I was born and lived in New Orleans. The seafood Gumbo at now Captain Benny's is the absolute best in Austin. They have numerous choices of appetizers from several types of oysters, delicious shrimp diablos (wrapped in jalapenos then bacon and fried) all the way to alligator. All the fried dishes...shrimp, oysters, catfish, etc. are all in a delicious lightly breaded cornmeal coating. The whole fried catfish is delicious as they slice it on either side of the backbone so it is basically deboned but frying it with the bone some how makes it the best catfish I have ever eaten. They make their own tartar sauce and you can spice up your own red sauce with as much horseradish as you can tolerate! Beer cold and kept on ice.
The place is right on the access road of IH 35 and is shaped like a ship, so if you sit in the bar section where they shuck the oysters, you can be tilted just a tad, but it is worth it to watch the crew work their magic with the oysters. You can see the kitchen from the bar section or you can sit in the more sedate restaurant section. They also have a mid-sized outdoor patio for those who desire to eat outside or to smoke.
Try the gumbo...........you really cannot go wrong!!!!
My brother who lives in NEW JERSEY insists on eating here every time he visits since he says it is better than the seafood where he lives!
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