Houston’s tater tot boom

When Ryan Hildebrand was testing dishes before his FM Kitchen & Bar opened, he recalled the day he set out simple burgers, some chicken wings, chili and tater tots for his staff to taste.“As soon as I put the tots out, they all turned into little kids,” he said, recalling the delight that met the golden fried potato nuggets. “You don’t see that same reaction with fries. A boat full of

- Greg Morago,

Shell Shack to open restaurant in Katy area

Shell Shack plans to open its second Greater Houston area location near Harris County Smokehouse, which is located at 222 W. Grand Parkway S., said Katy, Paul Castillo, the store franchisee and director of operations of Shell Shack Houston. The eatery plans to break ground this summer with a late 2019 or early 2020 opening.

- Jen Para,

Dallas-based seafood chain to break ground in Katy this summer

Shell Shack, a Dallas-based seafood concept with one Houston location, plans to open a Katy location late this year or early 2020.The 7,500-square-foot space will sit at the corner of Interstate 10 and the Grand Parkway in a Costco-anchored shopping center. Paul Castillo, director of operations with Shell Shack Houston and the franchisee in charge of opening Shell Shacks in the

- Jen Para,

7th Annual Mudbug Bash - April 20,2019

T'S OUR BIGGEST MUDBUG BASH YET. COME PARTY WITH THE COWBOYS LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH, AMARI COOPER, TRAVIS FREDERICK, SEAN LEE AND THE DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS. THE DELICIOUSNESS OF SHELL SHACK PRESENTS OUR 7TH ANNUAL MUDBUG BASH, AN AWESOME FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT IN ARLINGTON.

- Jen Para,

Dallas Hale, CEO, Shell Shack ROI Podcast Episode 62 - April 20,2019

As Chief Executive Officer at Shell Shack, Dallas Hale is heavenly involved in all decisions with growth and development, as well as research and development to further evolve the Shell Shack brand. His strong entrepreneurial background helps Dallas thrive for operational excellence from all his brands and his successful reputation proceeds him in the hospitality industry.

- Brandt A. Handley, CEO Podcast Series

Where to Eat Dallas’s Best Crawfish - April 8,2019

As Chief Executive Officer at Shell Shack, Dallas Hale is heavenly involved in all decisions with growth and development, as well as research and development to further evolve the Shell Shack brand. His strong entrepreneurial background helps Dallas thrive for operational excellence from all his brands and his successful reputation proceeds him in the hospitality industry.

- Amy McCarthy, Spicy and saucy, this Cajun staple is best enjoyed on a patio with beer

dallasfoodnerd - MARCH 15, 2019

shellshack.dfw is the boiled seafood destination in town! We stopped by for the first time (finally!) in Uptown for a delightful seafood experience. Let me tell you, dishes like The Boss (2 catfish fillets & 8 fried shrimp) will leave your tummy feeling satisfied. It’s a massive plate! Don’t forget to order sides like the crab stuffed tator tots or munch on crawfish, of course!

Shell Shack Houston bringing Gulf-coast fusion, boil options to H-town’s seafood lovers - March 13, 2019

Crawfish season is in full effect! Shell Shack Houston in the Morning Dose studio with all your seafood favorites, and this time, you get to pick what Gulf-style boil you would like. Watch the video to find out what we're talking about.

HOLIDAY LUNCH SATURDAY,DEC.1,2018 2 TO 5 PM - December 1, 2018

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SHELL SHACK: DALLAS-BASED SEAFOOD JOINT NOW OPEN IN THE HEIGHTS - November 15, 2018

Being a native Dallasite, seeing all these amazing Dallas-based concepts moving to the Houston area gives me so much pride in both my cities, especially since I was a huge fan of the most recent additions that came from up North. One of those is Shell Shack! Would y'all believe I actually worked right across from the Uptown Dallas location a couple years back!? To say I was stoked

- SHELL SHACK HOUSTON

SUCCULENT, SEASONED SEAFOOD - October 30, 2018

The Dallas based seafood restaurant Shell Shack opened in Houston this summer. Though many of my blogger buddies visited during its grand opening phase, my first visit was a couple weeks ago! The popularity of Shell Shack Houston stems from their boiled bags of succulent and perfectly seasoned seafood. Specifically crab, shrimp and crawfish (when in season). Not a fan of

- SHELL SHACK HOUSTON

Batter up: Watch the World Series at one of the top sports bars in Dallas - October 23, 2018

If you wanted to be taken out to the ball game but couldn't score tickets, all is not lost. There are plenty of top-notch sports bars in Dallas to catch the World Series, all of which have more to offer than your typical stadium hot dog, nachos and overpriced beer.Using Yelp data and our own methodology, Hoodline crunched the numbers to come up with the best sports bars

- Hoodline

Our Latest Obsession: The Crab Tater Tots at Shell Shack - October 23, 2018

SHELL SHACK’S WEBSITE BOASTS—and very loudly, I might add—that “crawfish season is here!” Now unless we’ve moved off the Gregorian Calendar, and I didn’t get the memo, October isn’t yet crawfish season. January? Sure. October? Ehhh.

- Timothy Malcom

Shell Shack Brings the Whole Kitchen Sink to Houston - October 19, 2018

Since July of this year, Houston's Heights has been home to a seafood place that captures all of the flavors that our hometown natives crave - spicy crabs, crawfish, shrimp, tasty fried catfish, mixed cocktails, and craft beers. Seven days a week, from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. hungry patrons can indulge their taste buds with boiled infused flavors with varying degrees of heat.

- Yolanda Pope

First Bite: Dallas Restaurant Takes a Crack at Winning Over Houston Seafood Fans - October 10, 2018

A Houston outpost of Dallas restaurant Shell Shack is now open at 2412 Washington Avenue and features seafood boils, oysters and sandwiches. It’s in the former Social Junkie location, which was extensively remodeled. The changes include a two-story outdoor patio, an elevator, 24 televisions located throughout the restaurant and a bar on each level. Houston Food Finder was

- Jamie Alvear

Black Girls Who Brunch - October 2, 2018

A few months back a foodie friend (@fashionablylatefoodie) raved about a soon to open seafood spot, Shell Shack. I honestly cannot even remember how she described Shell Shack, but it was enough to pique my interest! After a failed attempt to visit during their soft opening, we receive a coveted invite to their media tasting, so of course we had to go! Check out the details of my trip to

- Erika

Get Crackin’ At Shell Shack - October 2, 2018

Living in Denton gives students the opportunity to experience different types of foods, ranging from Mexican to Chinese. For years, Denton hasn’t had the best options for good seafood. Recently though, Denton has opened its heart to Shell Shack.“Denton is so much fun. I’ve lived out here for so long, I just couldn’t wait to get out here,” Shell Shack owner Dallas Hale said.Not only is the staff one big family, but you can actually taste the love and effort put into making the great food.

- Shell Shack

Shell Shack docks in Houston for first time ever, bringing locals flavorful late-night seafood options - September 27, 2018

HOUSTON— Seafood lovers, this is for you! Get your taste buds ready for an experience that is worth mentioning to your friends, family and neighbors. Originating from Dallas, the first-ever Shell Shack in Houston is open for business! If you are headed toward the Downtown area, stop by Shell Shack near Washington Avenue and Sawyer Street. The late night eatery will be

- ASHLEY E.TILLERY

Shacking up in Denton! - September 26, 2018

Looking for your favorite seafood customized to your taste buds? Want to crack crabs but not have your hands smell fishy? Look no more as the Shell Shack in Denton has officially completed its remodel and ready for you to dine.Shell Shack, which opened this past Spring recently remodeled adding its signature colorful chalkboard walls and white tables. The décor has changed but

- CraveDFW

Serial Restaurateur Nick Badovinus Plots New Mexican Eatery - Septermeber 5, 2018

Serial restaurateur Nick Badovinus, the mind behind popular Dallas spots Neighborhood Services, Town Hearth, and Montlake Cut (among others), will open a new Mexican restaurant on Greenville Avenue. Badovinus will take over the space at 1520 Greenville Avenue with Desert Racer, a spot that will serve fare inspired by the cuisines of the southwestern United States. No

- Amy McCarthy

Shell Shack Open in Denton - September 4, 2018

Shell Shack’s newest location is now open for business. Hungry diners can find the Denton restaurant—and all of its perfectly-seasoned crabs and seafood—on I-35 near the Golden Triangle Mall. The new spot marks Shell Shack’s sixth DFW location, as the restaurant, which started in Uptown Dallas in 2013, continues to share its fun concept and delicious menu with

- CraveDFW

The 3 coolest new sports bars to check out in Houston - August 23, 2018

Looking for the Houston sports bar of your dreams? We've found a lineup of new spots worth checking out. Here are the newest places to visit the next time you're looking to grab a drink and watch your favorite team.

- Hoodline FOOD & DRINK

Shell Shack grilled shrimp - July 24, 2018

2.5 lbs of shrimp ½ oz lemon pepper spice photo ½ oz cajun spice or chili pepper 2.5 cups of melted butter 1 oz fresh chopped garlic Prep procedure: (10 minutes after shrimp are prepped) Cut a 2" slice down back of shrimp with shell on. We have a machine that performs this task in our locations. Then pull the shrimp open to butterfly. Proceed to wash & devein. Set shrimp

- FOX4News.com Staff

Why You Can’t Pay This Restaurateur To Drop Future POS - July 3, 2018

Dallas Hale has been in the bar/restaurant industry for decades, holding every position you can imagine. He worked his way up from a bartender, to GM of a restaurant, to a restaurant owner, to a multi-unit restaurant owner with franchises. Today, Hale is the president and CEO of Texas-based Crafted Bar Concepts which includes Shell Shack, Sushi Marquee, and Back 9, totaling 10 restaurants and 15 franchises.

- Voyage Dallas POS Solution Finder

Beat the heat with these five seafood spots in East Dallas - July 03, 2018

If you are forced to leave the house this summer, do what you can to find a body of water and soak in it for as long as possible. If it is food you seek, avoid the pastas and red meat and look for seafood to satisfy your carnivorous desires.East Dallas has its fair share of new and classic seafood spots to keep you fed and not overheated. Enjoy five of our neighborhood’s delights.

- Shell Shack AdvocateMAg

The Dallas-based chain’s first Houston location is almost here - July 02, 2018

Houston is a city in the perfect location to offer fresh seafood to the population. That being said, popular Dallas food chain, Shell Shack, is expanding and will soon be opening their first location in Houston. The restaurant offers a unique approach to sea food with unique sea food boils.

- FSOLCIETI STAFF

Shell Shack has officially opened in Dallas…again! - July 02, 2018

Shell Shack has officially opened in Dallas…again! Albeit quiet, the closing of the first Shell Shack off McKinney Ave. in Uptown coinciding with the opening of their brand new location on Henderson Ave. was an easy transition. You know that saying, “when one door closes, another one opens”? Well, that couldn’t ring truer for Shell Shack. The Uptown location closed their doors this past

- OHHeyDallas Houston Chronicle

This week in food & drink: What’s for lunch, new Jazzy bar, and a 4th of July special - June 29, 2018

If you are forced to leave the house this summer, do what you can to find a body of water and soak in it for as long as possible. If it is food you seek, avoid the pastas and red meat and look for seafood to satisfy your carnivorous desires.East Dallas has its fair share of new and classic seafood spots to keep you fed and not overheated. Enjoy five of our neighborhood’s delights.

- Shell Shack AdvocateMAg

Meet Jon Glaser of Shell Shack in North Dallas - June 27, 2018

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jon Glaser.So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.Shell Shack is a one of a kind seafood restaurant experience in the casual dining segment specializing in proprietary infused seasoned crab and seafood of all shapes and sizes. The Shell Shack family strives to better our

- Voyage Dallas

SHELL SHACK TO MAKE HOUSTON DEBUT - June 27, 2018

Shell Shack, a seafood concept with six locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will open its first Houston restaurant in July at 2412 Washington. The chain specializes in seafood boils of king crab, snow crab, Dungeness crab, shrimp and crawfish in flavors such as Cajun, garlic, lemon pepper and “The Kitchen Sink,” in spice levels mild, medium, hot and diablo. The restaurant — in the former

- Greg Morago Houston Chronicle

HEADLINES Dallas Import Shell Shack Nears Houston Opening; Fertitta Center Sets Tip-Off Date. - June 26, 2018

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- Meredith Deliso

Houston restaurant news bites of the week - June 25, 2018

Shell Shack, a seafood concept with six locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will open its first Houston restaurant in July at 2412 Washington. The chain specializes in seafood boils of king crab, snow crab, Dungeness crab, shrimp and crawfish in flavors such as Cajun, garlic, lemon pepper and “The Kitchen Sink,” in spice levels mild, medium, hot and diablo. The restaurant — in the former

- Greg Morago RESTAURANTS & BARS

Dallas’s Shell Shack Will Serve Up Seafood Boils in Houston Next Month - June 25, 2018

Crab Station isn’t the only DFW-based seafood restaurant opening an outpost in Houston this summer. As previously reported, Shell Shack, which serves seafood boils in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, is expanding to Houston too and it won’t be long before Houston residents will get to try the chain’s “Kitchen Sink” boil with every seasoning option and plenty of butter.

- THE REALTY BRIEF CDT

Dallas’ Shell Shack Will Serve Up Seafood Boils in Houston Next Month - June 25, 2018

Crab Station isn’t the only DFW-based seafood restaurant opening an outpost in Houston this summer. As Eater previously reported, Shell Shack, which serves seafood boils in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is expanding to Houston too, and it won’t be long before Houston residents can try the chain’s “Kitchen Sink” boil with tons of seasoning options and plenty of butter.

- Adele Chapin CDT

Shell Shack - Henderson - June 23, 2018

To all the Shell Shack fans... they have moved from their Uptown location to a bigger spot on Henderson (the former Mellow Mushroom location), with more parking, and seating! And there's a patio! To those who have never been, the new space is big with a large bar area and lots of TVs for all the sports watching.

Openings and Closings: Shell Shack Will Boil in July, Beaux Coo is Cool Now Image 1 - June 22, 2018

Shell Shack, the seafood boil restaurant with six locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is bringing its concept to the Bayou City. The first Houston area location is planned for July at 2412 Washington, in the former Social Junkie space. The new build-out will feature two patios, two bars and…

- Shell Shack

Openings and Closings: Shell Shack Will Boil in July, Beaux Coo is Cool Now - June 22, 2018

Shell Shack, the seafood boil restaurant with six locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is bringing its concept to the Bayou City. The first Houston area location is planned for July at 2412 Washington, in the former Social Junkie space. The new build-out will feature two patios, two bars and…

- Shell Shack Houston Informer

Openings and Closings: Shell Shack Will Boil in July, Beaux Coo is Cool Now - June 22, 2018

To all the Shell Shack fans... they have moved from their Uptown location to a bigger spot on Henderson (the former Mellow Mushroom location), with more parking, and seating! And there's a patio! To those who have never been, the new space is big with a large bar area and lots of TVs for all the sports watching.

SHELL SHACK TO MAKE HOUSTON DEBUT - June 21, 2018

Dallas Hale was in rare form last night as he hosted a variety of guests to the pre-opening of his newest Shell Shack restaurant located on Henderson Avenue in Dallas which replaces the now shuttered McKinney Avenue location.Guests were treated to a sampling of the menu which has not changed from its previous location, but the size of the building is noticeably

- Steven Doyle Houston Chronicle

Shell Shack to open in Houston in July- June 19, 2018

Another Dallas import is ready to make a home in the busy Houston restaurant scene.Shell Shack, a popular seafood concept with six locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, will open its first Houston restaurant in July at 2412 Washington in the former Social Junkie Sports Bar location, which previously was home to the historic Pig Stand..

- Greg Morago CDT

Shell Shack to open in Houston in July - June 19, 2018

Another Dallas import is ready to make a home in the busy Houston restaurant scene.Shell Shack, a popular seafood concept with six locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, will open its first Houston restaurant in July at 2412 Washington in the former Social Junkie Sports Bar location, which previously was home to the historic Pig Stand..

- Greg Morago CDT

Shell Shack to open in Houston in July- June 19, 2018

Another Dallas import is ready to make a home in the busy Houston restaurant scene.Shell Shack, a popular seafood concept with six locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, will open its first Houston restaurant in July at 2412 Washington in the former Social Junkie Sports Bar location, which previously was home to the historic Pig Stand.Shell Shack is a relatively new player in the

- Greg Morago CDT

Shell Shack to open in former Pig Stand spot in July - June 19, 2018

Another Dallas import is ready to make a home in the busy Houston restaurant scene.Shell Shack, a popular seafood concept with six locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, will open its first Houston restaurant in July at 2412 Washington in the former Social Junkie Sports Bar location, which previously was home to the historic Pig Stand..

- Greg Morago CDT

Shell Shack to open in Houston in July - June 19, 2018

It's been exciting to see how quickly Shell Shack has grown in the DFW area, where it's been embraced by each new market it inhabits," said director of operations and partner Larry Garrett. "We can't wait for Houston to experience this concept, and we look forward to serving up fresh seafood with a heavy dose of local hospitality.

- CHRON HEALTH BREAKING NEWS

Shell Shack to open in Houston in July - June 19, 2018

Another Dallas import is ready to make a home in the busy Houston restaurant scene.Shell Shack, a popular seafood concept with six locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, will open its first Houston restaurant in July at 2412 Washington in the former Social Junkie Sports Bar location, which previously was home to the historic Pig Stand. .

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