Shagger Jacks isn’t right on Oak Island’s beach, but it definitely has that “beachy” feel. Understated draped fishing nets, stuffed fish, buoys help, but the food and attitude are what really makes it feel beachy.
Four of us had an early dinner at Jacks, hence the deserted dining room. By the time we left, more islanders had wandered in.
Two in our party had the Fish & Chips ($12.99). Beer-batter Cod fillets were served on top of fries with a side of apple slaw. Not especially spicy Plobano Tarter Sauce was included. Nothing sub-standard to report here.
BIL (brother-in-law) had Shrimp & Grits ($14.99). Shagger’s take on this dish was interesting and well executed. Topping home made white cheddar grits were shrimp, smoked sausage & sweet peppers in a creamy creole sauce. Luckily BIL is a generous guy and offered tastes all around. I just loved this dish. Texture was great and flavors blended well and popped.
I’m a sucker for crab cakes, so naturally I had to try Jacks. This Crab Cake ($15.25) was served with grilled corn salsa, gouda potatoes & grilled vegetables. Crab Cake: check, grilled corn salsa: check, grilled veggies: check (could have been cooked a tad less), gouda potatoes: okay, but not great. After all, the crab cake is what’s important here, right? And it was large and tasty, not over or under cooked and without an overabundance of filler. Loved the roasted corn salsa, adding smokey flavor and crunch to the dish.
During the summer months, there’s live music and dancing on Jacks outdoor deck. Love the shade tarp. It’s functional and gives the space some energy. I’m guessing the small out-building under construction will be used as a bar / service station?
Want to give Shagger’s a try? Look for the classic truck parked out front.
Shagger Jacks is casual and family friendly. Our amiable server kept things moving, but not too fast. Their motto is “you chill – we grill”. I’m hoping to go back for some outdoor seafood, music and dancing.
8004 East Oak Island Drive
Oak Island, NC 28451