The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Seafood Restaurants
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants.
Fried oysters even come on the brunch plates at our No. 1 pick.
10. Tom's Seafood
Who wouldn't want to eat seafood on a giant, fake boat? Tom's is wonderfully kitschy, and we love the place all the more for it. Oysters are fresh, plentiful and cheap and practically beg to be sucked down over happy hour beers, perhaps followed up by a big ol' fried shrimp platter for dinner.
9. Goode Co. Seafood
Photo by Allisen Picos Campechana at Goode Co. Seafood.
No one does mesquite grilling like the Goode family of restaurants. That expert grilling technique means that the grilled shrimp po-boys here are out of this world just by virtue of the flavor the mesquite imparts to the shrimp -- even on those rare days when the bread or fixings aren't top-notch. Campechana is equally good, as are the Gulf oysters on the half shell. I recommend grabbing a seat at the bar in the old train car to watch the speedy shuckers at work.
8. J&J Seafood Market
Photo by Jeff Balke
Like Tom's, this spot gets our vote for some of the best cheap seafood around. But cheap doesn't mean the fish ain't fresh. After all, it's a seafood market first and foremost, with fresh flounder, red snapper, bass, shrimp and scallops on ice. More so, it bustles with eager customers lined up for the exceptional Gulf Coast-style fried fish, shrimp, and oyster dinners and combos. You get a choice of trout, drum, redfish, catfish or tilapia, and a large piece of it with three shrimp and french fries will cost $6.69. It doesn't stop there, with a menu of egg rolls, shrimp fried rice, gumbo, boudin balls and deep-fried everything else. You can watch the fresh fish being cleaned while you wait, and if you want to cook it yourself, there's a huge selection of any seafood seasoning that Texas and Louisiana have to offer.
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