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Delicious, but neither fried nor crazy expensive, Dallas seafood options

mtbwustl Oct 17, 2011 10:59 AM

So I'm trying to give up meat and switch to mostly seafood. This isn't too hard as I cook most of our meals, but I'm wondering what restaurants Chowhounds go to when they want not-fried and not-expensive seafood. We've really enjoyed Dive and Rex's recently, but I'd love some other suggestions. Any thoughts?

  1. irodguy Nov 2, 2011 08:23 PM

    It depends on what type of seafood you are looking for. For whole fish, you won't beat Rex's. For fix tacos, blackened trout, shrimp... Fish shack in Plano. The grouper at flying fish is also worth mentioning.

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      kel Oct 29, 2011 05:55 PM

      I am not suggesting, but asking: would Red Lobster be even a consideration?

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        mtbwustl Oct 30, 2011 08:17 AM

        I try to avoid most, if not all, chains. But I'll ask -- does RL offer something yummy and healthy that could get me to change my mind?

        1. re: mtbwustl
          twinwillow Oct 30, 2011 09:43 AM

          I'd definitely skip Red Lobster and opt for Pappadeaux (Oak Lawn). No comparison. Fresh lobsters at the same price and all around superior food, ambience, service, and bar.
          They offer a very comfortable outside patio, too.

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        RobbnTX Oct 18, 2011 03:29 PM

        Rockfish, on Coit and Campbell is fairly good, I eat in there often for lunch. It is a step up from Aw/Big Shucks, but don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of Big Shucks and eat at their location on Coit and Belt Line as least as often as I am in Rockfish that up the road.

        Rockfish also has a location in McKinney off of 75 (Central Expressway) and one in Plano but the one in Plano is small and usually crowded., located in a shopping strip off of Park between Ohio and Preston.

        In addition I really like Fish Shack in Plano on the east side of 75 on 15th St. compares to Big Shucks in feel, in fact I think it may be a bit better IMO. Also Fishmongers in Plano is worth a try but I like Rockfish better.

        Half Shells also has a location in Plano at the Legacy Town Center by the Tollway, BTW they are a part of the Fish City Grill chain.

        Big Shucks
        103 S Coit Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

        Fish Shack
        700 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074

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          Emailfemale Nov 2, 2011 07:10 AM

          I am fond of Rockfish and Big Shucks as well. We recently have started going to Soulfish Grill at Campbell and Plano in Richardson. They have Bacon-wrapped Shrimp and Charbroiled Oysters on halfshell, as well as the usual items found at a seafood restaurant. Small place, but good. They are too new to have a website with menu working yet. It isn't a chain.

          Big Shucks
          103 S Coit Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

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            twinwillow Nov 2, 2011 08:54 AM

            Had dinner at Big Shucks last night for my annual "fryathon". Shrimp, oysters and catfish. Soooooooooo good. And, THE VERY BEST tarter sauce and French fries in Dallas!

            Big Shucks
            6232 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75214

            1. re: twinwillow
              mtbwustl Nov 2, 2011 05:23 PM

              I would be so happy to have a fryathon. But since I once made a habit of that weekly instead of annually, I won't be having anything from my favorite food group for a while. If that should ever happen again, I'll take your advice and do it at Big Shucks.

              Big Shucks
              103 S Coit Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

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          thebeanfield Oct 18, 2011 01:45 PM

          The Seafood Shack for big bowls of steaming fish soup.

          Seafood Shack
          11625 Webb Chapel Rd, Dallas, TX 75229

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            mtbwustl Oct 18, 2011 01:43 PM

            All of these recs are great...thank you!

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              CocoaNut Oct 18, 2011 10:41 AM

              Aw/Big Shucks (multiple locations) has a grilled fish of the day special for @ $10.

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                sike101 Oct 18, 2011 08:44 AM

                The Flying Fish has good grilled fish, especially the snapper and grouper, at a very reasonable $10-12. The Preston Center location stays pretty busy so they have high turnover and the fish is always fresh.

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                  dalcook Oct 17, 2011 09:39 PM

                  Bolsa in Oak Cliff usually has two fish selections on the dinner menu - $20 to 24 - we've never been disappointed with the selections. Bolsa also has a mussels dish every night. Half Shells in Snider Plaza has very reasonably priced grilled and sauted fish on the special list every night. Neither takes reservations but since we go on weeknights (not Fridays) we've never had a problem getting seated.

                  I've been to Rex for lunch and dinner - agree it's good but the service has been rather scattered each time. My favorite - even with the slightly longer drive - is Bolsa.

                  614 W Davis St, Dallas, TX

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                    CocoaNut Oct 17, 2011 11:31 AM

                    S&D Oyster Company has some broiled options. Last time I went, the dinners were around $20-25 as I remember - it was about a year ago. The only drawback is that they use a good amount of butter in broiling, so I'd call ahead and ask if they could omit that little fat-factor. http://sdoyster.com/DNN/Default.aspx?...

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                      twinwillow Oct 18, 2011 02:31 PM

                      Hook, Line and Sinker does a nice piece of salmon on the grill.

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