Jamie Davis has opened his second JD Shuckers in his home town of Georgetown, DE. As you might expect, this is definitely not Jamie’s first rodeo. After he bought out former partner Alex Pires at the original Angola/Lewes JD’s, he has grown the brand into two busy locations. This is NOT fine dining. This is a neighborhood bar with a wide variety of craft beers surrounding a well-stocked raw bar. The menu is all about well-prepared comfort food like burgers, sandwiches and broiled or fried entrees. There’s always a fresh catch available depending on the season. Bar goodies are served up in large portions by friendly waitrons. You go to JD Shuckers to unwind and have fun, not to see and be seen. We’ll leave that to Rehoboth Beach and Lewes.
Listen to Jamie and longtime bar manager Josh Huss on 105.9FM’s Sip & Bite with the Rehoboth Foodie as they describe their shiny new Georgetown location.
Starters are pretty standard, with a few cute surprises. Like the same dish in Angola, the calamari is exceptional. It’s fried to a dark crisp (I hate underdone rubber bands), nicely salted and decorated with pickled jalapenos. The wings surprise you with 5 choices. We like the standard Buffalo and also the Thai Chili (see gallery for photos). The mozzarella sticks are unusual in that they are made in-house. The pre-prepared ones that are so prevalent are OK (it’s hard to mess up a piece of cheese), but these are quite good. Cheese lovers will scarf these down (in the gallery, note Jack Riddle’s hungry paw photobombing my wing photo in the background because he couldn’t wait for his mozzarella sticks). All in all, there are nine starters from which to choose.
JD Shuckers is true to its name in the raw bar department, offering not only raw oysters and middleneck clams, but also a selection of steamers (oysters, middlenecks, shrimp) and a sampler of all three. They also dress up PEI mussels with garlic and offer snowcrab clusters (market price, of course). Often there are daily varieties that are on special. We like to get the steamer sampler that sports shrimp, mussels, scallops and clams. Garlic butter, Old Bay and crispy garlic bread top it off.
Choose from six burgers which you can decorate with 11 toppings. On my last visit I got the Bacon BBQ Burger topped with jalapenos – and blue cheese crumbles … just in case. One of my regular Foodettes loves to alternate between the French Dip and the Beer Battered Fish & Chips. There are seven sandwiches on the menu, and there’s always an entree special. Mozzarella-lovin’ Jack got the spiced apple-topped pork chop the other night (see the gallery) and he loved it. Again – it’s a special, so it might not be on the menu when you go. But I guarantee there will be something you like.
salted caramel pretzel shake. WOW!1/16 JD Shuckers Georgetown2/16 JD Shuckers Georgetown3/16 JD Shuckers Georgetown4/16 Jamie’s bread pudding5/16 Wings. The Buffalo persuasion.6/16 JD Shuckers Georgetown7/16 JD Shuckers Georgetown8/16 JD Shuckers Georgetown9/16 JD Shuckers Georgetown10/16 JD Shuckers Georgetown11/16 Jack’s spiced apple-topped pork chop special12/16 Wings with a Thai accent. Note top left mozzarella photobomb13/16 Well-prepared calamari.14/16 JD Shuckers Georgetown15/16 Fried Flounder sandwich16/16
One of the stars of the show is the Hard & Classic Shakes (see the gallery for a mouthwatering – if I do say so myself – photo of the salted caramel pretzel shake). There are five choices, and all of them are made with Hopkins Dairy Farm Ice Cream just down the road a piece. Add alcohol if you wish. You WILL be carded, and no carryout on the hard version. Jamie is proud of his bread puddings, and the recipe changes with the seasons.
Longtime bar manager Josh Huss oversees a well-selected choice of crafts, domestics and imports, along with pretty much any cocktail you can come up with. The bar is cleverly designed to be open and airy, but unseen and unheard in the restaurant area. Clever placement of screens and hidden acoustic panels keep things quiet. And wait until you see those gigantic ceiling fans. I want one for my car.
JD Shuckers is located on Rt. 9/404 directly across from the Owens Campus of Delaware Technical College. You can call them to check hours at 302-856-1400. Check out the menus at their website.