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Spotlight On Coastal Cuisine: Seafood, and wings, and drinks, oh my!

A great experience for all to have at the Shuckin’ Shack

Shuckin Shack’s 2nd Location is on historic downtown Wilmington at 109 Market St.

The Carolina Beach Shack is located steps from the boardwalk, carnival and Thursday night fireworks.

By: Candace Lookingbill
Staff Writer

Menus made of beer flats, galvanized buckets as light shades over the bar, where would you find these? Carolina Beach’s very own Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar. This restaurant grew from a vision of Matt Piccinin and Sean Cook; they wanted to provide a great atmosphere along with fresh seafood caught in American waters to the area.
In the five years that they have been in operation, Matt Piccinin and Sean Cook were recently named Coastal Entrepreneurs of the Year by Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. Coastal Living magazine named the Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar one of the top 22 Seafood Dives in America. Star News names Shuckin’ Shack one of the 12 Hidden Cape Fear Gems and was also voted having the best Bloody Mary in downtown Wilmington. They offer steamed seafood. Oysters come either steamed (and they will shuck them for a little extra) or on the half shell. Shrimp comes either as half pound or by the pound, clams and mussels are by the dozen, crab legs and Atlantic Red crab claws are both by the pound. The steam pots are good for sharing and they include crab legs, oysters, clams, shrimp, corn and cole slaw, a meal for two.
Another popular menu item is their wings. They are fried whole wings and come in two sizes large and small and they served with homemade hot sauce, medium, mild, teriyaki and sweet Thai chili.
There are a variety of appetizers, macaroni wedges, jalapeno bottle caps, fried pickles, hushpuppies to name a few. There are sandwiches and they are served with French fries and cole slaw. Or try surf and turf their way, get wings and something off the seafood menu. There is plenty more on the menu to choose from, you need to come and see, and while you are there check out the oyster shooters and oyster bombs.
Piccinin and Cook decided to expand on their vision and opened a second location in historic downtown Wilmington at 109 Market St. The same food is offered here, but they were able to expand it a little which includes fish tacos, salads and crab cake sliders. There are daily specials; all steamed specials depend on availability of the item. The family-friendly restaurant and the friendly bartenders, who are eager to assist you, makes this a perfect place to come to relax and enjoy a great meal and drink after a hard day at work or a day at the beach. There will be a game of hockey, college sports, football or baseball on the televisions. Both locations are conveniently located. Carolina Beach’s is located steps from the boardwalk, carnival and Thursday night fireworks. It is a favorite place of the residents and vacationers. The Wilmington’s location is directly beside the parking garage and less than two blocks from the River Walk and Friday Night Sundown Concerts. Plus, the Wilmington restaurant has live music Friday and Saturday nights. Each location has outdoor seating. Shuckin’ Shack also sells oysters and shrimp at the annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival. Regarding the oyster shells, they do not throw them away; they participate in North Carolina Oyster Shell Recycling. The hours of operation for both locations are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 2 a.m. Sunday. For details you can call, 910-458-7380 (Carolina Beach) or 910-833-8622 (Wilmington). Visit their website at pleasureislandoysterba or follow both locations on Facebook.
So, do not delay, come out and have ‘ A Good Shuckin’ Time’ at the either locations of the Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar.