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Quick rave - Palacios Tx Bay City Seafood Restaurant

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Quick rave - Palacios Tx Bay City Seafood Restaurant

bb | Feb 26, 2006 05:57 PM

Stumbled across this place (located, I think on Henderson / hwy 35) just east of the High School (Go Sharks!)
I can't find mention of it online so I suspect a new venture and well worth encouraging if so. The building however looks "lived in" so not sure what the story is. Noticed that the entire Palacios PD (at least 2 officers/cars) were there so how bad could it be!? Actually the seafood was great. I started with seafood gumbo. It was a "gumbo verte" that authentic but different style of green gumbos heavy on parsley, celery, and another herb/spice I could not quite put my finger on ~ hint of anise perhaps. A very nice flavor with plenty of seafood. The medium size was plenty big, not the measly cup of some places. The large must be "filling." Perfectly cooked rice was served on the side (a nice touch, again as most places I know the small gumbo comes with rice already in the brew). Interestingly they had that Sriracha Vietnamese hot sauce on the tables, versus Tabasco although that was available. For mains my wife had something I would totally recommend, the GRILLED seafood platter. Shrimp, oysters, catfish and scallops beautifully grilled (a hint of smoke even?) and leaving things in a superb state for the fish to shine through. I "borrowed" an oyster and promptly wished I had ordered the same thing. That's not to say my
"6-6-6" was not devilishly good in its own right. 6 jumbo shrimp, 6 fried oysters and 6 crawfish tails (very approximate, I counted a lot more than that) fried seafood selection, with the frying done just perfectly. Fries again, perfection. My wife's grill came with dirty rice, which she proclaimed superior. The whole place was utterly spotless (a nice thing in a seafood place always) and service friendly with perhaps just that overtone of nerves brought about by recent opening (again this is pure surmise, perhaps someone can confirm or let us know this place has quite possibly been here for years?)
I will return here and it deserves to pick up a following I think. The seafood gumbo lives on in the memory, which is quite unusual and the grilled stuff may be the standout.
By all means check it out but as I say I cannot find it on-line so the best I can do are the directions above. It does not even appear to be in the phone book. Another giveaway is that they are advertizing they've applied for a liquor licence and in fact fyi in the meantime they say you are welcome to byo.
Palacios is not exactly huge so if coming from el Campo direction make a right on 35/Henderson and you will see it on your left (south side). If you pass the school heading west you've gone too far.

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