GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Gulf Seafood Trail is a campaign encouraging local restaurants to promote fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico. It started in late spring, and ends on August 14.
Half Shell Oyster House is one of the 41 restaurants participating in this year's seafood trail campaign. Manager Chad Henson says his staffers are excited to be involved. "We are locally owned, and we are a part of this community. We want to make sure we're showcasing everything the Gulf Coast has to offer, and local seafood is the best way to be able to do that as far as our business goes," said Henson.
Half Shell is offering two seafood specials this month, one with oysters and the other with crab, both made with local seafood. "We thought of creative ways to be able to incorporate it into specials," said Henson.
Another participating restaurant is Blow Fly Inn in Gulfport. Scott Weinberg said the campaign really works. "It's always good to promote gulf coast seafood, and we have the best restaurants to cook it here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Weinberg.
Since the campaign started, Weinberg has heard from several customers who saw his restaurant was participating. "They've done a good job with visibility online, Facebook, and the online presence so we get visibility there and then we've had a lot of people come in and say they've seen it online," said Weinberg.
He's also noticed customers are becoming more inquisitive about where their seafood comes from. "The farm to table movement has also moved into the waters so people want to know what waters their seafood comes from," said Weinberg.
Weinberg is always proud to tell them it comes from gulf coast waters, because it's the best seafood in the land.