May 9th is National Shrimp Day – This Scampi Happening.

May 9th is National Shrimp Day – This Scampi Happening.


Americans love shrimp so much that they actually consume over 1-billion pounds of them each year. It’s no wonder why they’re so popular. They’re easy to clean, easier to prepare (they cook so fast), and taste delicious. Shrimp can be broiled, boiled, baked, fried, grilled, sautĂ©ed or stir-fried. There are no limitations. Serve them with or without seasonings, hot or cold, with cocktail, tarter, shrimp sauce or soy. You can eat them in soups, salads, sandwiches, dips, casseroles or simply by themselves.  You want ALL of the shrimp? That’s so “shellfish” of you.



To vein or de-vein?…that is the question.

How you prep your shrimp before cooking and eating them is a matter of personal preference. There is no right or wrong when it come veining or deveining shrimp. The “vein” is actually the shrimps intestine. Shrimp are bottom feeders and will most likely have the remains of it’s last meal inside of them. Many think that the intestines of the shrimp make the shrimp taste different or gritty.  Some like it with, and some without. Again, it’s a matter of what tastes best to you and the people you’re serving.


Healthy benefits of eating shrimp include:

  • Calories – Shrimp are low in calories, with 1 gram of shrimp containing 1 calorie.
  • Macronutrients – Shrimp are made mostly of protein and water.
  • Vitamins & Minerals – Shrimp are packed full of vitamins such as selenium, vitamins B12, A, E and B6, iron, magnesium, sodium, zinc and copper.
  • Omega 3 – Fatty acids such as Omega 3 provide antioxidant protection.



Charlotte has a lot of seafood restaurants to choose from, but when it comes to serving shrimp, these places know how to do it right.


Cajun Yard Dog – Arboretum

  • Chicken and Seafood Jambalaya with chicken, Andouille sausage, shrimp, crawfish and mussels, served with a choice of side.
  • Fried Shrimp Platter with Cocktail sauce and served with choice of two sides.
  • Shrimp, Crawfish or Chicken Etoufee, served over rice with your choice of side.


McCormick and Schmick’s – SouthPark and Uptown

  • Coconut Shrimp Appetizer with Orange Horseradish Marmalade.
  • Shrimp and Andouille “Mac & Cheese” with a Four Cheese Sauce.
  • Stuffed Shrimp Seafood Specialty with Lump Crab Stuffed Shrimp and Red Pepper White Cheddar Mash.


Baku – SouthPark

  • Tiger Shrimp Robata Skewer with sesame, ginger and sweet chili.
  • Tiger Prawn Tempura with yuzu shichimi dressing and tentsuyu.
  • Pan roasted Tiger Prawns with yuzu ponzu butter and blistered tomatoes.


Krazy Fish – Central Ave.

  • Shrimp Gazpacho with jumbo grilled shrimp served in a cold summer cocktail sauce with house made tortilla chips.
  • Shrimp Curry Appetizer with jumbo grilled shrimp in a Jamaican yellow curry sauce accompanied with the house favorite potato cake.
  • Shrimp and Grits with jumbo shrimp sautĂ©ed in a mango pineapple sauce, ladled in jalapeno cheddar cheese grits soufflĂ©. Served with corn bread.


Cabo Fish Taco – NODA

  • Diablo Shrimp Salad with Gulf Shrimp and Pineapple chunks, skewered and grilled with a mango BBQ sauce, served over a Cabo Casa salad.
  • Lemon Grass Shrimp Tacos stuffed with avocado, mixed greens, tomato, cheese and garnished with pickled red onions and finished with a white cilantro sauce.
  • Thai Shrimp Wrap with blackened shrimp wrapped with avocado, mixed greens, carrots, onions, celery, cucumbers, tomato, cheese and a Thai chili sauce.


Lure – South Charlotte

  • Shrimp and Prosciutto Flatbread with oil and garlic, gulf shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, prosciutto, Lure cheese blend and basil pesto.
  • Shrimp and Grits with Gulf shrimp, grits, Tasso gravy, Andouille sausage, spinach and tomato.
  • Fried Shrimp Platter of Gulf Shrimp with house chips, slaw, creole tarter sauce, cocktail sauce and corn fritters.
When not working behind the scenes at Restaurant Traffic, you can find this local foodie guru out and about enjoying the Charlotte restaurant scene with close friends and family.

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