Coastal-style restaurant Dock Local serves seafood dishes in Plano

Garlic lobster fries include bacon, garlic, cotija cheese, parsley and homemade gravy on fries. (Erick Pirayesh/Community Impact Newspaper)

While many restaurants have suspended service during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dock Local has expanded, owner Brett Curtis said.

The coastal-style restaurant’s second location opened in Legacy Hall in March 2020, just before stay-at-home orders went into effect.

“I knew it would be a very high volume [at Legacy Hall], and if we perform at a good level, we will be successful,” he said. “I had no problem opening during the pandemic. We were just going to jump, and we did. It was bananas.

Curtis has opened Dock Local’s first brick-and-mortar location in downtown Dallas. The restaurant serves a variety of seafood dishes inspired by Curtis’ childhood in Maryland, he said.

“I’ve been around seafood all my life,” Curtis said. “We were making bushels of crabs every weekend. It was like a big beer and crab contest.

While working for years as a business chef, Curtis began dreaming up unique dishes that incorporated lobster and crab. In 2016, he asked his wife to start a food truck that included some of these meals.

“I said, ‘Let’s start a food truck, let’s see if it goes well,'” he said. “If not, no harm, no fault. »

After settling into the Rail Yard in Frisco, Curtis said the response was so positive he ran out of food the first night.

“I was like, ‘Holy cow,'” he said. “It was really a real educational process.”

Popular dishes like garlic lobster fries, lobster roll and lobster grilled cheese are hard to find in Texas, Curtis said.

“It’s a lot of inspiration from California, from New York, from the west coast, from the east coast,” he said. “You don’t see too many places that do that.”

Local docking station

7800 Windrose Ave, Ste. 104 Plano

214-493-2120

Opening hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11am-9pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-10pm

Dino S. Williams