connoisseur BRAGGING BITES
NICK SIMONTE | GOODE CO | AMY SINCLAIR
Most Houstonians who love seafood know about this classic: Goode Company’s killer Mexican Campechana Extra, prepared with Texas love and served in a tall chilled sundae glass. Houston has many great seafood cocktail iterations but this winner keeps you coming back. Perhaps it’s the balanced tomato base, silky and rich with chili sauce, Clamato, Tabasco, lime, chopped green olives, onions, cilantro, fresh oregano, garlic and Anaheim chiles. Also, the glass is absolutely packed with fresh shrimp and crabmeat, which really fills you up. Generous chopped avocado, minced fresh jalapenos, and a mound of tortilla chips take it over the top.
GOODE CO. SEAFOOD HOUSTON 2621 WESTPARK DR. GOODECOMPANY.COM
If you’re a fan of cool, pure and crunchy, dig into the refreshing Seafood Cóctel at Chavez in the Radisson Hotel on Lady Bird Lake in Austin. It’s a great starter on a dinner date and you can’t beat the pretty views in the new restaurant. The oh-sochilled vessel holds prawns, diced cucumber, cilantro, red onion and cherry tomatoes, all drenched in fresh lime juice. The ingredients magically click—even the freshly diced tomatoes exude their juices and mingle with the lime. Each cóctel is made to order and you can taste the freshness. Meticulous with details, chef Cirkiel garnishes with a whole prawn, cucumber balls and scallion ribbons. Ah, paradise found.
CHAVEZ AUSTIN 111 E. CESAR CHAVEZ CHAVEZ-AUSTIN.COM
Not big on red cocktail sauce or a lot of veggies? Seafood cocktails come in many guises including this Jumbo Crabmeat Cocktail that is downright decadent in its naked simplicity. The key is super fresh crabmeat, cooked to perfection and served chilled—but not frigid—in a lovely retro style parfait glass. There’s a bit of showbiz, too. When this beauty is delivered to your table, it is “smoking” with dry ice to give it even more of a frosty effect. Squeeze on some lemon and dip into the opulent and slightly spicy remoulade sauce—or better yet, pour the remoulade over the top and get a little with every bite. It’s heavenly.
OCEAN PRIME DALLAS 2101 CEDAR SPRINGS RD. OCEAN-PRIME.COM
JULY/AUGUST • 2014