Part seafood shop, part restaurant, Quality Seafood Market brings the best fish, shellfish, and specialty seafood to the Austin. The shop will celebrate its 75th anniversary in January 2013, making it one of Austin’s oldest businesses. Its cases are filled with every type of seafood imaginable, from whole fish to breaded shrimp, from Gulf oysters to smoked trout; and a good portion of its seafood is sourced from the Texas coast on the Gulf of Mexico, including oysters, catfish, flounder, shrimp, yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, black drum, striped bass, and redfish. Quail from nearby Lockhart is stuffed with Texas Gulf shrimp, and boudin is made in east Texas. Shelves are stocked with local sauces from Stubbs, Winston’s, and Austin Slow Burn, and the market accepts the Go Local card, which offers five percent off shop purchases to encourage customers to buy local when possible.
Each week Quality Seafood Market also sends out a newsletter highlighting the week’s specials and detailing Gulf Coast news, from recent storms to the opening of oyster season. In addition, owner Carol Huntsberger is proud that the shop can help with fundraisers for Candlelight Ranch, where at-risk and special needs children can learn and play in a supportive outdoor environment.