Fried Catfish at Shuck N Jive: Photo by Brittany Nunn

Fried Catfish at Shuck N Jive: Photo by Brittany Nunn

The doors to Shuck N Jive Cajun Food Restaurant on Greenville open, and a warm, aromatic gust drifts out. It smells exactly as it should, like kitchen grease and French fries. Inside, a pack of rowdy football fans crowds the central bar, which dominates the small space. They sip on tall glasses of beer and yell lighthearted banter back and forth across the restaurant to the waitresses. Along the walls, couples sit at small tables scanning the menu. At a table near the door, a dad prods his young daughter to eat more of her chicken strips, but she’s more interested in showing off her latest boo-boo to a patient waitress. Shuck N Jive is a T-shirt and jeans kind of joint where you’re probably not going to make it out without eating something with your fingers. John Kranz founded the original location in East Dallas, and it survives on its friendly service and fresh Cajun food. The oysters are delivered fresh from the Gulf every week, and its biggest seller, Shuck’s Famous Catfish, is delivered daily. Happy hour is 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and karaoke is on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. For those looking for some late-night grub, it’s always open until 2 a.m.

Shuck N Jive
5315 Greenville Avenue

Laid-back, casual

11 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily


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