Taste of Tuscaloosa: Half Shell Oyster House Brings Flavors of the Gulf to Town

The fried oyster po'boy was a selection of the hubs, and the mountain of fried oysters atop delicious bread was a nice companion to the creamy cheese grits. The fried oyster po'boy was a selection of the hubs, and the mountain of fried oysters atop delicious bread was a nice companion to the creamy cheese grits. Sheena Gregg

Every couple, it seems, has this discussion: Where do you want to eat tonight? We’re all after the best place to enjoy a great meal. As one of the newest eateries in Tuscaloosa, Half Shell Oyster House is a strong contender.  

Debuting last fall as the franchise’s 12th location, the community has quickly embraced Half Shell Oyster House as it serves up flavors of the gulf. The restaurant has an impressive menu selection, providing diners with lunch specials, an extensive dinner menu, as well as a fun Sunday brunch. In addition to the variety, the eatery also provides patrons with an exclusive gluten-free menu as a response patrons’ needs. 

Knowing I had to make the journey to Half Shell Oyster House with my hubs, I decided to question the ladies of my weekly supper club to gauge their impression of Tuscaloosa’s newest restaurant. Let me add that they all went to the Oyster House while I was on maternity leave, so part of my questioning was with a purpose to live vicariously through their dining experience. 

“It was the best shrimp away from the ocean I’ve had. I’ve been there just one time so far, but the staff was very engaged, and the waiter was helpful and personable,” said Lea Yerby, long time supper club member and Tuscaloosa resident. Fellow supper club member (and repeat customer at Half Shell Oyster House) Sally Hulsey noted that “the sweet potato was the perfect second side to have as a dessert.” 

With those comments from my fellow foodie friends, I knew the hubs and I had to go ASAP. Feeling “beachy” the day of our lunch outing, I went for a shrimp po'boy with fries, while the hubs went for a fried oyster po'boy with cheese grits. And let me tell you guys, the portions were quite generous, and the food was fantastic. The variety of the menu has me penciling the next trip downtown, and hopefully it’s a nice evening meal to fully enjoy the ambiance of this lovely restaurant, located in what was once home to Glory Bound Gyro Company.  

My shrimp po'boy had the perfect flavors of the gulf that had me reminiscing about our previous beach trip food excursions. 

Whether you’re headed to Half Shell Oyster House for a casual lunch or a romantic dinner this month, you won’t regret your visit. And you can quote me on that!  

Half Shell Oyster House is located at 2325 University Boulevard downtown.  

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