I will be upfront and say that The Half Shell is one of my go-to restaurants in Memphis. Whenever I cannot figure out where to eat, most of the time I end up here. I was especially craving it when I woke up Saturday morning, so this was my brunch stop of the day. Since it was such a beautiful day, the boyfriend and I rode our bikes to the restaurant. It’s not terribly far away, and we were able to work up an appetite on the way there while burning off the consumed calories on the way back.
Half Shell is a seafood restaurant,with two locations in Memphis: one in East Memphis at the corner of Poplar and Mendenhall and one in Southwind off Winchester. I have never been to the one in Southwind, as I frequent the one is East Memphis. You can enjoy a full seafood menu any day of the week, but they also offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm. They have discounted Bloody Marys and Mimosas and a list of brunch menu items. This is what we went for today.
You walk in, and the place has a great atmosphere. Everything is home-y and dimly lit. There is also a really nice wrap bar that’s pretty inviting. Most of the tables are pretty secluded and tucked away between walls, so you can focus on your company at the table.
We were sat at our table and were quickly greeted by our server Andi. She was nice, helpful, and saw we were there to hang out for a while so she left us alone for most of the meal. (Thanks Andi!) She brought me my Spicy Bloody Mary and Scott his Mimosa. Food-wise, we both ordered eggs benedict. My two favorite brunch menu items at The Half Shell are the shrimp and grits and the Half Shell Benedict. Today, I had the latter. It’s an english muffin, topped with two poached eggs, spinach, crab meat, and bernaise sauce. I got a fruit cup as my side. Scott opted for the Steak Benedict with potatoes (the food picture somehow got deleted off of my camera, but I will find it and post here).
They were both delicious, as always. The egs were poached perfecly and everything blended nicely together. I am also a fan of their fruit cup, because they go beyond the standard Honey Dew/Cantalope combo like most fruit cups. This one also includes pineapple and grapes.
All in all, our brunch cost us around $35.00, which included the 2 benedicts, 2 Bloody Marys, and 1 mimosa. That’s not bad for a steak and seafood brunch.
If you go during non-brunch times, I highly suggest two items, my staples that I order every time. The first is the Baja Seafood Nachos. These are a “large platter of crisp tortilla chips topped with pan-blackened Tilapia, Bay shrimp, shredded King crab meat and melted Del Rio cheese dip. Finished with sliced pickled jalapenos, pico de gallo, chopped green onions and sour cream” (http://www.halfshell-memphis.com/menu.php). They are a bit expensive, but well worth it.
I usually order those, and if I am still hungry after, I opt for the VooDoo Catfish. To make the VooDoo Catfish, Half Shell takes “your choice of entrée, pan blacken it and serve it atop our famous voodoo shrimp stuffing, then drizzle it with a fresh basil beurre blanc. Served with steamed broccoli” (http://www.halfshell-memphis.com/menu.php). They are both amazing!
This experience, just like my others here, was awesome. I will be back soon, and hope you all go to experience it as well.
I talked to another customer about her love for The Half Shell as well:
They also have a Facebook page.