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The scent of hand-battered pickles and catfish fillets frying in oil wafts along the river to lure boaters cruising under the Dog River Bridge straight to the docks of The River Shack Restaurant and Oyster Bar. The restaurant's outdoor deck opens to views of sailboat races and fishermen, while diners split raw oysters and shrimp po' boy sandwiches—highlighted as signature items in a sparkling 2010 al.com review from the Well-Fed Reporter. Fresh from the kitchen, servers tote dry-aged prime steaks and juicy cheeseburgers with sides of fried okra through rows of wooden tables. Large windows flood the dining room with light on sunny days and allow cool breezes to blow in off of the water. The interior takes the name "River Shack" to heart with plain wooden walls and sturdy rafters decorated with a variety of nautical objects. Fishing rods hang above doorways, nets and cages dangle from columns, and an old fishing boat can be found nestled in the rafters for weekly reenactments of The Old Man and the Sea. Guests can complement their meal with glasses of beer from the bar and live music scheduled every Sunday.