“Our food is a blast of flavor to your face,” said owner and culinary wiz Christina. And yes, after eating here, we believe her. And we like it. A lot.The Lake Highlands area of Dallas feels like a small town that someone plucked from the vast middle of Texas and plopped unceremoniously in the middle of a big city. Everybody knows everybody, it seems, and eating at any restaurant in the area requires an extra 15 or 20 minutes to say "hi" to all the friends and neighbors locals run into. Lake Highlands, in other words, is the kind of community that breeds places like Offshore's Nextdoor, a Texas/Cajun hybrid that captures the swampy magic of a Louisiana boathouse, sans gator attacks.
Christina Cass, the owner and operator of Offshore's, is a self-taught, culinary wiz who is not afraid of flavor. Or spice. Or heat. The food she's turning out, which is cooked to order, and at a level of maximum freshness, hits with the impact of a delicious sledgehammer. It is, after all Cajun-inspired food, made with a Texas mentality—we don't do bland in the Lone Star State, and Offshore's is a perfect example of that ethos. The Cajun Pasta—creamy, and seemingly laced with firecrackers—is a great introduction to Christina’s cuisine (get it topped with a ginormous plank of catfish for maximum enjoyment). For those who prefer a little heat without the carb-fest, go for the Ahi Tuna Salad. A generous portion of blackened Ahi (served rare, as it should be under penalty of torture) sits atop mixed greens and various veggies under a dressing of a ginger/soy that packs a Tyson-in-the-‘80s-style punch. It’s a good burn.
Ahi Tuna Salad, $11.95 Cajun Pasta w/ Catfish, $11.95 Jambalaya, $10.95
Monday – Friday, 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.