Any Good Seafood in Austin?
looking for suggestions for moderate to cheap seafood places- New England "style"
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.
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.
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
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
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
Old Salts 12
Littleneck Clams 6
Razor Clams 12
Taylor Bay Scallops 12
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.