Every year during Lent, Big Shucks becomes packed with people ordering up giant platters of boiled or fried seafood — call it sacrifice, I guess.

Personally, I love a crab leg, boiled-shrimp stacked summer platter or a dozen oysters on the half shell any day of the year.

Fridays during the Lenten season, you can get the grilled tilapia special for just $8.95. They also offer happy hour and lunch specials.

And don’t forget the hidden menu gem, the Big Shucks Hush Puppy: I’d been here a million and one times but had never eaten the $1.95 per basket Hush Puppies until it was suggested that I try them, and I’ve been addicted ever since.

Big Shucks Oyster Bar, 6232 Mockingbird 214.887.6353