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10 Hot Restaurants: Where to Eat and Drink Right Now in San Antonio 

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Shuck Shack

520 E. Grayson St., (210) 236-7422,

Sometimes, you open a restaurant with your palate in mind — and blow everyone out of the water with something like The Lodge. Sometimes you open a restaurant and hope to change the landscape — as was the case with Umai Mi. Sometimes you open a spot that combines great flavors, introduces new dishes and includes something for families as well as millennials. Shuck Shack is that restaurant for Jason Dady.

Its perfectly quaint patio doubles as a play area for the kiddos, who get an actual playground to frolic in as well, and as a spot to while away an afternoon for young professionals or parents who want to let their kids loose while having a piña colada or two and watching the Spurs on the outdoor screen. The whole vibe, complete with wait staff in brightly colored fishin’ shirts and cargo shorts, is beachy and chill. You’ll relieve office stress at this urban oasis while shooting a few dozen oysters — the Gulf of Mexico and both coasts are all represented here — or picking away at a Cajun-style artichoke. Though Shuck Shack is perfect for date night, you’ll want to make it a double or triple date and order one of their “dump bucket dinners” available Saturday and Sunday and chockablock with snow crab, shrimp, sausage and more.

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This winter, you’ll want to slurp Dady’s oystah chowdah (learn more about it on page 23) to keep warm. But while the weather figures out what it wants to do, you can’t go wrong with the baked oysters, cheddar jalapeño hushpuppies or creamy deviled eggs. Just writing about it makes us wish we could bust out our flip flops and guayaveras. 

Dishes to try: shrimp roll, Oystah Chowdah, hush-pups, fish ‘n’ chips


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