|351 W. Taylor Ave.
Round Rock, TX 78664
13507 N. Hwy. 183
Austin, TX 78729
REVIEW – Austin Location
This ain’t no four-star homage to Escoffier, but it’s a good little joint with food that really tastes homemade. The Crab Fingers are the tastiest little doodads this side of the Dell Diamond. Take one bite, and I defy you to stop. The Oysters on the half shell are fresh, cold and delicious. And without the downtown $24 a dozen prices. At $6.95 they’re a steal! And the Catfish Nuggets are essential comfort food. A little high on the calorie side, but even the most rigorous weight watcher has to splurge once in a while. Do it with these! And if you like a mild roux, try the Gumbo. It’s not my favorite in the city (could use a bit more “essence”) but it will not leave you reaching for the Zantac, and has a pleasant flavor.
And make sure to try at least one sandwich known as “The Peacemaker” in New Orleans. I refer of course to the fried Oyster Po Boy. I like the name. Who would want to mix it up when you can be chomping down on this baby instead? It’s simple: served on a fresh French roll with lettuce, tomatoes and mayo. And it rocks!
The entrees at Pacific Star are pretty much a mixture of deep fried seafood favorites and Cajun classics. Afficionados of Catfish will appreciate the dish known as the Whole Catfish. Since pond raising has become so popular, that characteristic slightly muddy taste that these bottom feeders have had is fading. And that’s fine with me. And the Pacific Star Platter is similar to what you see at those tourist trap joints along the Gulf coast with one huge exception: the fried shrimp, crab, oysters, catfish and of curse hushpuppies are actually quite good. Mon cher, my cup runneth over. And I love the Stuffed Whole Flounder. The stuffing consists of crab meat, celery, onions, and bread crumbs along with an ample supply of melted butter. This has seriously mellow and beautifully integrated flavors.
And last but not least, the pièce de résistance, the Crawfish Etouffee. There is an almost immediate flavor rush from the rich dark roux. Fans of a blond roux may not be as crazy about this, but I could eat this dish until I inflicted bodily harm on myself. That’s how much I like it.
So the next time you’re heading to some dreary little chain restaurant in RR, try Pacific Star. This is home cooking with a flair! The kids will like it as will Mom and Dad. It’s win-win, and we can all use a bit of that!