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Where are the best priced-right oysters in the Houston area?

chilipup Jan 25, 2011 10:41 AM

I am from all over the Gulf Coast, and oysters on the half shell is my No. 1 "comfort food"...
Ive lived in North Florida and Lousiana most of my years...relocating to Houston/Katy area a few years back.

I saw a post here that recommended Gilhooleys in the Bay area...and sounds like its worth the trip over. Best Ive had since arriving in the area was Christy's on Westheimer...around 10 bucks a dozen but were big, clear, fresh and salty! Worst experience was Captain Tom's in Katy....priced near $5 and....you get what you pay for...not recommended...

Anyone tried Capt Benny's?

Any suggestions and recommendations??? Thanks for ALL replies....Danny///aka Chilipup

Gilhooley's Restaurant
222 9th St, Dickinson, TX 77539

Capt Benny's
222 W Rankin Rd, Houston, TX 77090

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    James Cristinian RE: chilipup Jan 25, 2011 11:56 AM

    I'm sure you checked out Lambowner's post, and maybe mine. Gilhooley's gets their oysters from Misho's, a local San Leon oyster processor, and should be about the freshest around, depending upon availabiity from Galveston Bay. I would ask them to not put ice on the shucked oysters, which for some reason they do. Lambowner also points out that is like a trip to the zoo, I couldn't think of a better description of the place, and San Leon as well, (my brother lived there for two years back in the eighties.) I haven't been to Gillhooley's since pre-Ike (a giant cat 2 hurricane that flattened everything on the Gulf and Bay for 60 miles,) so the Lambster is my most current source. You might also consider buying them in the shell and shucking yourself, but I have found it doesn't really save a huge amount of money, some oysters are bad, or refuse to be shucked. Places to try are the rebuilt stores in Seabrook under the bridge, or Hillman's in Dickinson. As far as Captain Tom's goes, I have never been but found good reviews on B4u-eat, a reasonably reliable local source. One thing about oysters, they are somewhat like brisket, they taste better from day to day, depending upon where they were caught. Also, while some may prefer fatty over lean brisket, with oysters, some prefer small, I love the biggest, saltiest I can get. Oysters are also caught in different bays, and vary year to year, and even month to month depending upon rainfall and temperatures. Ask your shucker where they come from, all bags are tagged by law. As far as Captain Benny's, they had the finest oysters I have ever had, albeit thirty years ago, salty, fat Matagorda Bay beauties. My go to oyster place is the quasi-original Captain Benny's across from the Dome/Reliant Stadium, on South Main. As far as Chrisite's goes, I'm sure they are good, but I can't bring myself to buy ten dollar oysters. By the way I've been going to Christie's since I was a kid back in the 60's.

    Gilhooley's Restaurant
    222 9th St, Dickinson, TX 77539

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    1. re: James Cristinian
      texasredtop RE: James Cristinian Jan 25, 2011 02:49 PM

      Dang it, now I'm hungry for Christie's.

      Try Mardi Gras Grill for oysters. I haven't had them but saw some being brought out and wished I'd gotten them. They looked wonderful. Same at Floyd's in Webster.

      Also, if you like fried oysters, Monument Inn on Battleground Road in Deer Park has great ones.

      Mardi Gras Grill
      1200 Durham, Houston, TX 77007

      Monument Inn Restaurant
      4406 Independence Pkwy S, La Porte, TX 77571

      1. re: texasredtop
        houstontxgirl RE: texasredtop Feb 1, 2011 08:33 AM

        wow, you and I sure do think alike texasredtop!

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          texasredtop RE: houstontxgirl Feb 1, 2011 01:18 PM

          The best oysters I've ever had were the char-broiled oysters at the original Drago's in Metairie, La. If you're ever that way, you've got to try them. They are fabulous! I have been wanting to try Gilhooley's and see how their's compare.

          Gilhooley's Restaurant
          222 9th St, Dickinson, TX 77539

      2. re: James Cristinian
        chilipup RE: James Cristinian Jan 25, 2011 02:52 PM

        Thanks James...for the time you put into that reply! I will definitely put this into my "notes" now on FB!...Danny Crenshaw///

      3. Lambowner RE: chilipup Jan 25, 2011 03:28 PM

        Danton's on Montrose has consistently good oysters, and on Monday nights in their oyster bar, they are 1/2 price or around $6. Last year, Denis on Katy Freeway had 4.50/doz oysters in their bar during happy hour and most Pappas Seafood and Pappadeaux had oysters for $4, but I haven't seen those specials yet this year. I have been intending to try Capt. Tom's, but haven't yet. Maybe I needn't bother. I went to Christi's only once for lunch on a weekday, and we were the only patrons between noon and 1 p.m. The food was truly wretched.

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          Jaymes RE: chilipup Jan 26, 2011 07:34 AM

          We go to Ostioneria Mar Azul at 59 and Bellfort pretty often. It's a Mexican seafood place. They've got oysters at 8.95 a dozen, and my oyster-eating family members say they're consistently great.

          Ostioneria Mar Azul
          10822 W Bellfort St, Houston, TX 77099

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            James Cristinian RE: chilipup Jan 26, 2011 01:59 PM

            Ok folks, I got an unexpected Wednesday evening off, called the wife, and we took one for the team and went to Captain Benny's on 290 just past Mangum.We got oysters on the half shell, of course, for 5.99 a dozen (listed at 9.99 on the on line menu.). They were medium to large, perfectly salty, and delicious. Sanchez, the shucker told me they were Galveston Bay oysters. After a couple dozen, we got a dozen fried. I don't think I've had them fried there before, but they were stellar, right up there with my favorites from Mardi Gras Grill. Lots of people were getting gumbo, which I like for what it is, but that is more like a soup, they don't use a roux. Anyway, 5.99 for great oysters, can't beat it. One warning, they wash the oysters in fresh water after shucking them, depriving the salty liquor, but ask the server for no water and he will do so.

            Mardi Gras Grill
            1200 Durham, Houston, TX 77007

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              Taralli RE: chilipup Jan 27, 2011 03:05 AM

              We went to Benny's on Main on a req from this board last Thanksgiving. The oysters, shucked right in front of me at the bar, were briny, moist & just wonderful, not to mention incredibly reasonable. All the other seafood we ordered was well prepared and tasty. The staff couldn't have been more friendly & helpful.

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                houstontxgirl RE: chilipup Feb 1, 2011 08:31 AM

                I too love love love fresh oysters. Gilhooleys is my all time favorite and as Lambowner said it is like a trip to the zoo! I must like the animals cause I keep going back but I usually get their grilled oysters called "shrimp o hooleys" One of the best deals I have found is at Crazy Allens Swampshack and seafood market in Kemah, right by the bridge. You can get a card on their website which gives you 10% off all your food and drinks, During the week they run specials and one night last week we ate .35 cent oyster and drank .25 cent beer until we popped! BTW I am a fan of the smaller gulf oysters cause they go down so easy LOL

                Gilhooley's Restaurant
                222 9th St, Dickinson, TX 77539

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                  grbroderick RE: chilipup Feb 1, 2011 02:54 PM

                  If you're on twitter, try asking @jgossen where he got the oysters in this pic:


                  made my mouth water, it did!

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                  1. re: grbroderick
                    decklid18 RE: grbroderick Feb 5, 2011 08:05 AM

                    Bummer for us. He harvested those by hand at low tide over in La.

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