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A Taste of the Best Coast at Mongers Market + Kitchen

05.29.2015 by: Travis Sandoval
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Being a landlocked city in Texas, fresh and delicious seafood in Austin has long been in short supply. Luckily, with the recent addition of Mongers Market + Kitchen to East Austin, there’s a new way to sample the coastal life.

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We started our meal with the PEI Mussels from the Starters section of the menu.

Monger’s offers a seasonally changing menu that aims for classic and simple seafood. While we found the dishes to be creative and complex, the menu certainly is pared down to a few great choices. The main focus is on the raw bar and shareable starter plates, making this a great choice for groups looking to graze. Aside from oysters, clams, and crabs, the raw bar also offers a Hamachi Crudo (featuring espellette peppers, Asian pear, serrano, and agave) and Tuna Ceviche (made with yellowfin, kabosu ginger, and sesame).

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We chose the Fish and Grits as our main dish.

Most of the plates are on the larger side, so for two our waiter recommended splitting a starter and a main plate. We chose the PEI Mussels (featuring andouille, fennel, tomatoes, toast) and Fish and Grits (a delicious mix of aged cheddar grits, collards, tomato vinaigrette, and a soft egg).

We wrapped up our meal with the Brown Butter Pound Cake, another recommendation from our waiter that was spot on. Like dessert, dinner is always better with a beverage and the menu also features a great list of beer and wine.

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The Brown Butter Pound Cake was a sweet finish to our meal.

Aside from a fine dining experience, Mongers also offers a retail market where you can buy fresh gulf fish. In fact, many restaurants around town buy their fish from this market. 

The interior of the restaurant is cozy with a few smaller tables that surround a large communal pub table. We found the restaurant to be bustling with activity and pretty noisy. It’s definitely set up well for all kinds of groups but probably less so for intimate dates. The decor is bright and coastal with light wood planks on the walls and organic accents. A stand out feature is the driftwood partitions that hide the bathroom doors while also revealing a large mural of the Texas coast. 

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A standout feature of the coastal themed decor.

This weekend, get a taste of the best of the coast at Mongers Market + Kitchen.

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{Thumbnail photo courtesy of  Mongers Market + Kitchen Facebook page }

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