Our Shaggy’s Run!


The following was written by Steve & Jan Bennett who created a “Shaggy’s Run” to dine at all of the Shaggy’s locations.

How do I start? We are a couple in our 70s and live in Russellville, a small town in the central part of Arkansas. However, in the 1980s, we lived in Clinton, MS, for ten years before moving to Russellville in 1990. As a result of my profession, I worked in the New Orleans area from 2009 through 2012. Even though we loved the restaurants in New Orleans, we would escape to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to get away. Our first experience with a Shaggy’s was in Pass Christian in 2010. The overall experience started a never-ending desire to come back to Shaggy’s! We took our grown kids to the Gulf Coast at Christmas 2012, where we all gathered and had Shaggy’s. We came back in 2014 on our way to Florida. It was a great trip – We stopped at Shaggy’s Pass Harbor and went to Shaggy’s Pensacola Beach.

I, Steve, have a heart condition that prevents me from leaving our front porch much. Jan and I talked about our future and the desire to experience life while we can. Our first thought was to do a “Shaggy’s Run!”

Life is short and it was an instantaneous decision that we go must on another Shaggy’s experience! We noticed that Shaggy’s had grown to at least five locations, so on March 5, 2024, we jumped in the car and headed for Gulfport, MS. On our way, we stopped in Flowood, MS, and dined at Shaggy’s on the Rez, our first stop on the Shaggy’s Run! The following is a day-to-day sequence of our trip!

Stop #1: March 5, 2024 – Shaggy’s on the Rez

We walked in the door at Shaggy’s on the Rez in the late afternoon, and the manager and Chef Shawn greeted us. We explained that we had just arrived and were starting a “Shaggy’s Run” and planned to visit all the Shaggy’s we could! They were so excited, and they welcomed us with open arms. Our waitress was O’Naya, our gracious server (Autumn replaced her after her shift). 

After ordering some drinks, she said not to order any appetizers! We did not understand! She then said that Shawn had something in mind. When she returned, she arrived with not one or two, but THREE appetizers of Shawn’s choosing were delivered to us. We felt like royalty! For the meal, we ordered coconut shrimp, my favorite. We kept a menu and had the staff sign it, which we called our Shaggy’s Passports. Our experience at Shaggy’s was delightful, and we were so pleased that we left a 100% tip!

Stop #2: March 6, 2024 – Shaggy’s Gulfport Beach

We arrived in Gulfport, MS, and stayed at a hotel directly behind the Gulfport Shaggy’s! We skipped breakfast to save ourselves for the next Shaggy’s! Again, as we walked in, we explained that we were on a “Shaggy’s Run,” and this was stop #2. It is a sunny day with the temps in the mid-70s. We were greeted and seated outside, and Marielle, our server, welcomed us. We ordered drinks, the Shaggy’s Shrimp Trio, and a salad. While we were waiting for lunch, we met Casey, the manager. We kept our Passport Menu from the Rez and asked the staff at Gulfport to sign it. Jan loved the bacon-wrapped shrimp, but I ate most of the Coconut Shrimp.

Stop #3 (March 7, 2024) – Shaggy’s Pass Harbor

Since we had to leave the next morning, we prepared ourselves for a double Shaggy’s day! Stop #3 was at the Pass Harbor location, which was the first Shaggy’s we ever visited. We were seated and greeted by Maggie! We pulled out our Passport Menu and explained our Shaggy’s Run adventure.

Lots of the staff dropped by and greeted us and thanked us for coming in. We ordered the Crab-Stuffed Flounder and a salad, which was delicious! We met the manager, Kent, and the hostess. It was another beautiful day and another great Shaggy’s Run experience!

Stop #4 – Shaggy’s Biloxi Beach

After a short break on the beach, we finally made it to Shaggy’s Biloxi Beach for happy hour. Our hostess, Christine, greeted us and took us to a table overlooking the beach. Patrick, our server, introduces himself. We ordered drinks and pulled out one of our Shaggy’s Passport Menus. We were still a little full from lunch, so we went lighter and ordered the Shaggy’s Crab Cakes and a salad. Many of the staff dropped by the table and signed our passports.

We then said goodbye to Shaggy’s! It was an excellent encounter at all of the stops. We are unable to go to Shaggy’ Pensacola Beach due to time. However, we visited there in 2014 on our way through Florida. We are already looking forward to the next Shaggy’s Run!

PS; even though the menu passports served us well, Shaggy’s might consider making an online passport available for others to use and experience. – Steve and Jan Bennett