Monday, September 30, 2013

Half Shell Oyster House {Gulfport, MS}


On every stop to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, J & I love to “do lunch” at one of our coastal faves, Half Shell Oyster House. Set just a block from the beach, Half Shell offers an array of fresh seafood, oysters, and your typical coastal cuisine.




Set in a New Orleans style building, Half Shell is a great destination when visiting the Gulf Coast.


From the website:

The Half Shell Oyster House has four locations. The first one opened in the summer of 2009 in Downtown Gulfport, MS and the second in Downtown Biloxi, MS. The charbroiled oysters are legendary and the atmosphere will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.  Located in the historic Kremer building in downtown Gulfport, the “Half Shell” or “Oyster House,” as locals have abbreviated it, serves the Southern delicacy freshly shucked on the half shell, charbroiled over an open flame, BBQ, Rockefeller and Bienville. We expanded to Florida in 2012 with the opening of our Sarasota, FL restaurant. Our fourth location opens in Hattiesburg, MS soon.

Our oysters are outstanding, but if you’re not in the mood for oysters, Half Shell has a vast menu with something for everyone, lunch or dinner.  Start your meal with New Orleans style BBQ Shrimp or a Seafood Stuffed Portabella.  The Half Shell Salad with avocado, goat cheese and toasted almonds is great paired with a cup of gumbo.  We feature daily and monthly specials utilizing locally caught fresh fish and seafood. The burgers, poboys and sandwiches are all good too.  Or, try one of our steak or chicken creations like the Chicken Half Shell with Alfredo sauce, sundried tomatoes, capers and artichoke hearts.  Seafood specialties include classic Shrimp and Grits and hearty Seafood Pot Pie.

Whatever you choose, it’ll be served with warm Southern hospitality in a unique atmosphere that complements the food.  Exposed brick walls, wrought iron railings,  unique French Quarter lighting and architecture frame the room.  Each location offers a beautiful and unique setting for your dining experience.  Each of our locations has semi private areas for your party or banquet needs.  Or, just pull up a stool at the long copper bar, order a cold one and watch your oysters be grilled to perfection.

For lunch, dinner or happy hour, Half Shell Oyster House is sure to soon be your old favorite.

Yes, it will!

J and I started with our usual delicious Bloody Marys. Just the right spice makes these a great start.

bloody mary


For lunch, I dined on the Voodoo Shrimp Poboy- scrumptious fried Gulf shrimp with a homemade sweet and spicy Voodoo sauce served on Gambino’s French bread.

voodoo shrimp


J devoured a bowl of seafood gumbo and the seafood stuffed portabellas- Large portabella mushrooms stuffed with shrimp, lump crab meat, minced chipotle peppers, roasted red bell peppers, spinach and seasonings grilled to perfection and topped with grated parmesan cheese and homemade lemon aioli.

seafood gumbo


Be sure to stop at the Half Shell the next time you are on the coast.


Half Shell, y’all!


  1. Yummy! It looks delicious, Ron. I too love coastal cuisine. Mary Sue, Katy, TX

  2. Ron, I'm so glad you posted about this restaurant. We go to Gulfport quite a bit (not lately though) so I'm definately going to check it out. We love oysters and eat them locally at Wintzells (sp?). Those Bloody Marys looks good too!

  3. The food looks so delicious. My mouth is watering! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Now, I'm hungry for those voodoo shrimp and the seafood stuffed portabella mushrooms! Steve would love that Bloody Mary. I wonder if there is a tricked to infusing those veggies? Do you think you could just put all of that in some vodka and let it sit for a week and then strain it? Putting this restaurant on my Pinterest restaurant board. Thanks for sharing. xoxo

  5. The time you post about food are the times I miss Louisiana and the Gulfcoast the most. I traveled to Gulfport many times for my job years ago. What a great little trip!


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