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Restaurant Spotlight: Deckhand Oyster Bar

If you are looking for an oyster bar that goes beyond just oysters, try the Deckhand Oyster Bar. Located just off I-35 on Parker Road in northeast Austin, this seafood restaurant regularly serves fare that is a cut above everyone else.

The secret lies in the fishing boat that the owners, the Saybounkam brothers, own that sails out of Rockport. Every oyster that crosses the bar comes from that boat, pulled from the sea that week. A local favorite, fans rave about the freshly shucked oysters and the ice-cold beer served from tap.

However, if you want to stray from the traditional, the Deckhand also offers fresh locally caught snapper, catfish, and flounder entrees. Utilizing their Thai heritage, the brothers infuse the fresh fish with unique and flavorful ingredients.

Dishes with a Twist

The menu is the same whether you visit for lunch or dinner. Start with a fresh spring roll, an herbal taste explosion as you bite into a mint, basil, and cilantro dynamo. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, try the jumpers. These hand battered frog's legs will make you wonder why you have never tried them before. For the main course, there are oysters, served fresh on the half shell by the six or dozen.

However, if you do not like them raw, the La Frontera broiled oysters are a huge favorite. Topped with a crabmeat and bacon stuffing with a hit of Monterrey Jack cheese, these oysters will leave you wondering who ate them all. (Hint: It was you).

If you are craving the freshest and best seafood in the Austin area, you have to visit the Deckhand Oyster Bar. After a night of good food and drink, you will be glad you did. This is a great place to bring a date you are trying to impress.

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