Lockhart Smokehouse Serves Shark, Pisses Off World

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Shark: Ruining international relations via Twitter, everywhere.
"Shark! And it's so good -- little kick but good." So said Lockhart Smokehouse in a tweet announcing their latest menu special. Smoked shark was available in Oak Cliff, and since owner Jill Bergus is a bit of a power Twitterer, the message quickly circled the globe.

The problem is, different cultures have different definitions of what makes for good eats, and shark is not acceptable fodder in other parts of the globe. Many species are also endangered and under protection, so some of the responses got pretty heated. Here are my favorites:

Since you asked, I called up Bergus, and after some subsequent research it was determined that the protein in question was a mako shark, caught in Ecuador. While the Marine Conservation Society approves neither the species or the fishery, and Ecuadorian fisherman may not have the best reputation for harvesting sharks responsibly, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Associations's FishWatch says that mako is currently not overfished. It looks like we're OK, SharkArmy.

I'm just as shocked as you are, Lisa. I'm also running around my apartment with my hand held to my forehead pretending I'm a shark. My dog is terrified.

Because it tastes like the steak of the sea and this is Texas. First off Tony Baker, you're smoking and that's killing us all, but haven't we just proved we're educated by checking in with the organizations that monitor fishing populations, policies and practices to help us make good decisions?

And that's the whole lesson here. If you're about to try something new and you consider yourself an ethical person, you can earn some extra feel goods be seeing what the Marine Conservation Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations FishWatch has to say about your potential decision. The Monterey Bay Aquarium also has this nifty app that will show you what fish are legit while you're out dining at a restaurant or shopping at your grocery store, or food warehouse for barbecue parts.

Or maybe you can keep your head in the sand, like my new friend Stugots?

Yes, Stugots, you have us all pegged. Personally, I'm sitting here sawing my way through a snow leopard steak and carefully serving sea turtle soup with a spoon carved from a black rhino's horn while shooting guns in my house because that's what we do here in America.

Location Info

Lockhart Smokehouse

400 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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GAA214
GAA214

Good PR. I'd eat some.  Next time i'm in Oak Cliff visiting mi Gente i'll drop by. 

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Obviously, no one has stepped foot inside a Australian Fish N' Chip shop and eaten "flake" before.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Looks tasty to me. The rest of the world can hate it all they want.  Just means more for the rest of us.


kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Shark taco's sounds like a yummy dinner!  BTW, I saw the headline and gazed at the tagline that said Scott Reitz, and I knew it was the Dallas Lockhart's location; because Scott would develop a rash and need to be hospitalized if he came anywhere north of 635. Just sayin'.   Also, I drove through downtown Dallas this morning and damn near had to get a new suspension on account of the sh+tty, pot hole ridden roads.......ya'll can have Dallas, the gangs, the bums, that toilet called a river and don't forget the schools!  Yay Dallas, home of uhhhh, errrr, (???).

lebowski300
lebowski300

I ate horse in Switzerland. Super yummers. Once the non thinking bleeding hearts actually think about any thing their hearts explode. #fact

Oxtail
Oxtail

Somebody needs to get a pic of Mark Cuban eating this.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Pansies.  When they start serving dolphin I'll come in for a bite.

JonS
JonS

Lockhart should focus on finding some decent, edible sausage before they get into exotic cuts of meat.

Their sausage is a terrible, mealy disrespect to Texas Hill Country barbecue. They've been open 2-3 years now? I just still don't understand.

gabbahey
gabbahey

I've eaten shark steak before, it's good. Haven't tried Lockhart's though, will definitely try their take on it. 

DieSharkDie
DieSharkDie

Muthafukkas in China are eating live snake and goddamn scorpions on a stick.....but fuck you Lockhart's for serving some smoked shark. Gimmie a break!

dc005
dc005

Do shark rib bones have any shark on them?

kimbrolio
kimbrolio

Oh, so they can eat us, but it's not cool for us to eat them?? How is that fair?

cajunscouse9
cajunscouse9

I'd eat smoked baby seal from Lockhart Smokehouse. Screw what the food Nazis think.

Nictacular
Nictacular

I've always wanted to eat an endangered species*.

I bet panda tastes like Heaven.

*I can read and do understand the mako is not endangered (though it is condisdered vulnerable), in case any of you feel the need to point that out.

Threeboys
Threeboys

@markzero 


So funny.  I don't think the shark cares if it was caught by an Ecuadorean fisherman or one from California/Hawaii.  I would eat it though.

J_A_
J_A_

Your Dallas Cowboys! Oh wait...

J_A_
J_A_

Was it gluey?

mavery1
mavery1

They get their sausage directly from Kreutz Market in Lockhart. The mealy texture is usually called "coarsely ground". It's a style thing, either you like it or you don't, but it's not "bad".

It's OK if you don't like it. But many people feel they have excellent sausage.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@JonS  Have you tried the jalapeno sausage at Mac's BBQ?  Don't miss the hand-cut fries, either!

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