Airport Boulevard isn't just a road to the airport—it's one of Austin's great working-class commercial arteries, and this combination seafood market and casual eatery is one of its gems. Serving the landlocked city's freshest seafood (fresh off the plane, if not the boat), Quality traces its history back to 1938 and has been at this address since 1970. Prices are low, preparation is straightforward, and blackboard specials include regional and Cajun favorites like gumbo,
catfish beignets, and inventive twists like crawfish tamales. A large central oyster bar serves up appealing po'boys, steamed mussels, seafood tacos, and a platters with catfish, cod, salmon, shrimp, or rainbow trout—grilled, blackened, or fried as best suits the fish. A half-dozen oysters on the half shell is just $4.99, but the counterman is honest enough to steer you away if he feels they're not up to snuff. Wine is available by the glass and beer by the bottle. Wi-Fi is free.
5621 Airport Blvd., Austin, Texas, United States