O’Shucks is the sister restaurant to Oyster Bay, found just off Highway 78 heading towards Athens. The emphasis is on sustainable seafood, especially oysters and shrimp. It’s a smaller restaurant found in a strip mall named Old Loganville Square, next to a pizzeria. Given the crowds we saw on a Tuesday night, O’Shucks is rather popular.

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As we went to Oyster Bay for lunch, we tried O’Shucks for dinner. We started with fried oysters, and a cup of she crab soup. Fried oysters were tender and tasty, the she crab soup delightful and rich.

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I had a cedar plank salmon, my wife and daughter had po’ boys. My po’ boy photos are lacking, and as the same po’ boy is served at Oyster Bay, you might check out that review for a better photograph. The salmon had a hint of crustiness, and was a pleasure to eat. Po boys were devoured.

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My daughter rates the fries as exceptionally good at O’Shucks. They’re crusted, the way some fast food restaurants do it. Staff were dressed in black, efficient, cute.

Despite some eater reports to the contrary, these restaurants are clearly affordable. There are plenty of seafood and other options in the $7.50 to $11.00 range, good value for this kind of eating.

Yes, we’ll be back, especially as my wife can’t eat meat on Fridays these days. This place, and Oyster Bay, are good enough to be part of the regular rotation of seafood eaters within a reasonable drive of their locations, as an original and casual alternative to Red Lobster and Bonefish Grill.

O’Shucks
3939 Atlanta Highway
Loganville, GA 30052
(770) 558-1617

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Tip: Oyster special on Wednesdays.

Claude’s off the Bayou is housed in a modest brick and siding building just to the side of Highway 78, and serves both barbecue and some simpler Cajun dishes. It’s an intriguing combination, but for bloggers, represents something of a challenge. It’s just about impossible to make a judgement on barbecue and Cajun in one trip, and for now, that’s all I have.

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crawfish tails with fried green tomatoes, foreground, and alligator bites with fries, background.

Crawfish tails with fried green tomatoes, foreground, and alligator bites with fries, background.

The short take home is that you can’t go wrong with any of Claude’s fried platters. The alligator bites are good. Crawfish tails are tasty and have a hint of spice to them. Hugh puppies are decent. I wasn’t fond of Claude’s gumbo, lacking spice, but overall this restaurant can be ranked into the pretty good to good category. About half of all restaurants that claim Cajun/Creole roots in Atlanta will never be written about on this blog. They’re not good enough. And Claude’s is good enough to talk about.

There are bits of bark in that mustard sauce drenched meat.

There are bits of bark in that mustard sauce drenched meat.

Claude's smoker: do they use it to its potential?

Claude’s smoker: do they use it to its potential?

In terms of their barbecue, based on a single pulled pork sandwich, I can say they like their product to be fall off the bone tender and to allow the sauce to carry flavor. But clearly there are dark spots in that light brown meat, and hints of smoke flavor. Further, there is a smoker in the back of the restaurant. So without knowing any more, I’d have to say Claude’s has some tantalizing hints of being able to provide a smoked meat product. But whether they do, and on any kind of consistent basis, would have to be determined on further visits.

Claude’s Off the Bayou
2200 Commerce Drive
Loganville, GA 30052
(770) 466-8889

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Thai Taste is a restaurant found just minutes up 78 from Mellow Mushroom, on the left side as you travel east. It’s on the end of a strip mall and easy to miss. And I don’t usually head east on 78 but this time I did, and this eatery is closer to Snellville than most spots on Pleasant Hill road.

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I came for lunch. The inside of the restaurant is neat and clean, and on a blackboard they have posted specials.

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I had the curried catfish. That came with a good tasting soup. The catfish itself was crunchy and the curry base had just the right amount of heat and was well spiced.

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You can adjust the heat of your dishes. My waiter asked if I wanted my food mild, medium, hot, or Thai hot. The medium at Thai taste is enough heat to know it’s there and you can feel it build as you eat.

If you search the Internet for reviews of the place, phrases like “undiscovered gem”, “best of the Snellville/Lawrenceville area”, and “great food” get used repeatedly. And while I’m not giving up Benny’s Bar and Grill or Danthai for Thai Taste, it is good enough to be part of any discussion of the best eateries in the Snellville/Loganville area.

Thai Taste
1009 Athens Highway
Loganville, GA 30052
(678) 344-7444

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