Fresh Seafood in the 806

Written By Courtney Nelson

April 26, 2021

Feast your eyes on a few of the most crave-worthy seafood dishes from Lubbock’s diverse culinary scene. From laid-back fried fare to upscale dinner options, the 806 has a variety for any seafood lover. We hope you packed your appetite!

La Diosa Cellars: Besitos Y Jalapeños

With Latin-inspired tapas and an extensive wine list, it’s no wonder La Diosa Cellars is a local hotspot. Among several to-die-for seafood options, including the Olga Pilar, petite crab cakes with a lemony citrus sauce, and the Aurelia, smoked Alaskan salmon croquettes, you won’t go wrong ordering anything off this menu. Our favorite is the Besitos Y Jalapeños, broiled gulf shrimp with fire-roasted jalapeños, proprietary cheeses and bacon, served with crostini. The blend of these palate-pleasing ingredients is so satisfying, you’ll order another. To wash it down, we recommend a glass of McPherson Cellars’ Italian Field Blend, a unique white wine blend of Trebbiano, Vermentino, Pinot Grigio and Muscat. 

Not only does this downtown gem offer amazing food and wine options, La Diosa is unlike any other place in the “Hub City”. Inspired by the owner Sylvia McPherson’s heritage and travels, this restaurant and wine bistro offer an atmosphere of aesthetics perfect for a date night, wine night with the gals or Sunday brunch.

Royal Seafood Shack: Royal Combo Boil

When you walk into the Royal Seafood Shack by Lee’s Café, you are greeted by a friendly staff and a laid-back, welcoming vibe. With staples such as po’boys and shrimp alfredo, to specialty items like the decadent lobster mac ‘n cheese and messy crab fries, this local favorite is a can’t-miss spot the next time you visit the “Hub City”. 

Although everything on the menu is delicious, we recommend rockin’ your stretchy pants and indulging in a Royal Combo Boil – a low-country seafood boil served with snow crab legs, shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes and a whole lotta’ flavor. You can even customize your boil with different portion sizes, depending on how hungry you are. No matter what you decide to go with, we promise you won’t leave hungry after devouring this mouthwatering seafood feast!

The Catch: Gator and Gumbo

With a line of cars consistently wrapped around the street, The Catch has quickly become a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Newly opened, this casual seafood restaurant boasts fresh Gulf Coast seafood at an affordable price. Whether you prefer blackened, grilled or fried, every made-to-order dish is just as delectable as the last.

We suggest starting out with the gator appetizer. Each piece is perfectly fried to a golden brown and melts in your mouth. Next, order a bowl of the gumbo – trust us, you won’t be disappointed. With a flavorful combination of shrimp, crawfish and sausage, this is one of the most authentic gumbos you can get in West Texas. Lastly, end with the homemade banana pudding and have a quiet moment to yourself.

Pro tip: You’ll want to arrive early as this place fills up quickly! Or, if you’d rather indulge in the comfort of your own home, order online and skip the wait.

The West Table Kitchen and Bar: Oysters on the Half Shell

Yes, you read that correctly. You CAN find top-notch oysters in West Texas! The West Table, located downtown in the Pioneer Building, features an innovative menu that’s always evolving depending on the season. Using global influences, Chef Cameron West crafts American fare using fresh, local ingredients. Next time you visit this hotspot (be sure to make a reservation), do yourself a favor and order the oysters. With a choice of a half dozen or dozen, the eatery offers rotating options, including Blue Point, Irish Point, Beau Soleil and more. Whether you like your oysters with a simple squeeze of lemon or nestled on top of a cracker with mignonette, you’ll find yourself ordering another dozen.

Enjoy your oysters as an appetizer to kick off your meal, or order as your entrée and pair with a Spiced Pear Collins, a house libation with Grey Goose La Poire, lemon soda and sage.

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