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Best place for King crab legs and other seafood options

LewisvilleHounder May 29, 2013 06:52 AM

My brother-in-law has a birthday this coming weekend and he has family coming in town from Lafayette. He loves King crab legs and the rest of the family loves seafood. What are the best options in Austin?

Please tell me there are better options that Joe's Crab Shack!

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  1. amykragan RE: LewisvilleHounder May 29, 2013 07:06 AM

    Red Lobster is better than Joe's. McCormick & Schmick is good, they're offering $10 off on June 16th (not sure why that day).

    Truluck's is also good

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    1. re: amykragan
      PappyAustin RE: amykragan May 29, 2013 07:21 AM

      June 16 is Father's Day.

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        amykragan RE: PappyAustin May 29, 2013 09:25 AM

        that makes sense!

    2. tom in austin RE: LewisvilleHounder May 29, 2013 10:27 AM

      If you require crab legs or claws, you're going to seriously cut down on your options. I've collected some menus for you to peruse. Good luck!

      Decent Austin seafood places (not including sushi or Chinese, which I doubt is what you're after):
      * Clark's http://clarksoysterbar.com/menus/Clar...
      * Perla's http://perlasaustin.com/menus/Perlas_...
      * Quality Seafood http://qualityseafood.files.wordpress...
      * Evangeline Cafe http://www.evangelinecafe.com/menu2.html
      * Justine's http://www.justines1937.com/menus/

      Justine's isn't a seafood place, but fish is the best thing to get there. Actually, a number of other places have solid fish options (Parkside, Wink, Chez Nous, Whole Foods and many more) but they definitely aren't seafood places.

      Decent chains:
      * McCormick & Schmick http://menus.mccormickandschmicks.com...
      * Pappadeaux http://pappaspizza.net/images/dyn/men...
      * Eddie V's https://www.eddiev.com/menu_pdf/8501/...

      If I had one non-sushi, non-Chinese seafood meal to eat in Austin, it'd be Clark's.

      1. rudeboy RE: LewisvilleHounder May 29, 2013 10:50 AM

        Might be fun to do a crab boil or steam at home. I've found that Costco has good prices ($19.99/lb last time), the legs/claws are large, and they seem fresh-flash frozen. Just an idea, but you are probably looking for a restaurant. Crab legs will run you about $50 per serving at McCormick and Schmick, steamed, and they just come with potatoes and corn. Pappadeaux has a large and a small portion.

        Not sure if people from Lafayette will want to go to a down-home place or a fancy restaurant. Tom gave you a good list below. To me, Evangeline cafe is great - the people are from Lake Charles, but it is probably similar to what they get in Lafayette.

        One thing about redfish in Austin - for some reason, not many restaurants serve line-caught. They are usually farmed, or the servers do not know. McCormick and Schmick serves Palacios Texas Redfish, which is from a farm near the coast, but supposedly those are the best.

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          TroyTempest RE: rudeboy May 29, 2013 11:36 AM

          Most states do not allow line or net caught redfish to be sold to restaurants, thanks to organizations like CCA after Paul Prudhome's blackened redfish craze nearly wiped them out. Redfish and speckled trout have gamefish status in Texas, and most of the coastal states, so farm raised are all you will get.
          If they say the redfish are line caught, I think they are probably wrong.


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            rudeboy RE: TroyTempest May 29, 2013 02:10 PM

            Thanks for the information.......I haven't had line caught redfish since I caught one myself and blackened it in a hotel room in Corpus a few years ago. I remember from 1980-85 when "they" limited redfish from 14-16 inches...a real narrow band. My dad and I just fished off a boat, not commercially, and he would gripe about it. Thank god for the organization that you site, because now speckled trout and redfish are plentiful (at least in Baffin Bay). They mentioned "commercial fishing" as being limited.....I wonder if that means you can't sell any line-caught redfish in a restaurant. I'll be on the look.....I have seen "line caught" fresh fish in HEB just recently, but it was steelhead - so that doesn't apply here. Wow, I'm way off the King Crab topic, huh? I'd go to McCormick and Schmick's! Let us know where you do go.

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              TroyTempest RE: rudeboy May 29, 2013 02:54 PM

              Some places in Port Aransas (and i'm sure other places on the coast) will cook your catch for you, so you can bring your redfish there and have them cook it. That may be the closest you could come.
              I'm a blue crab fan myself, king crab not so much. When i really want crab i buy a pint of the jumbo lump crab meat from Quality Seafood and make my own crab cakes, cold lump crab or in a crab salad with remoulade sauce, or sauteed in butter. Decadent.
              I'm from Galveston, my Dad still lives there. So, I also get my fried soft-shell crab fix when visiting there.

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                rudeboy RE: TroyTempest May 30, 2013 09:48 AM

                Speaking of blue crabs - is there any place in Austin that does BBQ crabs? There used to be a place in Sabine Pass that had an all-you-can-eat offering back in the 80s. I think that they were simply sprinkled with BBQ seasoning and then deep fried. But oh man, they were good. And messy. The salt and pepper Dungeness at T&S kinda reminds me of those.

                Which comes to mind - T&S Seafood might be a choice if the family is adventurous and can handle the "rustic" nature of the place. For people that love seafood, it is a great place. Seems like anybody from S Louisiana would love it. I cannot find the menu online for the life of me.

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                  rudeboy RE: rudeboy May 30, 2013 09:56 AM

                  Some pics - Salt and Pepper Shrimp (or oysters?) and one of their Dungeness Crabs.

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                    TroyTempest RE: rudeboy May 30, 2013 10:00 AM

                    Those look good. I still haven't tried T&S. Maybe this will spur me to go.

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                      danny_w RE: TroyTempest May 31, 2013 09:29 AM

                      You should. I just LOVE their salt & pepper shrimp. Matter of fact, that made up my mind for lunch!

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                        luckyfatima RE: danny_w Jun 2, 2013 01:49 PM

                        T&S makes the best salt and pepper soft shell crab! I prefer their batter to other places. The oysters look awesome. I must try that! The crab looks spectacular, too.

              2. re: rudeboy
                James Cristinian RE: rudeboy Jun 8, 2013 03:24 PM

                rudeboy, it is illegal to sell fish caught by recreational anglers, and as TroyTempest noted commercial is no more. I had a fishmonger offer to by some speckled trout from me, but I wasn't selling. I had a limit and was getting some shrimp to go with them. He has rich River Oaks Houston folks willing to pay top dollar.

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                  rudeboy RE: James Cristinian Jun 9, 2013 12:22 AM

                  Good to know, James......I guess I need to get a damn boat and start making fishing trips myself. I was seafood-spoiled growing up......we always had a large deep freezer full of what we caught. My dad and I even had a shrimp net. I remember once hauling in three large ice chests full of shrimp. There's nothing better than a gulf redfish - I'm glad someone had the foresight to protect the species!

          2. slowcoooked RE: LewisvilleHounder May 30, 2013 07:03 AM

            Having heard about Freda's Seafood Cafe for years the lady and I finally tried their sunday brunch buffet for the first time, I think it's 15.95. I too prefer blue to snow crabs. But they had snow crab legs on the line and folks were scarfing them down. I did quite enjoy their steamed spiced peel n eat shrimp, nicely cooked rare prime rib with horseradish sauce, just okay gumbo, very good biscuits, and roll your eyes back in your head white chocolate bread pudding. The fried fish and shrimp I'm certain were from a box, unacceptable. But overall we enjoyed the brunch for its value and standout items. and for that price, heck, all you can eat crab legs and steamed shrimp is almost worth it. 10 bucks extra for all you can drink mimosas.

            1. rudeboy RE: LewisvilleHounder May 31, 2013 07:31 PM

              So.....LewisvilleHounder, what did you decide to do?

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                LewisvilleHounder RE: rudeboy Jun 4, 2013 10:56 AM

                We just decided to make them ourselves and purchased the legs at Costco, a much more cost efficient choice when feeding 10. We also grabbed a few bags of shrimp and mahi mahi filets.

                I appreciate all of your suggestions and have noted them for next year. Looking forward to trying out Clarks. I know they have the same management company as Perla's, which I was not a fan of. Interested to see if there is any difference.

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                  rudeboy RE: LewisvilleHounder Jun 4, 2013 11:15 AM

                  Just out of curiosity, how did Bro-in-Law like the crab legs from Costco? I was just there yesterday, so I checked them out. Normally, there's a stand-alone thing with a guy getting crab legs and dungeness off of ice, but yesterday, they only had cry-o-vac packages in the cooler. Hope it worked out okay.

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