Raw Oysters in Austin- April 2008
As this is the last "r" month, to end the official oyster season, I'd like to start a thread of 'houds raw oyster experiences here in Cap City. Yesterday, I went on the cheap to Alligator Grill. $ 3.00 a dozen. You get what you pay for. Not shucked to order, not even fully shucked, as I had to remove the bottom "foot"(adductor muscle) from the shell. And, crime of all crimes, they rinse the precious oyster liquor from the shell. Very half-assed. Tasteless La. oysters. On to Eddie V's, $6.00 a dozen, but not even twice as good. Once again, VERY lame La. bivalves, small-to-medium, not salty at all. No distinct "taste of the sea". Went to Galveston last weekend & chowed stupendous Gal. Bay oysters, at The Captain's Table, @ $8.95 a dozen. I know that their season took a long time getting going this year (& it's about to end). Any of you 'hounds have any good raw oyster req's, esp. Gal. Bay oysters here in Austin ?
Best place to order is still Pacific star. THe 183 location is much better than Round Rock.
Got a box of 100 from Quality Seafood and shucked them ourselves. Made for a tasty evening!
Last decent Oysters had I bought at Central Market, and shucked myself.
The first ones were Kumamoto, excellent! Big and juicy, deep cup, lot's of liquor.
The next batch from CM, were Gulf, from La. not as good, (small) but fresh.
I've also had some fair oysters from Fish City Grill, they carry Gold Band Oysters,
which use "High Pressure Processing " link is on Fish City's site.
McCormick & Schmick's, are good but a bit pricey.
Quality Seafood's are passable, and cheap.
I'll have to try Pacific Star soon.
I would not eat Galveston Bay oysters (raw) after March per the experienced Steve that started Steve's Landing restaurant on Bolivar Peninsula. Steve owned his own shrimp boat and two oyster boats, and he would only serve them raw from November to March.
In Austin, Parkside has the best oysters I have had in a long time.
Try Sam's Boat in North Austin. It's right off Mopac on Braker. From 3 to 7, oysters are $0.50 each. I've been going for the last two weeks.