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Where is the best shrimp cocktail in Dallas/Plano?

jbratone7 May 12, 2008 11:09 PM

Hi ya'll:

I was just wondering, in your opinion, who has the best shrimp cocktail in the FW/Dallas/Plano area? My husband and I tried Pappadeaux on the weekend, but we didn't like the pico de gallo, and the avocadoes that were part of it. We are in search of a more traditional, 1950's style, shrimp cocktail with the horseradish infused sauce. Any good recommendations?

Thank you.

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    chef51 Jun 2, 2008 07:36 AM

    Aw Shucks, hands down

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      margiehubbard May 30, 2008 04:36 PM

      50's style? Go to Kirby's Steakhouse on Greenville Ave. They have this perfect shrimp cocktail with mongo huge, delicious shrimp and the sauce I think of when I think 50's shrimp cocktail. That and an the Tournedos Oscar. Old-school heaven.

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        jbratone7 May 29, 2008 10:31 AM

        Thank you all so much for the great suggestions!!

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          dalaimama May 16, 2008 08:44 AM

          S&D Oyster Company has great shrimp.

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          1. re: dalaimama
            Mister F. May 16, 2008 04:50 PM

            S & D is a good one (try it with their excellent remoulade). I think the best shrimp cocktail is at The Capital Grille. The shrimp are big, fresh-tasting, and cold. They taste like really good Gulf brown shrimp, right out of the water, and they are expertly cooked.

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            Epicurious Esquire May 13, 2008 01:43 PM

            This doesn't directly answer your question, but it comes close.

            If you are ever going to do a horseradish-infused shrimp cocktail at home, get the Cocktail Sauce at Central Market. It may be the best cocktail sauce I have ever tried.

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            1. re: Epicurious Esquire
              The Chowhound Team May 23, 2008 05:07 PM


              We've split a recipe for cocktail sauce to the Home Cooking board:


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              pizzaQTpie May 13, 2008 12:03 PM

              For a traditional one, i'd say Oceanaire. For a Mexican one, like you had I would go for the ones at Big Shucks on Mockingbird or AwShucks on Greenville Ave.

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              1. re: pizzaQTpie
                neverfull May 13, 2008 01:04 PM

                i second oceanaire. the shrimp are huge. their cold seafood tower is really good too.


                1. re: pizzaQTpie
                  irodguy May 13, 2008 03:42 PM

                  Or go to Au Shucks or Big Shucks or several of the other places of that type. Order the steamed shrimp and you basically make your own sauce with the ingredients listed in this thread.

                  1. re: pizzaQTpie
                    LewisvilleHounder May 14, 2008 08:19 AM

                    I would also have to third the rec for Oceanaire. Shrimp are huge and the sauce is just what you are looking for. Of course you could probably make your own with larger shrimp, a bit spicier sauce and not break the bank. I happen to love horseradish so my cocktail sauce is more horseradish than ketchup.

                    1. re: LewisvilleHounder
                      Epicurious Esquire May 14, 2008 02:53 PM

                      Next time you make a batch, I want some!! I love me some horseradish!

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