Half Shell Oyster House - University Parkway, Sarasota

by Merily Bryson McFadden

Half Shell Oyster House, Sarasota, FL

Half Shell Oyster House, Sarasota, FL

We are Sarasota, Floridians who dined at the Half Shell Oyster House recently.

Of course my husband had to order a dozen oysters on half shell...(since our most favorite restaurant is Dock's Oyster House in Atlantic City, New Jersey and I think the last time he ordered and ate a dozen oysters on the half shell was when we were on vacation in Carmel, California).

But, I digress...the Oysters here were plump tender and tasty...not gritty or sandy...and the Gumbo was awesome!

Both my brother in law and myself ordered the Florida Redfish (especially since season had just opened for catching this fish)...the Redfish was sauteed with a coating of crusted pecans, topped with chopped bacon and had an accompanying orange beurre blanc sauce.

And, we had to try the Parmesan Garlic Cajun Fried Potatoes...and they were delicious, too!

We had great service.

The atmosphere at Half Shell Oyster House is fun with "jazzy" artwork throughout.

It was a relaxing and fun dining experience and the food was very good...definitely deserves a repeat performance!

(Editor's note: The Half Shell Oyster House is at 5231 University Pkwy #109, Sarasota.)

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