Shell's restaurant, located "On The Way To The Beach" in Port Aransas, Texas, can be described as a Mecca for both local foodies and tourists seeking seriously good food. Established by Heber Stone (along with his wife Karen and son Heber Stone, Jr.), Shell's definitely shakes off the "old and tired" and gets down to "real food".
Heber Stone began his culinary training with the Omni Hotel Corporation under the tutelage of European Chefs and Food and Beverage Directors. Here he learned all aspects of traditional European cuisine as well as the finer points of restaurant operations and managment. His apprenticeship continued at the trendy Aspin, Colorado restaurant, the Wineskin, under Chef Gert Rausch.
Heber's culinary career is highlighted by his many successful restaurants, including the legendary Courtyard Restaurant in Austin, catering to the likes of famous celebrities and politicians, including President George Bush, ZZ Top, James Michener, and "Lady Bird" Johnson. Other notable ventures include South Point Seafood with it's Gulf style seafood menu and Hudson's on the bend, which featured new and daring recipes, such as rattlesnake cakes and wild game.
After satisfying his dreams and desires to provide novel and unique menu items, and having developed and built several major and highly successful restaurants, Heber moved his family to Port Aransas in order to "kick back" for awhile.
In 1996, Heber opened Shell's, creating an ambiance of a warm, inviting neighborhood restaurant, offering a creative and far ranging menu, reflecting his knowledge of a variety of world cuisines. One just has to explore the menu to see such European influences as he Seared Foie Gras with Carmalized Apple Slice and Aged Balsomic Vineger; the Fusion of "Far East meets the Mediteranean" Capellini with Mixed Seafood, Wood Mushrooms, Roasted Roma Tomatoes, Kiffer Lime Leaves, Lemongrass & Cilantro in a Thai Curry Coconut Broth; the Mexican influenced "Aquacades Tampico" Tampico Style Crab and Avocado Salad. It is no wonder that Shell's has enjoyed success, drawing locals, tourists and old customers from his former restaurants.
Heber himself sums it all up nicely, "We are not here to create some hoity-toity image. I want to cook some seriously good food". Quality Food at Affordable Prices – Shell's delivers on that promise!
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