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I've looked at all the old posts regarding happy hour deals and oyster specials but since BP I was having a hard time finding any good deals that were still alive.

Can anybody help me find the new happy hour oyster place? Do 50 cent oysters still exist in Austin?

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  1. Gulf Oyster season starts in November. until then, you can probably find (what they call) Blue Points and Malpaqs at Quality seafood for about a buck each.

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    1. re: ieathereforeiam

      I'm confused, are you saying that Quality is mislabelling oysters?

      1. re: brentwood

        No, Quality isn't doing anything wrong. Lots of oysters are called blue points these days. here is a quick read http://www.oysterguide.com/new-discov...

        for the price, they are just fine.

    2. I've been reading the NOLA board about oysters and the situation. I love raw oysters and can eat them as fast as most can shuck them and get them on the plate. Apparently, they say the issue is severely exaggerated, and it's costing unnecessary job loss just due to fear. However, it is not really ideal season for oysters. There are also different seasons for TX gulf oysters, which may be more around Dec. You can get some types of oysters from 'up North,' but the ones I've had were extremely salty and small (like 16 or so fit on a dozen oyster tray). I'd also prefer to support the gulf coast.

      I've personally never seen 50 cent oysters in Austin, but I used to eat 35 cent ones in college in LA. Even before the spill here, I ate ones at $2.00/oyster for appetizers (not raw)!!! Right now, I just either buy them in bulk at Quality Seafood or I eat them at Perla's oyster bar. I find some of my favorite oyster places here either took them off the menu or can't get them consistently.

      I'm sure Perla's will guide you to the best ones, and I think they have happy hour. My husband and I went through 3 trays and a bottle of champagne real fast the other day. But I don't know what they charge for them, it was more about satisfying an insatiable desire for raw oysters.

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      1. re: drdelicious

        drdelicious, when you buy oysters, do you cook them at home or do you prepare them on the half shell? I'm having trouble finding a good way to prepare fried oysters at home. Any suggestions?

        1. re: SantoneBibi

          I do lots of ways. We grill them in the shell, serve them on half shell, Rockafellers, Bienville, oyster & artichoke soup, and on and on. You can fry them either with a seasoned cornmeal or with a flour batter (for poboys) or a combination. Shuck them and drain them. Dip them in an egg wash, then dip them in a mixture of cajun spices, flour and/or cornmeal. Then deep fry them in vegetable oil, take them out once they are golden and season with salt. You can also dip them in the flour mixture, then the egg, then back in the flour mixture too. The most important thing is to keep the oil at 375 and fry in small batches.

      2. Here's some related info about Louisiana and Texas oyster harvesting:

        http://www.robbwalsh.com/2010/10/oyst...

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        1. re: musingegret

          that was interesting

        2. we tried Captain Benny's on 35 a month or so ago. pretty pleased with their oysters on half shell. 9.99 for a dozen.

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          1. re: NirvRush

            I've had decent luck with their oysters as well. They're nothing fancy, but the food is well prepared, inexpensive and pretty good, as simple as it may be. Make sure to sit at the bar; the people-watching is absolutely priceless.

          2. Parkside has an excellent oyster platter on HH, regularly $28, but 1/2 off from 5-7. We were in NOLA in August, and while I know it isn't oyster season yet, we had some at Acme (gross tourist trap- never again). Not sure where they got em but they were flavorless. I just piled on the horseradish-laden cocktail sauce. The shells were muddy and gritty and got mixed in w/ the oysters too.

            The Parkside oysters on the other hand were amazing. Creamy, blooming flavors (one type had a melon-ish finish), shipped in daily. You get a dozen, four of each kind: some from Nova Scotia, Rhode Island and I forget the other one. (I love that the shells were immaculate.)

            This was our first time at Parkside, btw, and it's my new favorite place. We got four things off the HH Menu, cocktail and a beer, and dessert for under $55.

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            1. re: tokyomonamour

              muddy, gritty shells are my oyster platter pet peeve! ew.

              1. re: tokyomonamour

                I always thought crawfish were supposed to be gritty and muddy until I moved here...

              2. Oysters become sweeter as the water temp drops. I would wait till we get some cold weather.
                Last year Pappadeaux's was offering a dozen fresh Gulf oysters for $3.95. By far the best deal in Austin. After the BP mess we will see if they do it this year.
                If you want to know where the oysters are from ask to see the bag tag. Many times they are not
                as advertised. Quality has been known to say the oysters are from Louisiana when in fact they are from Galveston Bay.
                Last year my friends and I ate a ton of oysters at Pappadeaux's. Wait a bit and keep your eyes open.

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                1. re: JackWood

                  Pacific Star way up on 183 for Austin's best fried gulf oysters, & dependable in-season raw gulf oysters. Parkside (esp. on half-priced-oyster Weds) for upper-Atlantic oysters. A great way to get educated on the wonders of varietal oysters, ie, those from various locales. But don't miss Pacific Star for Gulf ersters!

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                  Pacific Star Restaurant & Oyster Bar
                  13507 N Highway 183, Austin, TX 78750

                  1. re: stellawine

                    Pappadeaux's is offering a dozen oysters on the half shell for $6.95 a dozen. I had 2 dozen today. Excellent taste fresh from Galveston Bay. The special runs thru Dec. 12. The Texas oysters are looking good. The BP spill has put many Louisiana oyster beds out of production. The Texas oysters may run out by Christmas.
                    Skip the line, sit at the bar, tip the shucker (Jose is the man) and let the good times roll.

                    1. re: stellawine

                      I never heard of this place and was looking for someplace to have dinner tonight. I will most definitely give them a try! Thanks!

                      1. re: danny_w

                        My gf and I ate there tonight and I must say I will definitely be back! She had the dozen fried oysters and I had the whole fried catfish. Both were very good and so many other things on the menu looked very enticing too. Thanks stellawine for bringing this place to my attention!

                        1. re: danny_w

                          You got it! Any time!

                      2. re: stellawine

                        Love Pacific Star! $8.99 for a dozen, fresh & chillin' on ice. Also on Wednesdays, the Grille at Rough Hollow near Lakeway has a dozen for $9.99 and an awesome view of Lake Travis.

                      3. re: JackWood

                        $6.95 this year

                        1. re: JackWood

                          Papadeaux's is doing the oyster special right now through next week.

                          1. re: JackWood

                            We went last night to Papadeaux's in search of good oysters. The food there was excellent, but it took nearly 45 minutes to get a dozen oysters! They got to the table long after the soup course and entrees.

                            Apparently they have two shuckers working that big restaurant, and if a large party comes in with a hunger for oysters before you do, fuhgeddabouddit. I will say that the oysters were very tasty.

                          2. The oysters are excellent at Pappadeaux's. At 6.95 a dozen the best deal in town.

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                            1. re: JackWood

                              been eating them at lunch at captn bennys. about the same price. Seems like a pretty good early harvest this year too. plump and tasty.

                              1. re: ieathereforeiam

                                Quality Seafood has definitely upped their oyster game post-BP oil spill. I went with my oyster-loving family this week and they had 6 different oysters to choose from: the Gulf (san antonio bay), Virginia, Connecticut (Blue Points), Washington State, and PEI (Malapeques). They ranged from 11.99/dz to 14.99/dz -- and they threw in a few extras to boot. Love that place.

                                1. re: abd

                                  that is great news. West coast oysters are a treat here in texas.

                                  1. re: abd

                                    Did you buy them by the case or eat them there?

                                    1. re: drdelicious

                                      I eat them there.

                              2. I spoke with Pappadeaux yesterday and they have received their fresh Gluf Coast oysters...$6.95 a dozen. and, Yes, they are good.

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                                1. re: SLadd

                                  They are good, we had them yesterday. I think, however, that this promotional price is good only until December 12th. $4.95/half $6.95 dozen

                                  1. re: Rene

                                    the website does say it's a promo price until 12/12.

                                    1. re: dinaofdoom

                                      Nice to be right... thanks dinaofdoom.

                                      1. re: Rene

                                        Captain Benny's has Galveston Bay oysters for $5.99 a dozen. $4.99 a dozen
                                        during Happy Hour. Very fresh and tasty.

                                2. 34 replies and nobody's mentioned Perla's yet? Seriously? Check out this clip from Anthony Bourdain's take on the Austin culinary scene last spring
                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eBwy8...

                                  I'm sure they have the best oysters and shellfish in town

                                  because it was convenient to where I used to live, a few years ago I would get oysters at Alligator Grill (nothing special)--but they closed down about 6 months ago (had one of the worst working environments in town, according to my sources)--now a Sherlock's Pub is going in there...

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                                  1. re: taliesin15

                                    Perla's offers oysters at $13.50 and up for a half dozen. All from out of state. Gulf oysters are in season now and available. Texas produces some great oysters and they are a bargain at the moment.

                                    1. re: JackWood

                                      irregardless of point of origin, I should say at this juncture for those who don't know, the perfect pairing with Oysters, especially Raw Oysters, is a Stout or Porter--especially if it is a dry/savory Stout/Porter like Guinness--some also eat them with Champagne, but I think Stout works better (and there's an old history of this in the UK)...