Deckhand Oyster Bar
500 Parker Dr., 512/368-3379
Hours: Sunday, noon-10pm, Mon.-Thu., 11am-10pm, Fri.-Sat., 11am-11pm
In far North Austin, a bright orange nautical-clad building hosts Deckhand Oyster Bar, a favorite spot of most anyone who's dined there. The menu is almost exclusively seafood, with a variety of oyster dishes, and a Thai element, including an outstanding Tom Yum soup.
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
When the gang's hungry, take a crowd to eat in or arrange to have them cater your next outdoor fish fry.
11910 Research, 512/258-1853
The menu here is simple: Gulf seafood is boiled, fried, or prepared in authentic versions of Creole and Cajun specialties. Try the soft-shell crab po'boy.
2013 Wells Branch Pkwy. #106, 512/252-7556