Having grown up on a Pacific Northwest oyster farm and then moving to Round Rock as an adult, I'm always a bit dubious about seafood restaurants in the middle of Texas. However, my tummy was grumbling for some oysters last night so I had to push that little voice sqeaking "oysters in Texas, doesn't seem right" out of my head.
Pacific Star Oyster bar is super casual, has a large bar and several televisions and quite a few tables for four or more. This is a place for three things: beer, oysters, and fried things. As I find fried seafood sacrilegious, I was searching the menu for something else. I settled on the oysters Ranchero and my husband had the crawfish etouffee.
The oysters Ranchero were small gulf oysters on the half shell with pico de gallo and melted monterey jack cheese. With the addition of the provided lime slices and a pinch of salt, these oysters were amazing. The oysters themselves are small and not too briny, good for beginners, and mild in taste. My husband is a so-so oyster eater and he had a half-dozen of them.
The crawfish etouffee was a bit soupier than I would deem totally authentic and the rice sort of floated in it but the broth was rich and deep with a little bit of spice. There was plenty of tender crawfish floating around.
The gentleman who seated us and waited on us was extremely friendly and attentive. We will be back.
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