Restaurants in the Piedmont Triad: My Review of the Walkertown Seafood Shack
In Walkertown? Really?
I've lived in the Piedmont Triad for 16 years. I've been through Walkertown a few times and it strikes me as a typical small Southern town. I stumbled across a reference to Walkertown Seafood Shack while using Google to find a restaurant in our area. There were so many reviews, and the vast majority of them so positive, that I decided it was worth a try.
Location, Parking and Waiting
Walkertown Seafood Shack is located at 2890 Darrow Road. Easy to find and traffic was not a problem during rush hour on a Friday night, which is when we visited.
Available parking surrounded the building. If the paved parking areas are full, you can park in the grass beside the drive through. I think there is plenty of parking, even with the amount of patrons I saw at the shack. I noticed the legal capacity notice read "149", and the restaurant was completely full.
We were told it would be a 30 minute wait for a party of three. The waiting area was impressive in that there was plenty of it. You could wait outside on benches which ran the length of the front of the building. Sheltered from the wind, too. Or there is a nice waiting area inside. After thirty minutes, our name was called and we were seated.
Bringing the Coast to the Triad
Their catch phrase is "Bringing the Coast to the Triad", and they aren't kidding. You would think you were at a nice, family friendly mom-and-pop restaurant at the North Carolina coast. The decor is nautical, as you would have guessed, but the nets, sinkers, signs and other paraphernalia do not have the sheet of dust and neglect you might see at other establishments. The tables are covered in checkered tablecloths and your napkins are a roll of paper towels.
As busy as they were, our waitress took our drink order immediately and delivered them back to us within three minutes. She was friendly and seemingly at ease in spite of the number of tables she must have been serving. The menu was varied and there were as many broiled items as fried. You could also order salads, chicken, steak. You can view the menu here. I ordered the combination broiled scallops and crabcakes, with baked potato and slaw. My son ordered the combination broiled scallops and shrimp, french fries and salad, and his friend ordered the steak. The food was delivered to our table within 15 minutes, piping hot.
Order broiled scallops and you run a risk of receiving a plate of overcooked rubber, but not here. My scallops were perfectly prepared. The crab cake was very good, a little too spicy for me, but a little tartar sauce helped that issue. The baked potato was okay, could've been a little fresher. I am not a fan of the hush puppies, but I only like my mama's hush puppies, so don't trust me on that one. My son and his friend said the steak and shrimp were fantastic. His fries looked like the standard fries you would get at a family restaurant, which from my son's point of view, means they were perfect.
The desserts are very generous - they might be better for two people. We had the coconut cake and the strawberry shortcake. Both desserts were very good. I'd go there just for the dessert.
The hours of operation are:
- Monday, closed
- Tuesday - Thursday 11:00 am to 8:30 pm
- Friday 11:00 am to 9:30 pm
- Saturday 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm
- Sunday 12:00 pm to 8:30 pm
If you don't have time to dine in, just use the drive through. Give Walkertown Seafood Shack a try - it may just be the best seafood in the Piedmont Triad.
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