Try These Five Outrageously Awesome Shellfish Dishes in Houston

Beer and lobster never tasted so good.
Beer and lobster never tasted so good.
Photo by Troy Fields

Lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters...these shellfish are all delicious when simply prepared. But sometimes you just want to soak them in beer-butter or coat them in an ultra-thick spiced batter and deep fry them whole until they are crunchy-as-all-hell. And that, our friends, is what we're looking at today. Check out these five outrageously delicious shellfish eats:

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Black Pepper Beer Lobster Where to get it: Hai Cang Seafood Restaurant, 11768 Bellaire

What if we told you that you could get two succulent, wok-fried whole lobsters for $19.99? And what if we told you said lobsters were tossed in a butter, beer, and black pepper and cut into chunks so that each and every crevice is dripping with the rich and spicy hot butter sauce? See you at Hai Cang.

You'll never have to choose between fried and smothered again.
You'll never have to choose between fried and smothered again.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

Crawfish Two Ways Where to get it: Joyce's Seafood & Steaks, 6415 San Felipe

When you can't decide between fried and smothered, get both! At Joyce's, the half and half plate comes fully loaded with puffy, crispy-fried crawfish tails and a decadent, buttery blond crawfish etouffee ($16.95).

You may want to share this one...
You may want to share this one...
Photo by Troy Fields

Shrimp, Crab, & Fried Oyster Campechana Where to get it: Liberty Kitchen, 1050 Studewood

Chef Travis Lenig calls Liberty Kitchen's cuisine "good, honest food" in "man's portions." We tend to agree.

The absolutely loaded Gulf shrimp and blue crab campechana ($15) comes in a jumbo glass that is most definitely tall enough to share with a few friends.

Top it with fried oysters for an extra $2 and dig into the sweet and tangy appetizer -- which has chunks of tomato, avocado, cucumber, and green olive peaking throughout -- alongside a couple of cold ones.

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