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Any Good Seafood in Austin?

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

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  1. 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.

    1. 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

        Quality also does pretty decent HH deals from what I've heard
        http://www.qualityseafoodmarket.com/

      2. 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.

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

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

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

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              1. re: mustardgirl

                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.

                1. re: TroyTempest

                  LOL @ Alligator Grill being like cajun style.

                  "like" being the operative word.

                2. re: mustardgirl

                  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

                  Plates
                  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

                  Veggies
                  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

                  Starches
                  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

                    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?

                3. 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

                    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

                      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.

                  2. 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

                      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

                        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

                          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

                            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

                            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

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

                              1. re: missmitzi

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