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Jan 30, 2010 08:19 PM

Where's your favorite fried seafood served in the Dallas area.

I'm addicted to the fried catfish, oysters and shrimp at Big Shucks on Mockingbird Avenue. Also, their tarter sauce is killer!
The fried catfish at Celebration isn't too shabby, either.

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  1. My favorite fried catfish can be found at Top Cat (my favorite now is the Lemmon location ever since the Forest one moved down the block). They also have fantastic, and cheap, gumbo.

    1. I enjoy Pappadeux's for fried soft shell crab and the venerable S&D Oyster Co for fried oysters and shrimp. I'm not a fan of fried fresh water fish so I'm out on the catfish.

      And as an added bonus, Pappadeux's now has oysters on the half shell for $3.95 a dozen.

      Flying Fish in Preston Center serves decent fried fish as well.

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      1. re: Scagnetti

        +1 to S&D's barely battered shrimp and oysters.

        1. re: Scagnetti

          Pappadeaux's fresh oysters are, killer! And, soooo cheap! I also like S&Ds' fried seafood as well.

          1. re: Scagnetti

            S&D is the greatest but I do loves me some Big Shucks.

          2. Try Sea Breeze in Plano. Everything is super fresh and really delicious. Not a fancy place, but they know how to do it right. Great fish and chips and wonderful clam chowder. Crab cakes are awesome too!

            1. I've never been to Sea Breeze but I've heard great things about them. Including that they are supposed to make an incredible lobster roll. Arguably, the best this side of Maine.

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              1. re: twinwillow

                If that's true then the lobster roll is one highly overrated sandwich.

                1. re: luniz

                  Was at Sea Breeze fairly recently and ordered the lobster roll. The roll has shrunken and the price increased. It was simply ok, the roll was nice and buttery, but not sure I would order it again. More mayo laden than it needed to be. Perhaps another visit might prove differently.

                  Otherwise, some nice selections at Sea Breeze. Would still order fresh seafood for home use at TJ's. Better selection and better prices.

                  1. re: luniz

                    Unfortunately, Sea breeze seems to have gone downhill somewhat over the last year.
                    The lobster roll is not at all what it used to be. Salads are good, though.

                    1. re: luniz

                      I believe it is a highly overrated sandwich, luniz. My father on a recent trip to New England tried the lobster roll at Red's Eats in Wiscasset (supposedly the birthplace of the lobster roll) and again tried it at Seabreeze and thought it was practically the same. He said there just wasn't much to the sandwich and couldn't really see what the hype was all about.

                      I tried once in Las Vegas and again at Seabreeze. Lobster on buttered roll does not equal a great sandwich to me. Perhaps some bacon, lightly smoking the lobster, some kind of veggie paring? I don't know it just needs a kick!

                      Twinwillow, are you throwing say a Thai fried fish at Jasmine, Catfish flake salad at Bankok Orchid in Irving, Sichuan Fried Fish at Sichuanese in Plano, Fried Fish Masala at Al Markaz and tempura into this fried seafood category?

                      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                        Fried Catfish at Aw Shucks on Greenville.

                        1. re: J.R.

                          Also add in fried catfish at Saigon Block.

                          I have seen that fried fish platter at Inca's Cafe mentioned by irodguy and it's proportionally epic. If I remember the menu correctly, majority of the seafood entrees are fried. Looking forward to warmer temperatures and trying out their seabass ceviche too.

                          Gotten to try Otaru's tempura a few times lately and it's been consistently good. I usually go for the fresh sushi offerings but I'll sometimes be dining with a friend who goes for a bento so I've gotten to try it several times. Batter isn't dripping with grease and has a nice crispy texture.

                        2. re: LewisvilleHounder

                          'Hounder, as the topic states, "where's your favorite fried seafood served in the Dallas area"? I'm open.
                          Btw, it was nice to see you and your beautiful better half again the other night.

                          1. re: twinwillow

                            grrr... I don't get the good invites. Was hoping to meet the twin.

                          2. re: LewisvilleHounder

                            Surprised no one has mentioned Hook, Line, and Sinker for cornmeal breaded fish. I personally prefer this style compared to flour. I like their whole fried catfish.

                            I also really enjoy Vietnamese whole fried fish (served with rice paper to make it into rolls, herbs, fish sauce, and hot sauce). Oishii in Dallas makes a good one - I believe they use red snapper - just ask for it "Vietnamese-style."

                            1. re: Webra1

                              I live very close to Hook, Line, and Sinker and eat there every so often. But what make me go to Big Shucks more often is their tarter sauce. It's much better than at HL&S.

                        3. re: twinwillow

                          I had the lobster roll & wasn't wowed.

                          I like Aw Shucks, and in Fort Worth, Zeke's.

                          1. re: foiegras

                            I like the whole catfish at Shuck and Jive. Large and over hangs the basket.

                            1. re: foiegras

                              Zeke's is very good - even IF their tarter is mustard based - the fish and chips will easily stand on their own. Catfish is excellent also, although catfish is fresh water..... not (edible) seafood.

                              Wouldn't suggest Flying Fish in FW, but the Dallas (Preston/NW) loc is passable - so many better places though.

                          2. for something a little fancy, they have a great (according to my friend) fish and chips at The Porch on Henderson. Caveat, and why it's "fancy", is that they use halibut.

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                            1. re: demigodh


                              I have to agree with you on the Fish and Chips at the Porch. Best in town.