Popular restaurant known for shrimp platters & fried catfish announces a second location

Sav McKee

If you’re walking or driving down Parson’s Ave. on a weekend, you’ll probably notice a long line at a walk-up window, under a hard-to-miss sign that portrays a cartoon shrimp with oversized lips.

That’s the line for none other than Shrimp Lips, of course, a city-wide sensation that people have been raving about since they opened their walk-up window in 2018 at 1624 Parsons Ave. Although some would consider it an “underground” restaurant, they have a huge fan following of Columbus foodies.

Photo via Google Photos

This loyal following is mostly due to their fried seafood options, which includes fried shrimp of course, as well as fried crawfish, catfish, lobster, and even fresh snow crab clusters that come with a rich, homemade garlic butter sauce drizzled atop. And yes, they also offer a fried gator philly at limited times. Their seafood is ordered two-three times weekly and shipped directly from the gulf, according to their website. Some claim it’s the best seafood they’ve had in Ohio and in general, and now, there’s another spot to grab it from if you’re not fan of walk-up windows.

Photo of the Crawfish Philly by Dianna A. via Yelp


Shrimp Lips just announced last month they’ve opened a second location at Columbus Food Hall, located at 1282 Essex Hall. Their plan to open this second location was kept quiet this entire time, and they posted on their social media that instead of “announcing moves,” they prefer “confirming arrivals.” 

Owners Doe and John Carter, a husband and wife duo with Southern roots, believe that their food offerings are mixed with soul, love, and a little bit of classic jazz. Their entire family is in the seafood business, with their sons owning a seafood restaurant in Maryland called “The CrabBoss,” and their daughter owning a flourishing seafood restaurant in Louisville, called “The Seafood Lady,” which has been visited by Guy Fieri.

The Carters, via Google Photos

While their Parsons’ location is only open Wednesday through Friday, 11am-6pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm, and Sunday, 12pm-5pm, their other location at Columbus Food Hall is now open until late at night, with last orders in by 11:45pm, in case you need your fried fish & chips fix at midnight. According to their website, they’re open most nights at Columbus Food Hall until midnight, but closed on Mondays. 

Their new location offers most of the favorites located at the Parson’s shop. You can order online for pickup or delivery here.

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