I can still taste the ground pepper and exotic salt on my tongue. These seasonings, sprinkled over the lightest, freshest French fries I have ever had, are just a few of the special touches you'll find at Shell.Fish.Sue, a new restaurant that opened on Main Street in Lansdale PA this summer.
Sue's "Dirty Fries," which can be purchased separately or as part of a meal, are fresh cut and lightly cooked. You can choose your salt. These salt choices include Hakanai Flake, Anabito No Moshio (seaweed salt), Antarctic Sea Salt, Fiore Di Sale Di Trapani (Italian Salt), and Murray Darling salt.
"We scoured the globe for these salts," said Renee, the young man who took our order, brought our food, cleaned up the tables, and rung up our bill. He greeted us with a genuine smile when we entered Shell.Fish.Sue. His eyes lit up as he described the specials. After he took our order he brought us a sampling of cole slaw. And when we paid the bill, he shook our hands and introduced himself.
Along with our fries, my husband had tempura battered shrimp and I chose a Baltimore style crab cake. All of the food we had was so good that I felt as though I were eating at my sister-in-law Diane's house (she is one of the best cooks on the planet). Other menu items included mussels, crabcakes, fish and chips, and a variety of sandwiches. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant offers a lobster mac and cheese with house made pasta, burrata cheese, cheddar, and cold water lobster.
The dining area at Shell.Fish.Sue's is small but light and airy. Feel-good music is playing and the patrons seem happy. The walls are a bright oyster color, complementing the clean tile floor. Wall art includes rope anchors and other nautical artifacts. Old fashioned chandeliers hang from the ceiling. The tables and chairs are also light and modern; the high top tables even have a little hook to hang your purse.
A sign directs patrons to go to the counter to placeand pick up their orders. You also get your own bottled water or other drink. The glass cased counter shows off sea scallops, shrimp salad, potato salad, live lobster, and other delicacies. On top of the counter is a basket that holds cellophane-wrapped squares of sweet cherry bread pudding. I purchased one to take home but am saving it for my morning coffee. At that time I plan to delve further into the mystery of the salts….What is Murray Darling? Will it make those fries even better?
Although it is not fancy, Shell.Fish.Sue is simply delightful. With its charming atmosphere, friendly staff, and excellent food, it has all the makings of success.
Now I just need to go back and try some of the other things on their menu!
5 West Main St.
Lansdale, PA 19446