|S & D Oyster Co.
Seafood, Shellfish, Gumbo
2701 McKinney Avenue, Dallas
|Dallas Restaurant Review:
S & D Oyster Co. is a little piece of old Louisiana in Dallas.
SETTING - Historic turn-of-the-last-century building on McKinney Avenue. S & D is not a fake cajun restaurant contrived out of old wood siding and salvaged doors and pretentiously arranged lobster traps. It consists of one large early-1900’s commercial room, painted a light pastel yellow, with high ceilings with a white tile floor.
FOOD - The oysters & shrimp at S&D are the standouts. I start with a dozen oysters on the half-shell, and then sometimes I get another dozen. You can mix your own sauce, or the waiter will expertly do it for you. The shrimp are extremely fresh and firm. They come cold & peeled (the appetizer) or fried and very, very lightly breaded (the entrée). Or, vice-versa. The gumbo is Louisiana-style with a thin, rich dark brown broth, and lots of seafood, andouille sausage, and rice. Good stuff. This is probably Dallas’ premier shrimp-and-oyster place, and you will not find cajun or creole dishes like etouffee, jambalaya, etc.
BEVERAGES - Cold beer, great ice tea. Three kinds of wine – red, white, or pink. But who drinks wine at an oyster bar?
AMBIANCE - Authentic Louisiana traditional. No theme décor.
Downside? - I thought the fish was kinda bland. One small thing.
RESERVATIONS - They don’t take ‘em. You will probably be in line for a few minutes. If you can wiggle your way to the bar, get a beer, relax, and your name will be called before you need another one.
BOTTOM LINE - A Dallas institution, and a cool place. S & D’s menu is short, simple, and to-the-point. What they do, they do well.
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