- Brightly painted exterior, reminiscent of Key West.
- Christmas lights hung throughout (made the place look cool!), along with lots of cool signs, posters and neon lights.
- An outside eating area.
- A menu full of reasonably priced food.
- A server who kept a smile on her face the ENTIRE evening, even when I'm sure I appeared to be losing patience.
- Big shrimp, great tasting grouper and crispy fries and hushpuppies.
Here's what I didn't like:
- The speed of service. We got there at 5:15 p.m. and left a few minutes after 7 p.m.
- The raw oysters (see photo above).
- The cole slaw.
- No fountain soft drinks. We were brought canned Cokes, and charged $1 each for them.
- By the time our food finally came, 45 minutes had passed and our Cokes were watered down.
- The speed of trying to get out of there.
When we arrived, there were two people at one table who were nearly done with their meal, and one table of four people who were ordering. After waiting 30 minutes for our food, I asked the server if Mike could at least get his raw oysters (they required no cooking, after all) and she politely told me they were filling orders in the order they were received and there was a BIG order ahead of us. Uh...that was the four people at the table behind us. I think that's a clear sign of trouble when four people constitute a "big order."
Shuckey's needs a lesson in cole slaw making. It was white cabbage and dressing. Period. No carrots. No purple cabbage. Not finely chopped. Big, hulking pieces of cabbage.
Regarding said oysters, the menu offers a "Shuckey's Dozen," which is 13 oysters. The shells above housed two of the oysters. I swear to you, I thought Mike had been short-changed two oysters when the tray came out because these two runts were hidden under bigger oysters. Note to Shuckey's: if you're gonna brag about how your dozen oysters is more than the next guy, don't include oysters in shells like the ones pictured above. You do nothing to advance your reputation by pulling a stunt like that.
If I go to a sit-down restaurant, I want my Coke from a fountain, not a can. If there was to be a next time for me at Shuckey's- which, unfortunately, there won't- I would bring my own can of Coke.
At the rate everything had gone that night, we knew better than to wait for our server (the ONLY server in the entire place, mind you) to bring us the check. We went to the bar to ask for it. She kindly asked us if we could wait a minute. That's what we had been doing all night, so why stop now? She delivered beer to a table outside, took a guy's order (after politely apologizing for his long wait) and then brought us the check. While waiting for her to run through the credit card, we chatted with some people at the bar, all of whom complained about the slow service.
So, as badly as I wanted to like Shuckey's, I have to say that sometimes it takes more than good food to make a restaurant good. I'm sure if anyone from Shuckey's reads this, they'll refer me to this info box printed on their menu: "Just about everything at Shuckey's is hand prepared in our kitchen. Some menu items may take longer than others...we appreciate your patience and your business."
This is my response. I don't care how good the food is, 45 minutes is too long to wait to get it.