We need to have a serious talk about the Snak Shak on Landon Road in Gulfport.
When is the last time you ate at a picnic table? Outside of a red shack? And sent pictures to your friends to make them jealous?!
Just off of the I-10 Canal Road exit in Gulfport, comfort food meets food truck-eque dining at The Snak Shak. On their corner lot, Eddie and Robin Hart opened a humble eatery where you’ll find full bellies and smiling faces all day long.
My Trip to the Red Shack
I had my daughter in tow – who was overjoyed that we were going somewhere with “loaded fries.” The Snak Shak is easy to find with your GPS and is hiding in an uncrowded area just a stone’s throw away from the Interstate. When we pulled up to the bright red shack, we were greeted by owner Eddie Hart’s big friendly smile.
I immediately noticed a large sign hanging beside the ordering window: “We are not fast food! All our food is fresh and cooked to order. Your order will take 10-15 minutes to prepare, but it’s worth the wait! So place your order, sit down and relax. We will do the rest!”
Eddie explained that they often take call ahead orders and even make deliveries, but they will never become a fast food operation. He offered no apologies for taking time to do things right. Then, Eddie’s wife, Robin, joined us and talked about family, her other full-time job and being back in college. WOW.
“It’s busy, but we love what we do and work around our family,” she explained. “We wanted to make really good food and share it with everyone.” The two work together and even involve their children in the business when school’s not in session.
The place is definitely a glorified “shack,” as self described, with a small parking lot, a few picnic tables and small aluminum building with a porch and an ordering window. It’s quirky in appearance, but well kept and fitting for the experience.
The Snak Shak Food
Eddie told me his famous chicken wings aren’t the tiny ones you get in most chain restaurants, but a larger, fresh version. So, I ordered Mango Habanero and Gumbo Wings. And yes, some Loaded Fries. Fifteen minutes later, my order is served piping hot.
This place is no place for quitters. Their portions are big – and so is the flavor.
The Loaded Fries have a crazy combination of ingredients like cheese, chili, ranch dressing and jalapenos. They took me back to my childhood of unapologetic eating: whatever I wanted in full fat with added toppings and large portions.
Next, I bit into their surprisingly big and juicy chicken wings. The Gumbo Wings are Robin’s version of throwing everything good and flavorful into a pot. The freshly fried wings have a perfect outer crispy skin crunch and a juicy, moist inside with a sweet and spicy glaze for wing perfection. These wings are a far cry from the dried out version most of us have experienced at a sports bar. Most of their sauces are homemade, and there are plenty of options to suit your wing-loving fancy like Honey BBQ, Spicy BBQ, Lemon Pepper, Jalapeno Ranch, Jerk, Buffalo, Mississippi HOT and more.
I happened to get so full that I could not attempt dessert, although a trip for one of their brownie sundaes with fresh whipped cream and caramel is in my near future!
If it’s good casual comfort food you’re after, you’ll enjoy Snak Shak. Next time you’re in THAT mood – and I bet you know just what I mean – when a fancy burger or salad just won’t do, head out to Eddie’s bright red shack, The Snak Shak at 18019 Landon Road in Gulfport.