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qbdave Apr 29, 2011 09:17 AM

Specifically I'm in search of; fried other than catfish(flounder, cod, etc.), oysters / clams on the half shell.
I am a "repositioned" New Englander. Many thanks

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    ieathereforeiam Apr 30, 2011 12:25 PM

    threadgill's has great fried oysters

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      shan Apr 30, 2011 12:52 PM

      I stopped going to Threadgill's for fried oysters after I picked about 5 pieces of shell out of my mouth and was afraid I chipped a tooth. I go to Flying Falafel and Po'Boys on the Drag for my seafood nowadays. They always clean their oysters multiple times and I've never had a problem.

      Threadgills Restaurant
      301 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

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        ieathereforeiam May 1, 2011 07:59 PM

        eh. they give you a huge basket for a relatively low price and if you get some shell every once in a while, that's part of the adventure of oysters i guess.

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      ssouth Apr 29, 2011 06:53 PM

      As mentioned above, I think Perla's and Parkside are good choices for oysters. Pricey, but good. I think Perla's is the most like a New England seafood place in town. In addition, if you're near the Northwest area, you might try Pacific Star. More of an inexpensive, hole in the wall type place.


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        qbdave Apr 30, 2011 07:49 AM

        Many thanks to all. I am in the Northwest and will visit Pacific Star.

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          dinaofdoom Apr 30, 2011 12:20 PM

          pacific star has more of a cajun slant, but it is definitely an inexpensive hole in the wall place.

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            danny_w May 2, 2011 08:06 AM

            And WAY better than Capt Benny's IMHO.

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              dinaofdoom May 2, 2011 09:46 AM

              never been to capt benny's, but after reading their menu it sounds similar.

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                Rene May 2, 2011 09:50 AM

                It is similar and I like both places. I think that Captain Benny's is a funky / fun place to go. It's a boat with a deck and the oyster bar is at an angle like a ramp suggesting a shipwreck. We've been twice for a late Saturday afternoon snack of oysters and beer and had a blast both times.

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        NirvRush Apr 29, 2011 03:21 PM

        in addition to Quality, try Capt Benny's. I don't see clams on the menu, but yummy well-priced half-shell oysters, fried flounder, snapper, tilapia, scallops.


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          qbdave Apr 29, 2011 06:39 PM

          Many thanks for your freedback! I shall make a trip to Quality Seafood...

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            SLadd May 3, 2011 11:57 AM

            Terrible food at Capt. Benny's

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              danny_w May 3, 2011 12:04 PM

              I don't know that I would go that far, but the last time we ate there nobody was really impressed and some mentioned that we should have gone to Pacific Star instead.

          2. dinaofdoom Apr 29, 2011 02:22 PM

            as a former bostonian, i agree with these two posts.
            clams are very hard to find here, but quality seafood will have them.

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              reinadetostones Apr 29, 2011 01:25 PM

              I agree with gilintx, but I think you should check out Quality Seafood. They have fried clams, and although I haven't tried them yet, the people next to us last time were raving about them. They also have fried cod - again, no personal experience - you should search for TAF's thread on fish and chips, there might be a review in there. They do a Saturday special of a whole steamed Maine lobster for $18.00, the oysters are fresh, cold and properly shucked, and it has the feel of a seafood shack.

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                gilintx Apr 29, 2011 09:39 AM

                I can tell you right now that you'll be unsatisfied with the fried fish here. Yes, we can get flounder from the gulf, but there's no cod within the area. If you're interested, we can offer you fried shrimp, but that's not what you're asking for.
                As for half-shell oysters, I would point you to either Perla's on S. Congress or Parkside on 6th. Both have fresh oysters that are shipped in from the coasts. Fresh clams? No idea.

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