Before fishermen discovered the edibility of fish, they used each catch as bait for larger species, hoping in the end to hook the biggest fish of all—friendship. Reel in a sandwich and possibly a soul mate with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of burgers and seafood at The River Shack Restaurant and Oyster Bar on Marina Drive South.
The River Shack hauls in grilled platefuls and fried basketfuls of eats culled from both land and sea. Bun-corralled menu options such as the double griddle burger ($8.95) to the fried oyster po' boy ($12.95) can ably occupy hands while herds of the buffalo shrimp appetizer stampede wildly by ($7.95). Fashionably flat, the grilled flounder platter arrives escorted by two down-home sides such as slaw, fried okra, baked beans, or a retired high-school quarterback ($13.95).
Perched upon the well-trained Dog River, The River Shack entertains diners in a rustic, casual atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating. A live music soundtrack accompanies entrees on Saturdays and Sundays, and whooshing waters and pianist Yanni's voice-mail greeting soothingly score the other days of the week.