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What’s the Deal With: The Shrimp Shack?

Highway 20 restaurant offers more than just shrimp

The Shrimp Shack is located on Highway 20 south of Anacortes and east of Deception Pass.
The Shrimp Shack is located on Highway 20 south of Anacortes and east of Deception Pass. (Jaya Flanary/Cascadia Daily News)
By Jaya Flanary Digital Editor/Designer

When my dad moved to Oak Harbor, there was one joke we couldn’t help but make every time we drove on the winding road of Highway 20: Who would eat shrimp out of a shack? 

But the more times I drove by, the more I noticed The Shrimp Shack — a walk-up seafood eatery south of Anacortes — consistently had a line more than 10 deep.

I avoided it for years but finally succumbed. I was surprised to find out the menu is far more than just shrimp. A few standout items include homemade clam chowder, an oyster burger, a gator burger and my favorite, domestic beer for $3.50. 

After ordering at the window, customers get a number that is called when their order is ready. Adjacent to the shack is a large tent and picnic tables for outdoor eating.

Clearly meant to be a tourist eat-and-stretch, this pit stop is right on the highway and is a perfect place to grab a bite before checking out Deception Pass. 

According to its website, the family-owned business opened in 1973. In September 2022, it opened a second location in Clinton, Island County. Built in 1900, the building that was home to Cozy’s Roadhouse, a tavern, is now known as The Shrimp Shack at Cozy’s.

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