By Amy McCarthy
By Scott Reitz
By Scott Reitz
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It was after this prelude to matrimony that I sat down and noticed how swell my fish tacos were. Four flour tortilla rolls filled with deep-fried catfish and a spicy-sweet sauce were arranged symmetrically over a thick carpet of greens studded with a single mound of tasty rice pilaf. Other than the crab legs and the oysters, this was the best entry on the menu.
No, that's not right at all. Other than those pasta compositions with the rubberized shrimp, the rest of the menu held its own. Raphael's Mexican shrimp cocktail, a frosty mug filled with tomatoes, creamy avocado, onions and firm, succulent baby shrimp that behaved as though they actually may have been alive at one time or another, coalesced into a zesty, vibrant appetizer.
Fresh fish of the day held up, too. Halibut arrived firm with a delectably thin, crisp exterior that ushered in the sweet, flaky meat.
414 S. Main Street
Grapevine, TX 76051
Dozen oysters: $7.29
Cup of soup: $2.99
Raphaelís shrimp cocktail: $5.29
Crab platter: $15.99
Fish tacos : $8.99
Shrimp/scallop pasta: $10.99
Shrimp scampi: $8.99
Soup also had good texture and flavor. Poblano cream soup was a smooth, silky pottage with a nice surge of heat that did well chasing Half Shells' oysters. But the kid shrimp basket was a mixed bag: edible on one visit, soggy and dreary on another. Yet this really isn't that serious an issue, since kids will eat virtually anything paired with a few crayons.
Half Shells is under the purview of former Rockfish Seafood Grill partner Bill Bayne, who scooped up Half Shells Seafood Grill in Snider Plaza when he cut loose from Rockfish parent See-Worthy Restaurants Inc. Bayne and his wife purchased the Rusty Anchor on Main Street in Grapevine's downtown historic district, a 100-year-old space that he converted into Half Shells.
The place does have a few standout menu items. Yet to fully appreciate the full breadth of this menu, we recommend you bring your own parade and wedding proposal skit.