Little Moir's Food Shack
Name: Alice Saltzman
Occupation: Yoga Instructor
Lives In: Hypoluxo
Restaurant Pick: Little Moir's Food Shack
Reviewed Little Moir's Food Shack January 2nd, 2009
Little Moirs Foodshack is a friendly little restaurant with the freshest ingredients prepared in creative and delicious ways. There is something for everyone on the menu. I love that the choices change on daily basis so he can use only what is fresh and in season. He cooks the way I cook at home only much much better.
You pull into a very nondescript Publix shopping center in Jupiter and stumble upon a dining oasis. The chef uses only the freshest, in season, ingredients to make a menu that is fun and creative. Nobody else is doing what he does. The staff is both friendly and knowledgeable and I feel right at home the minute I walk in the door. Whether you sit at the food bar and make small talk with the chefs preparing your meal or strike up a conversation with the couple at the next table about what they are eating it is a fun and comfortable experience. The servers are always available to refill your tea, quick to give a recommendation or patiently explaining a dish. The wine/beer menu is extensive with some local, funky beers for those who swing that way. The menu, again, is creative and fun. You get to pick what type of fish you want with several different salad preps or try one of the other ever changing apps, entrée or dessert. The specials menu changes daily depending on what is fresh and available. It is all creative, all delicious. There is also an extensive regular menu with more fish, beef and chicken options as well as sandwiches and pastas. Overall, there is something for everybody. The prices are competitive at dinner ($14-$26) and downright cheap at lunch ($8-$15). In a word…..go!!!
Name: Terry Brown
Occupation: Town Commissioner
Lives In: Ocean Ridge
Restaurant Pick: John G’s
Reviewed Little Moir's Food Shack: January 7th, 2009
Fun experience, good place to go with friends if you do not mind the wait, give you time to visit while waiting. Looks like a lot of regular, all types in crowds, young working people as well as some older folks.
Service, once seated was very prompt and friendly. The menu and food are unexpectedly sophisticated compared to the rustic décor. Dishes are beautifully presented and adventurously mixed flavors—all delicious.
A very fun place with great food with good portions with daily specials. Plenty of parking, although there are no reservations, you must wait for seating, always this way. However, overall it was a good experience and the food was excellent and well prepared and fresh. We would go back if in the area.
Name: Alex Rendon
Occupation: Music Editor
Lives In: Coconut Creek
Restaurant Pick: Chop's Lobster
Reviewed Little Moir's Food Shack: January 3rd, 2009
I would have never expected such high level tropical cuisine to come from a place called The Shack, hidden in a strip mall. Its décor, vibe and budget friendly prices offer funky island fun for the whole family. A great place to stop on your way to or from Orlando. But, the fresh flavor and exquisite tropical tang well merit a drive from all points south. Worth the drive to Jupiter!
Nestled in a typical no-frills Floridian strip mall, anchored by a Publix, it would be easy to drive by Little Moir’s Food Shack were it not for the horde sitting on benches outside the faux bamboo draped front. The line was about 10 people strong when I pulled up to the location accompanied by wife and in-laws on a Saturday afternoon. The drive from Orland had us all starving, so the crowd was a little discouraging. The hostess said a table for five would be around twenty minutes, but in reality, was more like thirty. When we were called in, despite the island, irie mon vibe, the place was bustling with activity; reggae music blasting through its speakers, waiters and waitress balancing dishes on one hand, and not one empty seat in the house. The Food Shack is basically one congested corridor, with a long bar on one side and about 10 four seat tables on the other. The walls, cluttered with quirky island art, ranging from surfboards to Bob Marley portraits to mounted swordfish and conch shells. After being seated, although it took a little while before our waitress came over to take our drink order, she was so hospitable and courteous that she made us feel right at home. She told us the drink of choice at The Shack was the watermelon sangria but it sounded a bit too sweet for our empty stomachs to handle. I opted for the Monk in the Trunk brew; a Jupiter brewed medium bodied red ale that was a great thirst quencher.
While taking a sip of my delicious beer, we were handed hand written lunch menus with various specials of the day. I was surprised at how modestly priced the items on the menu where, ranging from $12-16 dollars, depending on the fish type (grouper on the low end, yellowtail on the high.)
For starters we ordered the grouper corn fritters and the Shrimp Bruschetta with feta cheese and a balsamic glaze. The grouper corn fritters were not the tiny nuggets we had thought, but rather an entire breaded fillet served up on greens. It had a sweet, creamy center made up of corn nuggets and grouper mesh that was delectably squishy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Not greasy either. The slightly peppery Shack tarter sauce was a perfect dipping compliment too. The shrimp had a succulent freshly grilled flavor. The tender plump shrimp mixed up beautifully with the morsels of tart feta cheese that was scattered generously throughout. What a sensational start to our lunch. Judging by the quality of these two “Shackatizers” we were in for quite a treat!
For desert, the White Chocolate Crème brûlée cheesecake with macadamia nut topping jumped out at me. Just saying the name of this succulent treat makes the mouth water, wouldn’t you say? It had a toasty, crunchy top (as one would expect from a Crème brûlée) but with the extra special bonus of the velvety smooth white chocolate cheesecake filling in the middle. We’ve never had a desert quite like this. What a treat! A perfect ending to our exotic taste bud excursion.
Little Moir is a culinary magician. I don’t know where he is from, but he has taken the tropical Caribbean genre and knocked it out of the park! His Food Shack is well worth the drive up to Jupiter.
Location: 103 S. US Hwy 1, Jupiter, FL 33477
Phone: : 561- 741-3626
Restaurant Owners: Michael & Vivian Moir
Executive Chef: Drew Shimkus
Type of Cuisine: Seafood
Signature Dishes: : Sweet Potato Crusted Fish, Tuna Bass Roll, Panko Fried Oysters
Vegetarian Options: Sweet Potato, Crusted Portabella Mushroom, Coconut Vegg Bowl
Alcohol Served: beer and wine
Corkage Fee: $10.00
Bottle Limit: None
Monday – 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday – 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday – 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday – 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday – 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday – 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday – Closed
Meals Served: Lunch and Dinner
Prix Fix Menu: No
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, %15 gratuity, w/o alcohol):$30
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, %15 gratuity, w/o alcohol): $17
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? All major credit cards
Accept Reservations: No
Need Reservations: No
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: N/A
Accommodations for Children: Yes
Dining Style: Casual
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: 50
Accommodate Groups: Yes
Private Dining Room: No
Tables with Scenic Views: no, but open kitchen to see the chefs cooking
Outdoor Dining: No
Entertainment: Selected nights