UNIVERSAL CITY — At Shut Yo Mouth Fish and Seafood, get ready to open wide for tasty treats, the owners say.
Robert and Yolanda Cockfield, along with business partner Tracy Carr, didn’t take the plunge into the brick-and-mortar side of the business without first operating a successful food truck.
“We kept the same name we had for our truck: Shut Yo Mouth,” Yolanda Cockfield said. “My husband was in the U.S. Army for 24 years, but he always had a dream about opening a restaurant. He always used to say, ‘Shut yo mouth’ and he always said that one day, if he opened a restaurant, he would call it that. So, he did.”
Diners wanting to visit the new venture can weigh anchor at 333 E. Aviation Blvd.
The Cockfields had a good reason for opening a storefront.
“Our truck was stolen,” Yolanda Cockfield said. “So, we decided to go for it.”
With up to 10 fish varieties offered, diners will find grilled or fried catfish, along with shrimp — two of the most popular. Also featured are perch, bass, drum, salmon, redfish, trout and more.
Craving something more exotic? Try the frog legs. Want to take a deeper dive? Chomp down on oysters, scallops or even alligator.
Veteran line cook Joe Buckmeier, who’s worked at too many popular local spots to mention during his 40-plus-year career, directs the kitchen.
Kids’ meals are available. Nonseafood dishes include okra, spaghetti, chicken nuggets, Buffalo wings, fried mushrooms and onion rings.
“We started operating our food truck in 2015. Having it stolen in 2018 was a blessing in disguise. We’re really excited with our decision to open this place. The customers’ response has been great,” Cockfield said.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
SHUT YO MOUTH FISH AND SEAFOOD
333 E. Aviation Blvd. in Universal City
For more, call 726-444-0077 or https://www.facebook.com/333Aviation/