by Melissa Robert
Ripped straight from TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market’s Sunday night Facebook post, dollar oyster domination kicked off last night to a full house. The discounts on oysters and fish tacos began at 8:30, but many arrived early, creating a buzz of excitement amidst the seafood enthusiasts. The mix of oysters included Blue Point, Barnstables and owner, Jon Alexis’ favorite, Fisher’s Island. He relayed how thankful he is to have them here since most are gobbled up by big name restaurants in the North East. He raved about the clean, sweet and briny notes of the Fisher’s Island oyster.
I spoke briefly with owner, Jon Alexis, on the first ever dollar oyster night and the success of the new Oak Lawn location. Alexis affectionately refers to TJ’s new Oaklawn location as a fish market with seats. His belief that you shouldn’t have to wear a sport coat to get a fresh piece of fish has been well received in the Dallas area. To accommodate the at-home chefs there is a wall full of recipes including Sweet & Savory Pecan Crusted Fish and New Orleans Style Blackened Fish. Not feeling up to dirtying the kitchen, I don’t blame you, let executive chef Scott Hoffner charm your palate with some of the freshest and most flavorful seafood around.
Hoffner, formerly of Flippin’ Out Crepes, makes a serious San Diego style fish taco that is half price on Sunday nights. You can choose from tilapia or flounder, and did I mention just as many of these fantastic fish tacos left the kitchen as oysters? TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market is open Sunday nights from 8:30 to 10:30 with a full selection of wine, sake and coastal beers that will pair well with any dining selection. And, if you are looking for a few stocking stuffers, be sure to pick up some Fish Sand seasoning and Blind Betty Carribbean hot sauce for your friends and family.
Stay up to date on TJ’s events and specials, including weekly lobster night, by visiting their Facebook page.