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Any Good Seafood in Austin?

mustardgirl Apr 21, 2009 09:04 AM

looking for suggestions for moderate to cheap seafood places- New England "style"

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    zebcook Apr 24, 2009 06:13 AM

    Having lived up in Boston, you're not going to find any cheap NE-ish seafood places here. However, a Mexican mariscos restaurant might make an interesting alternative. (Unfortunately, I haven't been to any here in Austin yet so I can't provide a recommendation.)

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    1. re: zebcook
      bloody hammer Apr 24, 2009 04:43 PM

      the seafood that i miss (with all my heart) is that "Calabash" style you find on the east coast around NC/SC.

      leaving the east coast i had no idea how much i would end up missing those "captain platters" that i could order any day of the week on every other street in town.

      something as simple as the fried flounder.... i really do miss it.

      1. re: bloody hammer
        stephanieh Apr 25, 2009 08:54 AM

        Oh god yes... Calabash style is the best!!! Had it on vaca several years ago and it's one of my most memorable vacation food experiences. Wish we had something like that closer. Sigh.

        I do enjoy the fried seafood platter at Razzoo's. Their catfish, shrimp, and crawfish are all seasoned a little differently, so I like that there's a little variety. It's not on the level of Calabash, though.

        1. re: stephanieh
          bloody hammer Apr 25, 2009 12:24 PM

          I'll have to check out the seafood platter at Razzoo's..... although, it always cracks me up to find catfish and crawfish on a "seafood" platter..... LOL

          1. re: bloody hammer
            stephanieh Apr 26, 2009 12:40 PM

            Too funny! I can't believe I've never "caught" that before.

            If you do go to Razzoo's, make sure to get the fried alligator app as well. It's really good.

          2. re: stephanieh
            danny_w Apr 26, 2009 04:47 PM

            Where is there still a Razoo's in Austin? The one on 183N closed several years ago. Is there another one? There are none listed on their website.

            1. re: danny_w
              missmitzi Apr 27, 2009 01:50 PM

              One just opened up by IKEA. I can't wait to go and have their rat toes.

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                danny_w Apr 27, 2009 02:27 PM

                Thanks! I didn't know about that one. I'll have to try it out next time I'm up that way.

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        neverded Apr 22, 2009 10:54 AM

        New England style clam chowder is a milk or cream based chowder while New York or Manhattan style has a clear tomato based broth. There's Joe's Crab Shack, Lighthouse Oyster Bar and Grill in Wimberly, Boathouse on 620, Mariscos Grill, MariscosTampico and Mariscos Seafood for Mexican style and then there's always Red Lobster...

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        1. re: neverded
          rajat Apr 22, 2009 01:43 PM

          New York style clam chowder, or what is more commonly known as Manhattan clam chowder, is apparently a variant created by fishermen immigrants from Portugal to Rhode Island who wanted more taste than the milk or cream-based chowder. Personally, I agree with the Portugeese fishermen; I think the tomato based broth has more taste.

          1. re: rajat
            TroyTempest Apr 23, 2009 07:23 AM

            nevered and rajat,
            Thanks but, I know what NE style clam chowder is and Manhattan, New York, etc.. The OP wanted to know about a NE style seafood place, which you assumed is a place that serves NE style clam chowder.
            Somehow I don't think that is what she really meant, but since i've never been to NE I don't know for sure.

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          mustardgirl Apr 21, 2009 06:35 PM

          Perla's is opening How is their food and prices?
          What about alligator grill on s.lamar

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          1. re: mustardgirl
            TroyTempest Apr 22, 2009 09:50 AM

            I'll ask again, mustardgirl, What do you mean by New England style. Whatever it is, I'm sure Alligator grill isn't it. It's more like cajun style.

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              bloody hammer Apr 24, 2009 04:44 AM

              LOL @ Alligator Grill being like cajun style.

              "like" being the operative word.

            2. re: mustardgirl
              amykragan Apr 22, 2009 09:51 AM

              Just had them send me the menu since it's not on their site yet.
              Seems a bit pricey -but the portions may be large
              Perla’s Seafood and Oyster Bar

              Sandwiches-Served with Shoestring Fries or Daikon Slaw
              Soft Shell Crab BLT, Lemon Mayo, Toasted White 12
              Pan Fried Alaskan Cod, House Tartar, Ciabatta 16
              Lobster Roll, Bibb Lettuce, Drawn Butter 25

              Texas Bouillabaisse, Saffron Rouille, Grilled Bread 24
              Crispy Snapper, Lemon Spinach, Sofrito 23
              Pan Roasted Halibut, Local Peas, Bacon, Parsley Butter 25
              Griddled Striped Bass, Figs, Carmelized Endive, Arugula 21
              Grilled Tasmanian Salmon, Charred Tomato Olive Oil, Pea Shoots 18
              Grilled Rare Ahi Tuna, Jicama, Serrano and Cilantro Vinaigrette 25
              Pan Roasted Local Chicken, Yukon Gold Griddle Cake, 18
              Pan Seared Hanger Steak, Shoestring Fries, 20
              Grilled Prime Strip Loin & Gulf Prawn 32

              Market Seafood
              Steamed Alaskan Halibut 22
              Oak Grilled Whole Loup de Mer 25
              Pan Roasted Tile Fish 21
              Maine Lobster Thermador 45

              Wood Grilled Asparagus with Hollandaise 6
              Fried Okra with Remoulade 6
              Wood Grilled Brussels Sprouts 6
              Cold French Beans with Anchovy Vinaigrette 6
              Creamed Wood Grilled Corn off the Cobb 6
              Toasted Garlic Sauteed Spinach 6
              Steamed Artichoke with Drawn Butter 6

              Shells & Cheese 6
              Wood Grilled Idaho Potatoes with Sauce Romesco 4
              Shoestring Fries 6 Steamed Organic Jasmine Rice 4
              Lobster Stock, Cheddar, & Green Onion Grits 8

              Cold Bar
              Half Dozen Half Shell with House Crackers and Good Condiments
              Fresh Horseradish, Mignonette, & Cocktail Sauce
              Spicy Peel and Eat Shrimp with Escabeche 12
              Oyster Shooter: Tito’s Vodka, Horseradish, Bloody Mix, Lime 6
              Perla’s Grande Platter 75
              Perla’s Poco Platter 45
              Little Wings 12
              Hama Hama 12
              Umami 12
              Old Salts 12
              Rappahanooks 12
              Littleneck Clams 6
              Razor Clams 12
              Taylor Bay Scallops 12

              1. re: amykragan
                mustardgirl Apr 22, 2009 05:07 PM

                Thanks Amy , Very Helpful. I agree prices are somewhat steep. But worth a try
                Since we are staying in Soco area any other rec's?

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              gulch Apr 21, 2009 06:12 PM

              Perla's on South Congress, just opened and is supposed to be New England style seafood.

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                nyc_girl13 Apr 21, 2009 05:26 PM

                The only seafood place I know of is Truluck's on Colorado St. It is not cheap, though.

                1. agoodbite Apr 21, 2009 02:40 PM

                  Central Texas, especially Austin, is not the place to look for New England "style" seafood since New England is thousands of miles away. If you want to know about decent seafood in Austin, I'm sure the folks on this CH board can help you.

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                    brattpowered Apr 21, 2009 09:43 AM

                    I'm not 100% sure of what you mean by New England "style" either. But Quality Seafood has a lot of the type of fried seafood and raw oysters that I noticed in Connecticut. No New England clam chowder or lobster rolls, though. :(

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                    1. re: brattpowered
                      amykragan Apr 21, 2009 10:01 AM

                      Quality also does pretty decent HH deals from what I've heard

                    2. amykragan Apr 21, 2009 09:38 AM

                      Not sure what you mean by New England Style other than clam chowder. Pacific Star is not fancy at all but cheap eats and large soft shell crab right now.

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