Where To Go When You Gotta Have Fresh Gulf Seafood!

Feelin’ some fish? When it comes to finding the freshest seafood possible, you’re in the right place! Texas is home to some of the most amazing seafood restaurants, sourcing the freshest fish right from the Gulf of Mexico!

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Mongers Baked Oysters

At Mongers Market + Kitchen in Austin, seafood supply is all about what’s in season! You’ll find locally sourced red snapper, grouper, and gulf shrimp regularly, but you’ll want to snatch up razor clams, soft shell crabs, and lobster when you see them in their market! Rather dine in? Monger’s features lunch, dinner, a weekend brunch, and happy hours Tuesday through Friday! Enjoy a raw bar packed with oysters [Try their baked version here!], clams, and shrimp or linger on dishes like the Gulf Red Snapper with bok choy and yuzu truffle cream or the grouper and grits, with tasso gravy and soft egg!

Their cool-as-a-coastal-crab chefs shared their BBQ Gulf Shrimp recipe with us–make it tonight!

We were HOOKED (get it?!) when we stopped by Alcomar in South Austin in Season 2! Find mariscos y mas on their menu, like Gulf oysters paired with a lemon, orange, habanero mignonette, and cholula cocktail sauce. Shrimp cocktail goes South of the Border with mango, jicama, and slaw! If you like good Mexican seafood sourced from the Gulf and a good story, watch how three friends brought delicious coastal cuisine to a cozy bungalow in the ‘Season 2’ link above!


Blackened Texas Redfish Sandwich

Be dazzled by Dallas’ long kept gourmet Gulf seafood standby Water Grill! The uptown hot spot, inspired by a refurbished ship, has been serving sensational seafood from all over the world since 1989, but their locally-sourced seafood really satiates! (Like this Blackened Texas Redfish Sandwich that you can make at home!) For perfect wine pairings, look no further than their 500-bottle wine cellar!


Seafood at Reef in Houston is so fresh, it may as well be an actual reef! Bon Appetit named Reef the #1 Seafood Restaurant in all of the U.S.! Iron and Top Chef Bryan Caswell, longtime fisherman, has made a splash in Houston’s culinary scene with 60 different species of seafood from all over the globe, but where the menu really brings it home is in its delicious Gulf gourmet offerings! We were reeled in Season 2, where Chef Caswell showed us how to make his delicious Redfish on the Half Shell: watch it here!

If you’re making a weekend trip to Houston, you can’t miss Caracol! We visited with James Beard Award-Winning Chef Hugo Ortega in our first episode (it’s a good one–watch it here!) Grab a fork for his Ceviche Verde, with lime-cured red snapper and order double of the Ostiones Asados, wood-fired Gulf oysters with chipotle butter!

Gulf Coast

One place that will give you a new appreciation for saltwater sensations is Tommy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, in Clear Lake outside of Houston! Not only is their seafood good — so is their mission! They actually recycle their oyster shells in an effort to rebuild the reef systems in the Gulf! We featured them in Season 1 — check them out here!

San Antonio

Can you really catch delicious seafood inland? Shuck Shack in San Antonio proves you can! Find oysters raw and rockefeller’d at this family-friendly eatery by Chef Jason Dady. Indulge in the Oystah’ Chowdah,’ inspired by the classic East Coast white chowder! And when it’s crawfish season, you’re in for a real treat! (Follow their Facebook and Instagram for updates!)

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