The Juicy Shrimp Shack
We have traveled around the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Ocean and have always been able to find great fresh seafood. Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would find delicious seafood up in the Northwoods at the Juicy Shrimp Shack.
The Juicy Shrimp Shack is located just off of I-94 and Highway 29 near Elk Mound, Wisconsin. It is just a short 15 minute drive from Eau Claire, Wisconsin and a little over an hour from the Twin Cities. There are billboards advertising the Juicy Shrimp Shack on both sides of the interstate as you approach.
We weren’t sure what to expect regarding the decor of the restaurant as the outside of the building just has a Juicy Shrimp Shack banner and an “Open” neon light sign in a window on the side of the building. But when we opened the doors, we were impressed with the cleanliness and space of the building. We tried to come at an off time, around 3 PM, so we could get better photos without so many people in it. As you can see from the photos below you have the choice of booths or tables. Each table has a plastic tablecloth that we found was very smart once you start digging into the seafood!
Most seafood restaurants that we have been to on the Gulf of Mexico or in the southeast offer tons of fried options. That was not the case here and we were so happy about that. It is an extensive menu and there are a wide variety of choices. There is also a kids menu so if your child is picky about food, there is sure to be something on there that he or she will like. Prices are very reasonable. Now we do want to point out that seafood is not cheap, especially good seafood. So when we saw the menu prices we though they were very comparable to restaurants right on the ocean. Take a look at the current menu as of July 2018.
We couldn’t eat at a seafood restaurant without ordering calamari as an appetizer. Calamari is squid, and believe it or not, my whole family loves it,. The squid were lightly coated in breading and were accompanied with marinara dipping sauce. They were not stringy or chewy at all which we have found to be the problem at most seafood places. I barely had enough time to snap the below photo before they were all gone!
The Sauces and Spice Level
My wife and I think the sauces are what sets the Juicy Shrimp Shack apart from other seafood places. The sauce choices are lemon pepper, garlic butter, and the juicy house special. Then you can choose on the type of spice level you would like to add. There was tiny spice, mild, medium, spicy, and super spicy. Typically you choose one spice and one sauce and the seafood is prepared with your choices. Since there were so many to choose from, we asked if we could try all three sauces separately and then asked for the medium spice on the side. The friendly waitress obliged and brought them out in separate containers.
The Main Course
We came hungry and we are glad we did. There was so much to choose from and everything looked so good. My oldest son settled on the shrimp Po boy and he said it was the best Po Boy he has ever had. The french fries were tasty too.
My youngest son had the chicken tenders and sweet potato fries for a small up-charge. I have to admit, those sweet potato fries were some of the best I have ever eaten.
We then had to try a variety of seafood. We ordered the lobster and were surprised when a whole lobster was delivered to our table. The meat inside to be fresh and flaky.
Our second choice was the shrimp. You have the choice of heads-on or headless shrimp. We chose headless. These shrimp were huge. You just have to peel the coating off before enjoying. I loved to sample all the different sauces and found them all to be great. My wife loved the juicy house special.
Our final choice was the king crab. This was probably our favorite seafood selection. The meat inside the crab was moist, sweet, and flavorful. I couldn’t keep up with cracking the crab fast enough for the family! Once again the sauces and spice added to the delicious flavor of the crab. You can see how huge the crab legs are using the lobster as comparison below.
We have never thought of a food rating system at restaurants before this experience. But if we had to rate the Juicy Shrimp Shack it would be in our top 5 of the over 30 seafood restaurants we have eaten at over the past 15 years.
I know we will be back for a return visit and look forward to the delicious seafood that the Juicy Shrimp Shack has to offer.
If you want to see a short video we created about the Juicy Shrimp Shack you can click here.
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