Joe's Crab Shack
600 E. Riverside, Austin, 78704, 512/441-1010
Hours: Daily, 11am-12mid
Broiled, grilled, or blackened seafood platters; cold shrimp by the bucket; and lots of giggling birthday parties are what you'll find here on most nights.
Fresh seafood from Gulf Coast and West Coast waters appears in a variety of enticing forms. Plump Gulf shrimp, arranged on a luxurious pool of silken atole corn sauce, are topped with a crunchy crown of Manchego cheese and herbed bread crumbs, and enlivened by a piquant chile arbol aioli and flavor bombs of grilled cherry tomatoes. But be warned, the dessert menu will leave you wanting more.
1816 S. First, 512/401-3161
You'll find a full range of both fried and broiled seafood in the boat formerly occupied by the Captain's Seafood & Oyster Bar.
5700 N. I-35, 512/452-1417
They say the breading on the fried shrimp is perfect and crunchy, and the boudin sausage balls keep the line of regulars stretching to the parking lot.
1200-D W. Howard, 512/990-8000