Austin You're a grown up now, and because that means you'll have to expand your knowledge of seafood beyond fish sticks, we've put together a hit list of spots in town whose raw oyster programs are doing it right. Now, grab a date -- because you're going to be feeling frisky after this sampling -- and get to know the difference between a slippery snack from Prince Edward Island and one from Washington. The world (or at least Austin) is your oyster!
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Parkside (info and address) Sixth Street Parkside is nestled amongst the chaos of Dirty 6th, but walk in and you'll find one of the best and most sophisticated happy hours. This includes not only deals on signature cocktails, but also on their raw oyster platters. Everyday from 5-6:30pm, the oyster platter is half price, which comes out to just 16 clams (pun kind-of intended). They always have fresh, juicy, East and West Coast varieties and don't mind mixing it up for you.
Clark's Oyster Bar (info and address) West Sixth While not a cheap option, this West 6th spot is the best option, in our humble opinion. Perfectly balanced cocktails, impeccable service, and a spot-on large variety of East and West Coast oysters ranging from delicate and creamy to briny and complex make Clark's a definite standout. Their daily 3-6pm happy hour includes 50 cents off oysters and drink deals like $5 martinis (Mon-Fri) and half off bottles of wine on the weekends!
Hillside Farmacy (info and address) East Austin Slink past the tragically hip, sunglass-wearing patio-people and step into the lovely Hillside Farmacy. This bright East Side 1920s pharmacy-themed restaurant is serving a rotating selection of East and West Coast oysters along with their farm-fresh local menu. Show up on a Monday after 5pm and they'll hook you up with half-price, East Coast oysters and $5 glasses of cava (that's fancy talk for Champagne).
Foreign & Domestic (info and address) Hyde Park This tiny, former Austin-Homebrew-cum-skate-shop is as known for Chef/owner Ned Elliot's locavore menu as they are for their weekly oyster deal. Patrons flock to F&D for Dollar Oyster Tuesdays which feature a rotating selection of East Coast goodies. Bonus: $5 for either a F&D Summer Sangria or "The Golden Bear" (tea, Sherry, lemon, and tarragon).
Quality Seafood (info and address) Airport Blvd Forgo the fluff and head over to Quality Seafood where freshness and quality (who knew?!) take center stage. These guys not only provide wholesale seafood to many local restaurants but they're cooking up amazing food of their own -- or shucking if you go for oysters. The selection varies by season but you're guaranteed super fresh oysters and an entire menu of their grilled and seasoned style.