I’m sorry I waited so long. The Grilled Bacon Wrapped Shrimp preparation I had featured absolutely terrific shrimp, impeccably high quality, large and perfectly cooked. These were moist, and with an excellent texture that was tender enough – properly not soft and definitely no hint of toughness that might indicate too much time on the heat – and nicely assembled with the thin pieces of the affixed bacon, that stayed affixed, nicely complementing rather overwhelming the flavor of the shrimp. These were best grilled shrimp I’ve had in memory and it was one of the top shrimp dishes I’ve had in quite a while, up there with the barbecue shrimp at Mr. B’s in New Orleans earlier this year.
Unfortunately, there were only five shrimp to my order. I could have eaten several more, as delicious as they were. Also unfortunately, the shrimp came with an order of the worst onion rings I might have ever had and the worst garlic bread I’ve ever had. The onion rings had an odd and odd-tasting breading. A friend thought it looked like breading that was old. It didn’t seem like that to me. Rather, it was just dull-looking, not flavorful and bland, at best. An odd complement of horseradish-spiked cocktail sauce was necessary with them. Next time, I’ll go for the fries or Rosemary New Potatoes as my choice of a side. The very dry garlic bread that prefaced my order seemed like two length-wise halves of what appeared to be supermarket-purchased bolillo bread without much in the way of discernible butter or olive oil, nor garlic, and that was left in the oven to affect the consistency of two misshapen croutons.
And annoyingly, there are no prices on the menu. Your bill’s total seems to be dependent on the price of the seafood and the whim of the restaurant. My order which didn’t feature a ton of food was $27.95, quite expensive for me for lunch. There’s not a lunch menu. But I’ll be back to this quirky, homey little bungalow-set spot – just nine tables and about the same number of seats at the bar – for some of its succulent shrimp, at the very least.
1503 Shepherd (between I-10 and the railroad tracks), 77007, (713) 880-2470