Writing & Photography by Chris Perez
The El Chile folks are going coastal. After launching the cantina burger joint El Sapo last year, they are now stretching their creative legs again for Alcomar – rebranding the El Chile on South 1st into a seafood-inspired restaurant with a Latin twist (and a gigantic octopus mural).
Expect bold flavors, elegant presentation and salty margaritas that pair well with everything.
The new concept, interestingly kept open during the revamp, is run by executive chef Alma Alcocer-Thomas of El Alma and Jeff Martinez from El Chile. Expect bold flavors, elegant presentation and salty margaritas that pair well with everything.
Reflecting the restaurant tagline “mariscos y más” (shellfish and more), the menu features oyster, crab, and scallop dishes, but also has a few veggie and meat dishes for non-seafood lovers. These are a few reasons to Al Muerzo at Alcomar this summer…
Soft Shell Crab Torta
grilled lemon aioli, avocado, xalapeños & pickled onions | 14 |
Texas Wagyu Hanger Steak
poblano & goat cheese enchiladas, mojo lobster & avocado | 35 |
chips and salsa
Siklipak sauce (habanero pumpkin seed salsa), escabeche | complimentary |
Don Carlos Margarita
Don Julio blanco, cointreau, lime, bolivian pink salt rim | 12 | (9 during happy hour)
al lado | 6 |
“atole” corn sauce, arugula, grilled tomatoes & arból oil | 19 |
Dulce Vida reposado, damiana, grilled pineapple, lime, bolivian pink salt rim | 12 |
Tito’s vodka, st. germaine macerated berries, lemon, agave mint | 10 |
Painted an inviting, seafoam blue on the outside, the inside adopts a bright, nautical theme with white wood walls and ceilings, wooden tables, and braided ropes that drape the windows – creating the feeling you are dining seaside. They also serve a weekend and holiday brunch from 11am-3pm.
Tip: Love oysters? Make sure to try their Bloody Cesar – their version of a bloody mary that includes serrano-citrus infused Tito’s vodka, house bloody mix, leche de tigre, el chile rim, and a raw oyster.
1816 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Hours: Sunday & Monday: 11 AM-9PM, Tuesday-Thursday: 11AM-10PM,
Friday & Saturday:11AM-11PM
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