Freda's Seafood Grille
Finally, I found a place that makes a delicious crabcake.
A delicious crabcake for me means:
- Not a ton of breading (most common problem)
- Not a ton of salt
I love salt. I crave salt. I carry salt packets in my purse just-in-case... However, for some reason, places make crabcakes with a ton of salt.
- You can taste that one of the ingredients is crab.
Beyond that, I'm flexible.
Other crabcakes I've tried here were at:
- Quality Seafood.
One of the worst crabcakes I've ever had. Way over-breaded. Quality Seafood has received rave reviews here, but I do not recommend their crabcakes.
- Central Market
- Vin Bistro
Better than CM, but that might have been the wine effect ;-).
I wasn't very hungry that dad so I only ordered the crab cake appetizer. Freda's crabcake had a tasty crunchy exterior breading, and a perfectly seasoned crab mixture inside, The Oysters Rockefeller another person had looked really good, as did the fried catfish, and each were received with positive reviews. The breading on the catfish looked like panko, and they looked perfectly fried.
ScrumptiousChef, I hereby claim credit for checking out a place that hasn't been reviewed here yet!
Ms. Rene, have you tried this place yet?
From their webpage:
Freda's Seafood Grille
A Collaboration in Food & Art
Serving American - Cajun Cuisine
10903 Pecan Park Blvd
Austin, TX 78750
Reservations are welcome
S U N D A Y B R U N C H
Every Sunday 10:00am till 2:00pm
Sunday to Thursday 3:00pm till 10:00pm
Friday, Saturday 3:00pm till 11:00pm
the only time i've been to freda's was for sunday brunch buffet one time. i was attracted by the seafood that was advertised on the buffet, but overall it was pretty blah stuff. i was a little pissy b/c they didn't replenish the oysters on the half shell and crab legs quickly enough. i don't remember much about the rest of the food, other than it was unremarkable. also, all the hot items were in these silver domed things with a retractable front cover thing (hard to describe, you slide the front cover up into itself!) - the inside of each dome thing was so dark, you couldn't see what you were getting at all. so that definitely killed their presentation. and last, they seated us under a horse ass (bronze statue, yes, but we were looking up at a horse's butthole the whole time- YUM!)
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Well, yes, I've been to Freda's several times. We were excited for something local and a little upscale out here and dined there twice when they first opened which was an unfortunate mistake. They had a different chef then who came out and spoke with the patrons and was quite charming. However, after the first meal our companions said that they would NEVER go back. We, on the other hand, assumed it was just issues with a new kitchen. We went back a month later and again were very disappointed. Our problem was with overcooked steaks and burnt roux type flavor in the crab toppings... also, uninspired side items.
Due to construction in that area, the place was almost deserted for a long time and with our previous experience we were not inspired to give it another shot.
Since then, I've been with friends for a convenient lunch location and found everything to be alright. I particularly enjoyed a pecan crusted tilapia and very tastey gumbo.
I've yet to feel the urge to go for dinner again, though, I've enjoyed the Happy Hour on several occassions. Again, flavorful gumbo - oysters rockefeller and fried pickles are quite delightful. I tried the crab cakes once and recall not wanting to share, but of course, I did. I'll give them another try and pay a little more attention soon.
Freda is a delightful hostess with a quick sense of humor and works the bar sometimes. All of these things should have inspired a return visit for dinner but somehow have not.
So I attended two Happy Hours this evening. One for business at Sam's Boat (EEESH-worse than I remember and I didn't touch the food) and the other for pleasure at Freda's.
We ordered the scallops wrapped in bacon and the seafood quesadillas. The combination of flavors with the scallop dish was great; bacon, capers, light cream sauce and the scallops with herbs and spices... however the scallops were overcooked. My friend thought they were great, though. I found them to be good and acceptable.
I didn't bother with the quesadillas as I planned to order the crab cakes to go, which I did.
Sweet100s is right on! These crab cakes are CRAB - very little filler. Well seasoned and nicely crunchy fried. They were served with the same capers and sauce as the scallops. However, I made a remoulade this past weekend and used it instead. It really worked!
So, for $5.50, you can have two big, fat tasty crab cakes during Happy Hour.
Life is good!
Rene, glad you liked Freda's Crabcakes!
It was definitely the best seafood I've had since the fried crawfish at Louisiana Longhorn Cafe in downtown Round Rock. LLC's crawfish was excellent , with a delicious breading, and perfectly fried, but their friench fries were disappointing (barely warm), so I never wrote it up here.
Nirvrush, thanks for your reply; I won't rush to their buffet. Though it's been eons since I've been to a seafood buffet.
MPH, your reply was poofed! However, recalling its contents, and given your bionic taste buds, I'm not 100% confident these crab cakes would pass your muster, even though I really enjoyed them.
In fact, the only thing in Austin I've eaten that I would confidently recommend to you was the no-longer-available Tuscany Market's Margherita pizza (it still makes me so SAD that they closed).
Hmmm, I hadn't even noticed that my response was poofed. Sometimes the mods try to weed out posts that don't contain practical chow-tips. But thanks for the warning about Freda's. I'll put it on my "if I'm in the area" list.
Now for the practical tip: III Forks does decent crabcakes and shrimp cocktails, but I didn't like their steaks, sides, or desserts (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/336638 ). If you ever wanted to check out a different type of crabcake, you might stop in for appetizers some evening.