The sea has much to teach us: its tides foretell the lunar cycle, its salt treats us to delicious shark jerky, and its colorful creatures prove that nature looks better in Blu-ray. Celebrate the big salty puddle’s sagacity with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of fresh Gulf Coast seafood at Bayseas on Blanco.
Bayseas on Blanco is the latest franchise to uphold the Bayseas heritage, continuing nearly four decades of gratifying hankerings with a menu of hand-cut fish fillets and other down-home fare. Clean-plate-club contests get a shotgun start with Southern classics such as crisp, fluffy hushpuppies ($1.99 for 6, $3.99 for 12) and seafood gumbo, a rich stew in which chicken, beef sausage, and shrimp are set afloat on Cajun mirepoix rafts to voyage into the bellies of peckish patrons ($2.49/cup, $4.99/bowl). Fried-fish platters present a selection of marine eats such as catfish ($8.99–$19.99) and lean, flaky sea trout, known for standing up expectant fishermen, served alongside fries or coleslaw ($7.99–$14.99). Willie’s country plates give fork-flourishing noshers a choice of two sides, cornbread, and a panoply of country favorites from which to derive sustenance and comfort, such as the fried pork chops or Momma Hill’s meatloaf ($8.99 each). The menu also accommodates children and people who are only capable of eating food in nugget form ($3.99 for any kids’ dish).
Casual comfort pervades the dining room’s decidedly nautical theme, with walls of retired ring buoys, retired fishing nets, and retired sailors. Maroon tables marooned on a harlequin floor keep captain’s watch over a fleet of padded seats, with an eye toward the ominous rumbles of hungry bellies in the distance.