For those if you familiar with the classic seafood restaurant Hook Line & Sinker need to visit Hookline, its sister restaurant with higher-end seafood located in Plano’s Granite Parkway development.
Granite Parkway has recently exploded with new places to eat, a scenic boardwalk, a luxury hotel, an upcoming brewery and more properties coming to for your entertaining and dining pleasure.
The Boardwalk at night
Meet Hookline…. the elevated seafood playground for adults (and families are welcome, too.) The restaurant overall is a chic yet casual spot. There are many reasons to pay a visit…whether you’re a die-hard fan of oysters, enjoying a new happy hour spot with co-workers, dining in for weekend brunch or simply having Hookline as your next lunch or dinner visit… you’ll be impressed at the variety of fresh seafood and creative cocktails. Chef and culinary director Aaron Nelson describes the menu here as “Gulf Coast, Low Country.” Hookline is a chef-driven restaurant, and Chef Aaron has led the direction in food, drinks and helped with the restaurant’s design.
Enjoy selections from the raw oyster bar.
The restaurant posts its updated oysters list daily. Soon, Hookline will have the largest selection of cooked oysters in DFW.
We sampled the char-grilled oysters… it’s a must-have for those looking for a new oyster experience. And why not… this is a unique selection you don’t see around town too often! These oysters have garlic-herb butter and Parmesan cheese added to them and come with grilled french bread on the side.
Keeping to creativity, I also suggest ordering a plate of the Oysters Tex-A-Feller (spinach dip filled oyster shell, cornmeal fried oyster, hollandaise and chives).
Another recommendation is the Pimento Cheese Fritters – because these cheese balls will change your life. This delectable item comes with green tomato jam and a Mississippi Comeback Sauce.
Cocktails and drinks
The cocktails are impressive and creative at Hookline. Chef Aaron has hand selected the entire drinks menu, so you know it’s going to be good. He’s played around with different flavors, makes all syrups in house and even has a mini garden growing on the patio with basil, okra and other herbs.
Fun fact: While I’m not usually a gin drinker, the Chef’s Water drink changed that for me. Created by the chef himself, the Chef’s Water cocktail comes with tonic syrup, Topo Chico lime water and gin.
Below from left to right: Bradford Watermelon (BIG Dry Gin, Galliano Apertivo, lemon, watermelon sour, elderflowersyrup, compressed watermelon) and the Peaches-n-Herbs (Deep Eddy Peach Vodka, Martine honeysuckle liqueur, lemon, black pepper basil syrup).
Order two Oyster Shooters – one for you, and one for a friend. There’s a kick at first and the shot concludes with a taste of cocktail sauce. The vodka (Dripping Springs) is smooth and tasty.
Enjoy a variety of other craft cocktails, spirits, draft and bottled beer, wine (including two on tap) and bubbles from the extensive drinks menu.
When talking about the menu with Chef Aaron, he stated, “Inspiration for our dishes comes from an array of cooking styles from Cajun to Southern comfort. Must-try items are the NOLA Style BBQ Shrimp & Grits, Scallops & Country Ham, low country boils and our raw bar featuring a variety of east coast oysters along with ceviche, and classics like peel & eat shrimp. From the New Orleans style bread pudding to the tangy Lulu’s Key Lime Pie, the desserts we will be making everything from scratch, onsite daily.”
My dining buddy and I sampled a variety of entrees such as this P’ Boy sandwich below. You can choose shrimp, gulf oysters, catfish nuggets or any combo, along with fries or coleslaw.
If you’re feeling like eating soup, the Gumbo here is worth a try. First, it’s cooked to order. Next , it’s filled with baby ice shrimp, lump crab meat and gulf oysters, and served with Carolina Gold rice. With several different seafood bites in one dish, the gumbo is a bang for your buck.
Furthermore on the menu, you’ll see several From the Grill options. Choose from salmon, trout, Mississippi Catfish, Shrimp Skewers (pictured below) or the seasonal catch. I opted for the shrimp, which was a light yet flavorful dish. All grill plates come with Carolina Gold rice, pilaf and seasonal veggies.
Don’t forget to order a side or two with your entrees. While many of the entrees are pretty big, I recommend ordering the hush puppies (including corn) and the 4 Cheese Mac ‘n’ Cheese, topped with cornbread croutons.
Four made-from-scratch desserts are found on the menu, including the Bread Pudding below. It’s served hot in a skillet and includes a sweet mix of Bourbon Crème Anglai. Grab a few forks and pass this around the table… the sweet finish to my meal was everything I could ask for.
Other desserts offered are Lulu’s Key Lime Pie, Buttermilk Pie and a seasonal Fruit Cobbler with Henry’s Ice Cream (another local favorite). A cup of coffee or tea, like French Press or Moroccan Tea, pair perfectly with the baked goods.
Hours of operation:
Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Weekend Brunch: Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hookline is located at 5872 Granite Parkway, Plano, TX 75024.
(Disclaimer: My menu sampling was complimentary, and all opinions are my own.)