Tucked into a growing development just North of Austin on 620 you’ll find Redfin Seafood Kitchen.
It’s a family owned restaurant concept that aims at bringing quality seafood with a modern twist to patrons served at their beautiful location which offers inside and outside seats, a child’s playscape area, and even holds live music events on their patio.
One of the features of Redfin Seafood Kitchen is their Oyster Bar, so one day Co-Founder Mike McCollum invited me out to get an up-close and personal look at how his restaurant selects, sources, and serves some of the best Oysters in the city.
At any given time, they will have between 8-10+ different types of Oysters. They range from Pacific, and East Coast, and come prepared on the half shell, wood-fire grilled, or grilled.
The lesson was all about the salinity of the oysters, it’s what gives them their texture and flavor. Some are salty and briny, some have a mineral finish. And this was the first time that I had ever sat down and got to learn from someone who clearly has a lot of passion for his business.
It was interesting to try them after getting some pro tips from Mike. I could immediately tell a difference in what I was tasting, and had more of an awareness of the flavor profile that was unique to each type of oyster.
We tried six types of oysters:
- Deep Cove: Known to be medium to high salinity, from Salutation Cove, Canada.
- Beau Soleil: On the smaller side, but right up there with the best of the best, from Miramichi Bay, Canada.
- Malagash: A wild oyster with a mild brininess and complex flavors of wild mushroom, from Malagash Bay, Nova Scotia.
- Rocky Shores: Salty & Briney with a crisp clean finish, from Rocky Bay, Prince Edward Island.
- Hollywood: Subtle minerals with a distinctive smooth and nutty flavor, from Hollywood, Maryland.
- Blue Point: Medium salinity with a pleasant mineral finish, from Long Island Sound, New York.
Raw oysters, in my opinion, are the best. You get to taste all the details and notes of each oyster, maybe a little lemon or horseradish to enhance the flavor. But, swigging back an oyster and getting a big inhale of the ocean is probably one of the best experiences and I highly recommend you do it as often as you can.
Also on their menu are wood-fire grilled oysters topped with herb butter, salsa morita, cilantro, smoked sea salt. And spiced fried oysters with bacon-jalapeno aioli! It all sounds so delicious, doesn’t it?
Good news, on Mondays, they have half off select oysters, and you can check their Facebook for what types they have in the restaurant. They’re open for brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour, and even offer food to-go!
So please go try Redfin Seafood Kitchen the next time you’re in the 620 area, and tell them Dine With Shayda sent you!
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