There's a fresh new seafood restaurant popping up at Dallas' Mockingbird Station: Called WannaEat Seafood, it's a Caribbean and Southern fusion restaurant with spicy fare that'll open July 31.
Their address is 5331 E. Mockingbird Lane, #160, also known as the space where Edith's Bistro used to be. Before Edith's was there, it was Rockfish Grill, so there is a history of seafood in the space.
WannaEat is from husband-and-wife John and Brittney Wannamaker, whose roots span from New York to Louisiana and Texas.
Their menu features specialty items such as:
- Fish Stew with rockfish, sausage, and vegetables served over white rice
- Jamaican jerked shrimp basted in authentic jerk sauce
- Alfredo pasta with shrimp
- Salmon patties, like a salmon version of crabcakes
They do traditional crawfish boils with potatoes and corn, plus a rich, crawfish-spiked mac & cheese. They also have catfish nuggets, lobster tails, oysters Rockefeller, and their special Fried Snow Crab Clusters — a cluster of crab legs still joined at "the hip," fried and dusted with a hot cayenne-based spice mix.
John calls himself an avid foodie from a Caribbean culture in Brooklyn, where he worked in the hospitality industry for seven years. Brittney split her childhood between Louisiana and Texas, where she perfected her Cajun cooking style.
The couple built up some name recognition by catering private parties and large-scale events such as crawfish boils. They've been working out of a commercial kitchen in Garland, and partnered with food delivery companies such as GrubHub, Postmates, DoorDash, Favor.
The Wannamakers will continue to take online orders through the WannaEat Seafood website during the pop-up activation now through the end of October 2020.
At Mockinbird Station, they'll occupy the 4,211-square-foot restaurant space with a dining room, to-go ordering area and curbside pickup.
“We are so excited to bring our WannaEat Seafood concept to a brick and mortar space and feel like Mockingbird Station is the perfect spot for our pop-up kitchen and next step for our brand," the couple says in a statement.
WannaEat Seafood is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday from 10 am-9 pm, and is closed Sundays.