O'Shucks – new name, new look, new menu
CORTEZ – O'Shucks has opened quietly where Pelican Pete’s used to be at 12012 Cortez Road West, and early patrons have been seen leaving the restaurant raving about the food.
O'Shucks owners Jimmy and Sandy Galanis reopened the eatery with a new look inside and a plan to make it a restaurant with a bar and outside dining. They are adding windows and have put in French doors to make it easier to go from the front porch tables to the bar or tables inside. Inside, there’s a new wood floor, and it’s lighter inside than in the past.
Jimmy Galanis is proud of his menu, which includes dishes other restaurants don’t have.
“We use haddock in our fish and chips, we offer fried pickles, frog legs and smelt, and the smelt has been a popular dish,” Galanis said. “In addition, we have Baja tacos, clams on the half shell, smoked wings, whole fried mullet and a featured fish, like hogshead, where we fry the whole fish, plus shepherds pie and collard greens.”
Incidentally, when you pull into the parking lot, you’re going to find a large smoker in front of the building. It’s not there for show; he offers pulled pork, smoked ribs and other southern favorites.
Galanis has been in the restaurant business locally for 25 years and he knows what people want and what they’re not getting. That’s the reason for the unusual menu choices and for the diners raving about the food, he says.
It is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.
Come on out and taste the kind of food you could only find in a Southern restaurant with a Cortez and Island heritage. For more information, call 792-4822.