Now I know why this place is number 1 in Jupiter by Tripadvisor. The food at this restaurant is absolutely great!!! The name "The Food Shack" is misleading. Actually, it is a quaint restaurant in a strip mall that has a very nice beach restaurant theme with the usual beach scene items interdispersed with some very pleasing artistic pictures. It is not like a shack at all. One can sit at individual tables or at the bar and watch the chefs prepare your excellent meal. I like the casual environment. The menu centers around a large variety of sea food dishes that are prepared by blending unusual flavors. Come early as this place fills with locals quickly.
We started our lunch with a Coconut Shrimp appetizer that was lightly breaded and served over a bed of fresh fruit. The fruit was seasoned with a bit of heat and was a great accompanyment to the shrimp and special coctail sauce. My son ordered the Wahoo encrusted with Butternut Potato Chip Sea Salt Ginger over watermelon, papaya, pear salad with Horseradish Kiwi dressing. I had a bite and the melding of flavors was wonderful. My daughter-in-law ordered a Calamari Steak Sandwich which she devoured without giving up any samples. I may try that myself on the next visit. My wife ordered the BBQ grilled Wahoo wrap with butternut squash, green apple, bacon slaw with gorgonzola. I tried a bite of that too and the BBQ sauce was not overpowering but offered a unique flavor to the huge chunk of fish nestled in the very fresh thin wrap. I had the Plate of the Day which consisted of local grilled Cobia with grilled asparagus, fresh Arugula topped with mushroom shallot sherry cream sauce. They shaved big chunks of parmeason over the top of that. Oh my goodness!!! This was among the very best fish dinners that I have had on either coast...perhaps even the best. The sauce was delicate and accentuated the flavor of the fish which was grilled to perfection. Asperagas? Grilled perfectly...cooked but with just the right amount of crunch.
The only problem with this restaurant is that it is sooo hard to choose what to order. My son, who has come here often says that he has never found a dish that he didn't like. I believe it.
Our waitress was most attentive. We ordered different types of iced tea and she never failed to bring the right refill to the right person. Most important, our glasses were never empty. This place has it all together, great chef, great wait staff, relaxing environment and, obviously, good management. I will be coming here again to try other fish dishes with unusual accompanyments. Sorry about stealing the Daily Specials Lunch sheet, but I knew that I could not do this place justice unless I could describe the dishes in the way that the chef did.
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