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While Austin is better known for its BBQ and Tacos, the city has recently grown by leaps and bounds with its oyster offerings in recent years. Here are some of our favorite spots:

Clark’s Oyster Bar


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Where: Clark’s Oyster Bar | 1200 W 6th St Austin, TX 78703

Clark’s serves up some of the best oysters in the city. They have a full selection of oysters from the east and west coast. Maine, Massachusetts, Washington and California to name a few. Their oysters are served with fresh horseradish, cocktail sauce and a shallot mignonette sauce. You can order by the oyster (raw) or try the oven roasted golf oysters.

Oyster Specials: 50 cent off oysters Monday through Sunday from 3pm – 6pm


Quality Seafood Market


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Where: Quality Seafood | 5621 Airport Blvd,Austin, TX, 78751

Not only are they a great restaurant for Oysters, they also have a retail/wholesale market so you know you’re being served some of the freshest seafood in Austin. Go for the Texas Gulf Oysters here, they’re driven up from the Texas coast on a daily basis.


Liberty Kitchen



Where: Liberty Kitchen | 507 Pressler St #700, Austin, TX 78703

The Crazy Roasted Gulf Oysters with salt, pepper and butter are a must try if you like your oysters with a char. For raw oysters you’ll find Gulf of Mexico selections  from Texas and Louisiana, and east coast oyster specials of the day. If you like you’re oysters fried try the Oyster Po-Boy, it comes with remoulade and bacon jam on it. (it’s delicious!)

Oyster Specials: 50 cent off oysters Monday through Sunday from 3pm – 6pm


Deckhand Oyster Bar


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Where: Deckhand Oyster Bar | 500 Parker Dr, Austin, TX 78728

At Deckhand you’ll find oysters prepared in many different styles. If you’re looking for traditional shucked oysters they have those, and they’re great. However, where they really shine is their cooked oyster plates.  A local favorite is the La Frontera Oysters, which are broiled with crab meat stuffing, chopped bacon and monterrey cheese. If you’re looking for something uncommon try the grilled Tokyo Oysters, they come with a homemade masago sauce, green onion and mayo.

Monger’s Market + Kitchen



Where: Monger’s Market + Kitchen  | 2401 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Their raw Bar features a rotating selection of fresh oysters, shrimp and crab. One dish we recommend is the MMK baked oysters prepared with taragon, mornary and breadcrumbs. Check out their Wednesday afternoon Oyster Social, not only are the oysters 1/2 off but you’ll also find $5 select wines and additional drink specials.

Oyster Specials: 1/2 Off Oysters on Wednesdays from 3pm – 6pm


Foreign & Domestic


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Where: Foreign & Domestic | 306 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

$1 Oysters on Mondays! Do we need to say any more? They’ll normally have a selection of at least two different kinds of east coast oysters. If you have someone in your party who doesn’t dig seafood that’s okay, they also have a special fried chicken dinner plate available on Mondays as well.

Oyster Specials: $1 east cost Oysters on Mondays

Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar


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Where: Perla’s | 1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX

At Perla’s, you’ll find a wide selection of raw oysters and cooked oysters. Whether it’s raw oysters from Prince Edward Island or Wood Grilled Oysters with Creole Tomato Butter they have it. If you’re looking for something a little more daring, try the Oyster Shooter, it’s made with Tito’s vodka, horseradish, bloody mix and lime.

Oyster Specials: $.50 cents off Oysters Monday to Friday from 3pm – 6pm






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Where: Parkside | 301 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

You can’t beat their half off happy hour special, for $16 you’ll get a chef’s choice oyster platter. Here you’ll find oysters from Virginia, Rhode Island, British Colombia and beyond.

Oyster Specials: $16 Oyster Platter (reg. $32) Monday to Friday 5pm to 6:30pm


Cover photo courtesy of A Taste of Koko


Hyatt Regency Thanksgiving Brunch:


If you’re looking for a memorable Thanksgiving feast, look no further. The Hyatt Regency sits right on Town Lake and provides picturesque views of downtown Austin. Don’t forget the camera.

They’ll have a large gourmet buffet with carving stations and desserts for days. They’ll also have mini pumpkin decorating, a family photo booth, and other fun activities.

10:30am – 2:30pm (last seating)

$ 65 (plus gratuity & tax) for adults, $30 for children, kids under 5 are free

To make reservation call Laura Weldon  512-480-2035 or email

24 Diner Thanksgiving Dinner :

Join 24 Diner for a traditional holiday meal or any of our menu offerings!

Thanksgiving Dinner includes:
Brined & Roasted Turkey Breast
Turkey Leg Confit
Beeler’s House-Cured Ham
Gravy & Cranberries

Choice of Two:
Traditional Dressing
Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Bacon-Braised Collard Greens
Brussels Sprouts

Pumpkin Pie

$29 | No Reservations

Café No Sé :


Café No Sé will offer a variety of housemade pies for the Thanksgiving holiday. Pumpkin, apple, and chocolate bourbon pecan pies created by South Congress Hotel Executive Pastry Chef Amanda Rockman. They will be available for pre-purchase November 2-22. Orders can be picked up at Café No Sé between November 23-25, just in time for Thanksgiving.


Garbo’s To-Go Thanksgiving Dinner :

Garbo’s announced that they will be offering delicious Thanksgiving to-go lobster dinners. The meal, perfect for two people and easy to cook at home, is $150, excluding tax, and is a mouth-watering alternative to the traditional turkey dishes.

The meal includes:

  • Two (2) two-pound whole live lobsters
  • Two (2) cups of clam chowder
  • Fish dip with crackers
  • Two (2) delicious Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Orders are now being accepted and must be placed by Friday, November 20. The order pick-up will be at the Garbo’s brick and mortar on Wednesday, November 25. Place your order today by calling (512) 350-9814

Independent Brewing Friendsgiving (November 21st) :

Share the love, and your canned foods! Bring two non-perishable foods for the Capital Area Food Bank and get a free Hop Brownie brownie.

Join them for live music by Howdy Darrell and Jimmy Deveney, great food and, of course, enjoy the BEST craft brew Texas has to offer! Invite your friends and family for this one-of-a-kind charitable, local holiday celebration. Save the dates and plan on bringing the whole family!

They’ll have the Ginger Armadillo food truck on site serving some Thanksgiving themed food!

Thanksgiving at The Carillon:

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The main menu includes carving stations of Roasted Prime Rib with horseradish cream, rosemary au jus, and assorted rolls or Whole Tom Turkey with breast and dark meat, sage pan gravy, and cranberry relish. The Carillon will also offer entrees of Rosemary Grilled Lam Loin with pine nut and apricot marmalade and Organic King Salmon with sun choke, lobster, and watercress.

The restaurant will offer an array of sides including cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, a seasonal vegetable medley, roasted sweet potatoes, and hedge hog mushroom, pumpkin, and pecorino barley risotto.

Dessert options include White Chocolate Bread Pudding, Lemon Meringue Tarts, Mini Dutch Applie Pies, Bittersweet Chocolate Pot De Creme, and more. The Carillon will also offer breakfast, including Crab Cake Eggs Benedict and Pumpkin Bread French Toast, along with cold seafood and charcuterie throughout the day.

Reservations are being accepted now for 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. seatings. Thanksgiving dinner will cost $65+ for adults and $19.95 for kids ages 6 to 12, with kids under five-years-old at no cost. To make a reservation, call (512) 404-3689 or email

Kerbey Lane Thanksgiving Day Fest:

Kerbey Lane Cafe will be serving a Thanksgiving Feast featuring turkey breast with gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, stuffing, yams with maple glaze, cranberry sauce, and a dinner roll for $14.95.

Cliantro Lime:


Cilantro Lime is a local meal-kit delivery service that specializes in delicious ready-to-cook meals for two people (or more). This week and next, they’re providing three Thanksgiving inspired menu options, and they all look delicious. I’ll be “testing” a few of the offerings this week as practice for the big game next Thursday. You can explore their Thanksgiving menu here.

Goodall’s Kitchen Thanksgiving Day Meal:

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Goodall’s Kitchen will be offering a Thanksgiving bistro buffet featuring turkey cotechino, sourdough stuffing, aleppo honey biscuits and caramel apple trifles.

Reservations are now available for the holiday buffet on Thursday, November 26th from 12pm to 8pm at Hotel Ella. Space is limited, so make your reservation now: 

$25/children 12 and under
Price includes non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity are additional.

If you love sushi and you love watching sports (who doesn’t?), Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge is calling your name.

Located off of 183 and Burnet Road, Pacific Rim is the perfect after work happy hour spot, especially if you live or work up North. It’s also Austin’s only yakitori lounge combined with a sports bar, and it offers a variety of different and delicious food offerings.
You’ll find yakitori of all kinds (meat, vegetable, seafood), as well as sushi and sashimi, alongside typical dishes you’d find at a sports bar – mac & cheese, chicken wings etc. Bring your sports-crazed college friends and even your anti-sushi friends, because Pacific Rim’s menu offers something for everyone!
They also have one of the best Happy Hours in town. Check out Tuesday Night Dollar night for a variety of food and drink specials for just $1!
Here are some happy hour highlights that will make your mouth water –

  • Raw and Panko-Fried Oysters
  • Beef, Chicken, Vegetable, Tofu and Pork Skewers
  • Freshly prepared sushi, including Salmon, Tamago, Escolar, Avocado and Kani Sushi
  • Grilled Chicken Wings
  • Savory Kani Fries
  • Tempura Onion Rings
  • Coconut and Tempura Shrimp
  • Sake Bombs and Quail Egg Shooters

Check out Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge this Tuesday, and take advantage of dollar night!

Where: 9070 Research Blvd #305, Austin, TX 78758
When: Tuesdays, 4:30 – close

Last week I was heavily mourning the sudden, unexpected close of St. Philip. However, as with so many things in life it seems as one door closes, another opens.

Pinthouse Pizza is one of those places that my friends up north would rave about, it’s has become their neighborhood hangout. Now that they’ve opened one down south, I get the hype.

First, the atmosphere. It’s fun, it’s chill, it’s easy. Now, the most important part, the pizza. The pizza is amazing. The dough and sauce are made fresh daily. They also have a rotating “Off The Map” Pie each month. I would recommend the pizza rolls as well. The beer list is long, serving an extensive list of both in-house brews and other craft beers.

Also it’s nice to go to a place that parking is NOT an issue!

This is sure to become a new go-to spot for locals.

Pinthouse Pizza
4236 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas


Photo Credit: Pinthouse Pizza Facebook Page

Located on East Cesar Chavez, Monger’s specializes in seafood both from the gulf and beyond. They also have exquisite dishes from dry land as well (try the 44 farms chuck steak), and beer and wine offerings that will enhance any menu selection.


On Wednesdays, Monger’s celebrates an Afternoon Oyster Social. 1/2 Priced oysters are accompanied by $5 select wines and $1 off all drafts from 2-6pm.

When: Wednesdays

Time: 2 pm – 6 pm

2401 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

Gamers, unite – we’ve got the brunch spot of your dreams. The Goodnight will take your brunch activities to a whole new level with free games and $1 mimosas every Saturday and Sunday from 11-4 pm. What kind of games, do you ask? Free bowling, free billiards, free ping pong, free shuffle board, $100 per hour air guitar lessons, AND free karaoke!

Baked Brie

In case you need more convincing to get out of the house on the weekend, The Goodnight’s brunch menu includes this slice of heaven – Biscuits & Gravy Benedict. That’s right, eggs benedict and biscuits and gravy served in one dish.

Shrimp N Grits

Their hearty, brunch menu, paired with $1 mimosas, AND free games make for the perfect way to spend your weekend. For your new brunch spot, check out The Goodnight!

When: Saturday and Sundays
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Goodnight
2700 Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas 78757

Please join us for this inaugural event benefitting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The $100 ticket price includes four courses paired with wine, tax and gratuity. Join us for this fun gathering for a great cause at picturesque Jacoby’s Restaurant and Mercantile over-looking the Colorado River in East Austin.


Jacoby’s is one of our favorite restaurants in Austin, so naturally we’re immensely excited for this event. It’s a place we’ve taken friends and family, and celebrated graduations and birthdays, so we knew it was the perfect location for this special evening.

Course 1:
Delicata Squash
Smoked Pecans, Pepitas, Apples & Frisee

Course 2:
Crispy Duck Confit
Herbed Dumplings, Roasted Peppers, Baby Spinach & Cheddar

Course 3:
Red Wine Braised Jacoby Short Rib
Sweet Potato Gratin, Charred Onion & Bread Crumb

Course 4:
Apple & Fennel Bread Pudding
Poppy Seed Lemon Curd, Walnuts & House Sorghum Ice Cream

Wine Pairing will be announced later this week!

RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends here.

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Garbo’s is hosting a special dinner tonight with Jester King.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with Jester King for this special dinner at our restaurant,” says Garbo’s Owner Heidi Garbo. “Our Executive Chef Mario Fortuna has been innovating incredible dishes to complement Jester King’s beer and couldn’t be more thrilled about this partnership.”


The prix fixe menu will feature six courses, including delectable dishes like Mushroom & Soft Boiled Egg, Shrimp Dumplings, Gyoza & Waffle, Pork Bun, and a Black Sesame Cheesecake, all curated by Garbo’s Executive Chef Mario Fortuna and Pastry Chef Alexandra Lee.

Each course will be paired with one of Jester King’s popular brews, such as the Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Table Beer; Snörkel, brewed with oyster mushrooms; Fen Tao, a barrel-aged wild beer; La Vie en Rose, which is re-fermented with raspberries; Bière De Syrah; as well as Atrial Rubicite.

Seating for the collaborative six-course dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and is $80 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations, please call (512) 350-9814.

When: today, October 13th

14735 Bratton Lane
Austin, Texas 78728

Arro Austin Patio

A Taste of Koko

Where To Eat, Shop, & Play in Austin – A Taste of Koko

Jane is the Editor of Austin’s top food blog, A Taste of Koko, covering the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. She strives to inspire your inner foodie by guiding you to the most delicious finds in the city through mouth-watering food photography. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for her daily finds.

Top picks for brunch, dinner, second big dates, and doughnuts in Austin!


Arro Austin Patio


601 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

With Arro’s new gorgeous outdoor patio and new brunch launch, this French restaurant is my top pick!


10 Austin Restaurants Perfect For That Big Second Date


You’ve made it past that awkward-you’re-not-a-creepy-killer first date and now you’re ready for that big second date. Here are my top restaurants for second dates in Austin.


Unit D Pizzeria

WHERE TO DINNER: Unit D Pizzeria

 2406 Manor Rd Unit D, Austin, TX 78722

🍷🍕 Wine, cheese, & pizza at Unit D Pizzeria, new spot in Austin! See more on A Taste of Koko’s Instagram!


Voodoo Doughnuts



212 E. Sixth St.

Portland’s own Voodoo Doughnut opens in Austin this week at old Bourbon Girl location at 212 E. Sixth St. I got a box of arnold palmer, buttermilk bar, chocolate coconut, maple bar, sprinkle cake, and triple chocolate penetration. Cash only.


Banger's Oktoberfest

LOCAL EVENT: Banger’s Oktoberfest 2015

Come out to Banger’s Oktober 15th through 18th for a weekend packed with more sausage, beer, and polka than you can shake a schnitzel at. Banger’s will be serving our complete menu, in addition to some German specialties.

Special Events:
Thursday, 5:00pm – Opening gun salute
Saturday, all day – Special Oktoberfest edition of Smoke Out Saturday! Live music all day, plus Chef Ted’s house-made sauerkraut bowl with pulled pork and choice of our house-made mustards.
Saturday, 3:00pm – Stein hoist competition
Sunday, 3:00pm – Chicken shit bingo
Sunday, 4:00pm – Closing gun salute

When: October 15 – October 18
Where: Banger’s
Details: Facebook event

Fun Fun Fun Fest is announcing the 2015 festival food, retail, and nonprofit vendors today at NOON at El Chilito. Fun Fun Fun Fest is proud to have El Chilito as the 2015 Taco Cannon partner.

To celebrate, FFF Fest and El Chilito will give out a FREE TACO to the first 100 people from 12PM to 1PM at El Chilito at 1623 E 7th St. To find out more, follow @funfunfunfest on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Free tacos. Today. El Chilito on 7th.

For more fun happening around town this weekend, check out our Weekend Top Picks!

El Chilito
1623 E 7th St.
Austin, TX 78702

Photo Credit: Clair Taus