Shaking Seafood & Wings

 

Written by Heide Brandes in the May 2018 Issue

Shaking Seafood & Wings

Shaking Seafood & Wings

Louisiana-style crawfish boil, no silverware required

If you’re going by Shaking Seafood and Wings, Edmond’s newest seafood eatery, get ready to get messy. In fact, the messier you get, the more Shaking Seafood likes it. Because they serve up giant shrimp, fresh live crawfish, snow and king crab, mussels and more in a traditional-style boil, it gets dumped right on the plastic tablecloth and is served with no silverware.

“We’ve been open two months, and 90 percent of everybody who comes in enjoys the style that it is - you know, no plates, no silverware,” said Manager Byron Eddlemon. “We do kind of the Louisiana-boil style, and just dump it out on the table. We have had a select few people who haven’t liked it and they request plates and silverware, which is fine. We are more than happy to accommodate all kinds of guests.”

While Shaking Seafood is not necessarily a new concept, it’s an interesting concept in Oklahoma. The restaurant boils everything in a bag in a special boil recipe.

“I can’t tell you what’s in it, but the secret recipe, no pun intended, is an ancient Chinese secret,” said Eddlemon. “We use the freshest seafood that we possibly can. There’s nothing around particularly the Edmond area that I’m aware of that has this type of concept where you can come out, dump all your food on the table and make a mess and just have a good time.”

Shaking Seafood and Wings, located at 1501 N. Santa Fe, Ste. 100 (Danforth & Santa Fe) in Edmond, is the latest restaurant from Jackey Zhao and Bruce Chin, who also opened the Kobe Sushi and Steakhouse. Eddlemon, who has 20 years of seafood restaurant experience, was brought in to manage the new restaurant and “shake hands and kiss babies,” he said. 

“This is the style of food that you get if you’re out by the ocean,” he said. “I think people enjoy this style of eating, and it reminds people of good times with friends and family. A big, messy dump boil brings back good times and everybody wants to re-experience good times.” The food at Shaking Seafood ranges from fried oysters and calamari appetizers to traditional crab, shrimp and crawfish boils to more land-loving choices like “the biggest chicken wings you’ve ever seen,” shrimp tacos and chicken strips. Each boil dinner features a full pound of seafood.

“You can either do a single boil or you can do a ‘Catch 2,’ which is any two items in the boil,” Eddlemon said. “The Catch 2 is a full two pounds of seafood. That’s roughly 21 to 25 shrimp to a pound, and it’s the larger shrimp.”

The new fried catfish is quickly becoming one of the most popular items on the menu as is the live crawfish option. The restaurant also offers $2, $3 and $4 beer specials daily.

“We’re going to start offering a lunch menu in mid-May with smaller portions,” Eddlemon said. “The lunch crowd sometimes doesn’t want a full pound of seafood. So, we’ll be unveiling that in a few weeks.”

 The restaurant is open at 11 a.m. daily until 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Take-out is also available.

“Get ready to get messy,” Eddlemon said. “That’s why we give you bibs, gloves, wet naps, the whole nine yards. If you get messy, that’s okay. We expect that. We just want you to have a good time and eat some good food when you’re here.”

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