Seafood Shack: Surefire Cure for the Monday-Night Blues

Simply put: Mind-blowing ceviche for...wait for it...$2.75.

There’s about to be an angry mob with torches and pitchforks outside my cubicle, ready to string me up for disclosing their favorite hole-in-the-wall: Seafood Shack. Blame D’s director of online media, Julie Blacklidge Kinzie, for grabbing me at our Monday morning meeting to rave about the ceviche and margaritas.
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Rita Mondays at Seafood Shack (left); gooey shrimp enchiladas (right)

Of course, I had to check it out immediately. My pal and I pulled into the parking lot off Webb Chapel at around 5:30; Seafood Shack was already packed with friendly crowd lined up to place orders and hunkered down over the 15-20 plain tables. The overhead menu centered on ceviche, shrimp enchiladas, tacos and tostadas, and some fried items. No beef, no chicken—just straight-up seafood. Huzzah.

As luck would have it, we had come on a Monday, when margaritas are $2 all day and plates of ceviche and shrimp tostadas are $2.25 and $2.75 respectively. We ordered all of the above, plus an order of fish tacos, a plate of shrimp enchiladas, and a side of hush puppies.

Fish tacos are flaky and savory.

Without resorting to hyperbole, let me say that the ceviche was the most addictive I have tasted since 2000 when I spent a spring weekend in Miami. So citric and bright were the flavors that we felt moved to share the love. We sent out some texts and called in reinforcements. Within 15 minutes, our group grew from two to six, everyone of us, adults and kids, tucked in and so relaxed we almost forgot that it wasn’t the weekend.

Same goes for the shrimp enchiladas (creamy and rib-sticking), fish tacos (so flaky and moist), and shrimp tostadas (not mind-blowing, but still pretty darn tasty). Thumbs-up, all around.


  • littleloo

    I love this place. The shrimp cocktail is amazing!

  • Mike

    Food is awesome, but the only think those Ritas give you is a sugar headache.

  • Twinwillow

    Thanks a lot, Sarah. It’s hard enough to get a seat there on a Monday as it is. My little “secret” Monday lunch spot is now known to all.
    The shrimp tostadas are 1/2 price on Monday. I’m there with a friend every Monday for our shrimp tostada fix. I get mine with extra avocado on top for a $1.00 more each. I don’t recommend everything on the menu. The oysters are “iffy” this time of year and, the fried calamari could actually be fried rubber bands. But, the caldo’s are exemplary! As are the huge Mexican shrimp cocktails.

  • Twinwillow

    Come to think of it Sarah, were you or she or, both of you sitting at the bar lunchtime Monday? A friend and I were sitting at the bar for lunch on Monday and I noticed I was sitting next to two nice looking “gringo” ladies. A usually uncommon sight at Seafood Shack.

  • jerkface1969

    This has been a little secret of ours ever since we moved to the area 4 years ago. You need to try their shrimp/crab boils.
    Think of Big Shucks or Hook line and Sinker with a picante twist.
    …and high five your face for writing about the Shack!