Aw Shucks is about as casual as it gets. It draws an eclectic, ethnically-diverse crowd that comes for the great beach-front type seafood.
SETTING - 10 or 12 outdoor tables of heavy boards, mostly open-air, under roof. You place your order inside and take it outside. Other patrons pull up a stool to the stainless counter next to the open kitchen. Payment is on the honor system. So remember what you ordered, because when you’re done, you have to go back to the counter and recite it correctly so they can ring it up. This can be hard than you think if you've had 3 or 4 beers. I know. The crowd is incredibly diverse ... middle-aged white people, Hispanic families with strollers, Black chicks in tank tops, guys in ties, Asians, bikers, and everybody else. They all fit right in.
FOOD - Oysters on the half shell, shrimp, crab, crawfish (in season), catfish, gumbo, it's all there. The gumbo has some heat - you probably won't need the Tabasco bottle. Their house specialty, Shrimp Cocktail, is outstanding – cold tiny peeled shrimp, plus chopped avocado and chopped onions with a red sauce, served in a cold glass mug with a long spoon. You can get it mild or spicy (which is not that hot). The popular ceviche (marinated fish) is similar, but served on a bed of chips, and it's probably the best I've ever had. And when the crawfish are in season, diners can be seen energetically tearing into steaming piles of the little mud bugs, boiled red, dusted in that hot crab seasoning, served with boiled potato and corn. Grab a roll of paper towels off the counter and throw your necktie over your shoulder.
BEER – Mug, pitcher, or bottle.
AMBIANCE - Beach front on the street front. The original building, which is pretty much hidden by all the patios now, looks like it was probably a 1952 hamburger stand or malt shop. Mix your own oyster sauce. The restrooms are outside, around back. Don't expect anything fancy there. And check out their web site.
BOTTOM LINE - This is a good place to go any day of the year -- and it’s a GREAT place to go when the weather is nice, which it is most of the year in Dallas.