Sunday is my favorite day of the week because I get to spend the entire day with my kids without the interruptions of everyday life such as work and school. I usually cook dinner on Sunday evenings, but this particular weekend I was tired so we decided to go to Shells since they invited me to come and try out their menu. I had not eaten at Shells since my son was a newborn and I remember that my meal was good, so I was anxious to go back after almost six years. I drive by Shells daily and I have had them on my list of places to revisit. With Hurricane Issac looming, I figured it was the perfect night to go out since we might be stuck at home for the next few nights.
Located at 202 South Dale Mabry in Tampa, Shells (much like its neighbor The Press Box) is a Tampa classic. Since opening its doors in 1985, Shells has been a local favorite for fresh seafood in a casual environment. They focus on freshness and quality and really showcase what fresh Florida seafood is all about. Since I have lived in Tampa, I have heard numerous people praise Shells and their fantastic menu.
We were seated in a cozy booth and I was pleased with how attentive our server Adam was, especially towards my children. He brought them out children’s menus and crayons and was sure to have their food out quickly. I started off with a bowl of Shells Famous Clam Chowder and let me tell you, one bite and you will know why it is famous! After growing up on clam chowder served in sourdough bread bowls at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, it is rare that I find a chowder that can compare to the chowder of San Francisco. I must say, their chowder won me over. Loaded with clams, potatoes, bacon and seasonings, it is truly amazing!
Next we were presented with U-Peel Shrimp. Steamed to order these succulent shrimp are served hot or cold with homemade cocktail sauce, fresh lemon and drawn butter. Simple, fresh and delicious.
We had the honor of trying an item that will be on their new menu which will debut in about a month………Salmon Felix. Delicious Atlantic Salmon topped with their Felix topping which consists of roasted red pepper, lump crab, and lobster cream sauce. Truly mouth-watering, the Felix topping is fantastic. It is served with rice and luscious grilled asparagus.
Along with the Felix Salmon, we tried the Cedar Grilled Tilapia. Tilapia is one of my favorite types of fish and this dish really won me over. The tilapia filet is grilled on a cedar plank for a rich and smokey flavor and served with steamed vegetable and rice. This is perfect for those looking for something healthy that has tons of flavor.
For dessert we enjoyed a nice Pound-cake with Fresh Strawberries and Whipped Cream. This is EXCELLENT and perfect to share.The strawberries were sweet and juicy and just accentuated the buttery flavor of the pound-cake. I love that this dessert, much like most items on their menu, is simple yet insanely delicious. My son really enjoyed this and helped me finish it since I was full.
Lastly I tried Shells signature cocktail…..The Sinker. This delicious libation consists of vodka, sour and fresh pineapple juice that is shaken and poured into a chilled martini glass and then topped with a floater of RémyRed. Gorgeous in color, this cocktail is the perfect balance of sour and sweet and is the perfect drink to order before dinner.
My children and I had a wonderful dinner at Shells and it was nice to go back to a place that I had not been to in so long. I was truly impressed with the fresh and delicious food, impeccable service, and recently remodeled decor. Shells is truly a gem in South Tampa and I look forward to dining there again in the very near future. Be sure to find Shells on Facebook by clicking here to keep up to date with specials and new items. You can also follow them on twitter @ShellsSeafood85
**DISCLOSURE: All food and beverages were provided by Shells SeafoodShare this Post[?]