Shuck n' Dive
Name: Carmel Gilson
Lives In: Fort Lauderdale
Restaurant Pick: Shuck N’ Dive
Reviewed:Shuck N’ Dive
We visited Shuck ‘N Dive on a Tuesday evening. It's on a corner in a strip mall and there is loads of free parking right outside. We arrived and were immediately offered a seat either inside or outside, we chose inside. We were a party of four, two adults and two teenagers. We were immediately offered drinks and sampled the special craft beer of the day. We have been to Shuck ‘N Dive on loads of occasions so we knew what we liked. For starters we choose a few items to taste for the table, black and blue oysters (6 delicious oysters topped with crumbled blue cheese and broiled), chicken wings, smoked fish dip and pork boudin. All were a big hit as everyone had ordered their favorites and they were quickly finished. The bar was buzzy and about half of the tables were filled, it was full of locals who knew each other. We orders entrees, a wahoo sandwich (a very good blackened Cajun style wahoo sandwich), grandma's crispy duck (1/2 crispy duck with collard greens, it was delicious), 1/2 lb. cheese burger (always a winner) and a creole sausage platter. John and I ordered a bottle of Merlot from their well-priced wine list. Service was great, friendly and casual with everyone stopping by to say hi and to make sure we were taken care of and the table was as clear as possible. After all the starters, some of us struggled to finish our entrees so we had them boxed and we brought them home. For dessert we shared a bread pudding which was good with a lovely patisserie topping. Our whole evening went well. The meal came to $159 which was very good value. Shuck ‘N Dive may seem casual but they are serious about good Cajun food and about LSU. It's crazy there on a LSU game day.
Name: Ray Gentile
Restaurant Pick: Gluttonous Goat
Reviewed: Shuck N’ Dive
From the moment I walked in the door, I was comfortable and at ease as I commenced my perusing of the menu. Server greeted us and recommended several dishes and featured craft beers that were on tap. The overall ambiance was very upbeat as the Dixieland jazz playing in the background has that effect on your mood. After receiving our appetizers, the portions were ample and I didn’t imagine leaving the restaurant hungry. The fried green tomatoes were the highlight of the meal and I would certainly recommend anyone who eats at this establishment to order them…and that the owners make a fried green tomato Po’ Boy upon request! The crawfish etouffee was flavorful and had a good amount of heat (although I would prefer a bit more) and the portion size was significant as I took half of the dish home and ate it for breakfast the next morning. The quality of the ingredients was noteworthy as the crawfish were relatively fresh and definitely elevated the etouffee. Our waiter was attentive and quick to help our table decide between dishes with a good understanding of the menu and its ingredients. Apart from the food, the overall ambiance of the restaurant is one of its greatest selling points. The music, décor and people who frequent the restaurant combine to make eating here an upbeat experience. Shuck and Dive is definitely a great place to just hang out at the bar, watch a sporting event and enjoy some alternatives to typical pub grub.
Name: Starr Hibbert
Occupation: Forensic Psychologist
Lives In: Delray Beach
Restaurant Pick: Caffe Luna Rosa
Reviewed: Shuck N’ Dive
As I drove on Federal Hwy approaching Shuck-n-Dive, I found it tucked away and not very apparent to locate. I parked, walked inside and it felt awkward to not have someone greet you and guide you to a seat. Then a server pointed out 2 booths and said that it was okay for me to choose which-ever I’d like. So I did. Another server came over to my table immediately and took my drink order. I ordered a root beer and an appetizer; fried pickles. I enjoyed the fried pickles. That was my first time trying that. I then ordered macaroni and cheese; which I just can’t resist. That’s a stable in my life but I didn’t like it. I felt that it had too much cheese and they used spiral pastas. It also had bits of onions in it which I didn’t like. My server came back over and I then order the Crawfish Etouffee, which I thought was delicious! It was rich and creamy and the rice was soft and seemed perfect. Lastly, I ordered two dessert because I just can’t help myself when it comes to desserts; pecan pie and banana pudding. I didn’t like either one. The banana pudding was not rich and traditional tasting; where the cookies soaked up the pudding and got moist. It was very light. The pecan pie had a great crust and the pecans were nice but the whip cream was such an over kill on top; which took away from the actual taste of the pie. Over all, the food was good. But, I would go back mostly for the comfortable cozy feel, great music and nostalgic feel of being in New Orleans.
Location: 650 N Federal Hwy. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Type of Cuisine: New Orleans
Meals Served: Lunch & Supper
Accommodations for Children: Yes