat the mango.
Price: normal. Seafood is never going to be cheap, but the prices here are pretty good. We walked away with around a $60 bill (not including tip). That’s not bad considering all the yummy food we got. We’ll definitely be going back and I suggest you give it a shot as well if you’re in the area!
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