The seafood is rising with the opening of a new location of Rex's Seafood, a Dallas restaurant concept that has been serving up fried oysters, fish and chips, and more in one form or another for more than a decade.
Rex's currently has one location at the Dallas Farmers Market, but owner Beau Bellomy confirms that a second location will open this fall at 6713 W. Northwest Hwy., in a shopping center at the northwest corner of Hillcrest Road.
It's taking over a space that was most recently occupied by the ill-fated Kickshaw's Fast Gastro and, prior to that, a Mooyah's.
"We've always wanted to get back into that neighborhood," Bellomy says. "We still have a loyal following from when we were open on Lovers Lane. They come to see us at the Farmers Market but they'd like to have a closer location."
Rex's was founded in 2006 as a seafood market at 5200 Lovers Ln. by Beau's father, Rex Bellomy. In response to customer demand, Rex eventually expanded the market by opening a restaurant in the location. In 2015, they opened a second location in Lakewood at Mockingbird Lane and Abrams Road.
But the chain experienced some ebb and flow. Both the Lakewood location and the original on Lovers Lane closed in 2016. (The Lovers Lane location is now home to Lovers Seafood, the like-minded restaurant from Kent and Tracy Rathbun.)
But Beau had already picked up the torch and opened a Rex's Seafood at the Dallas Farmers Market.
Rex's has always been both casual and affordable, with seafood that's good and fresh — a relatively rare commodity in Dallas.
Their menu has a distinct a Cajun twang. Diners love their fried oysters, crab cakes, hush puppies, and bread pudding. But their fish and chips is persuasively authentic, and entrees such as Atlantic salmon with spinach, red beans, and rice add an upscale piece to the menu.
They do that essential foodie favorite, the New England-style lobster roll, as well as wrap sandwiches, tacos, and seafood pasta dishes such as pasta with shrimp, crab, and shellfish in a spicy diavolo sauce.
The Northwest Highway location is currently under construction with a hoped-for opening by January 2019.