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lexusalhambra Sep 28, 2013 09:54 AM

I LOVE, LOVE Parkside for their Raw Bar menu and Oysters. Tired of driving downtown now that the parking situation has become so hectic. Looking to find some new restaurant choices that deliver the same quality and prices as Parkside. Any recommendations would be much appreciated!

  1. slowcoooked Sep 30, 2013 01:38 PM

    parkside's happy hour (5 - 6:30) oyster platter was fresh and wonderful last night - the lady and I enjoyed 36 oysters (three platters at 14 dollars a dozen) from PEI, malpeques, and some off of the north atlantic coast I can't recall. All were briny, firm, plump, and fresh. At a little over a buck a piece, this is a steal!!! I hear they're similarly cheap all night on Wednesdays. half off all day.

    1. TroyTempest Sep 30, 2013 10:05 AM

      If you just want an Oyster bar that won't wreck your budget, why not try Quality Seafood on Airport. I'll be the first to admit that it's not fancy, but the oysters are fresh shucked and cold. Only beer and wine, though.

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        amykragan Sep 30, 2013 10:14 AM

        Deckhand Oyster bar if you're up in north Austin.

      2. agoodbite Sep 29, 2013 06:23 AM

        While they don't have a full raw bar, Foreign and Domestic is doing dollar oysters on the half shell Tuesday nights. No parking jams that can't be overcome on North Loop.

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          TroyTempest Sep 30, 2013 10:07 AM

          This is good to know. I've been wanting to try it. Now i have even more reason.

        2. slowcoooked Sep 29, 2013 04:52 AM

          I've enjoyed Eddie V's oysters (arboretum) for years.

          1. popvulture Sep 28, 2013 10:04 AM

            Clark's and Perla's are the first that come to mind. Fantastic variety, have always been happy.

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              lexusalhambra Sep 28, 2013 10:09 AM

              Yes, I have been to both. Probably should have mentioned that in my post. Love Perla's for their outside seating.

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                popvulture Sep 28, 2013 10:29 AM

                Hillside Farmacy has an oyster selection, and they also have an oyster happy hour on Monday or Tuesday, I believe.

                At first I was skeptical of this being an attempt for the restaurant to unload not-so-fresh product leftover from the weekend, but I've been told by friends that work there that this is surprisingly not the case.

                Some nice outdoor seating there as well.

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