It’s springtime in Austin, which means it’s practically summer in Austin. And that means it’s time to relax on the patio, soak up the sun, and start devouring some fresh seafood. A group of regional restaurants has two new seafood restaurants to help Austinites feast.
Plank Seafood Provisions, recently opened at The Domain, is owned by Flagship Restaurant Group, based in Omaha, Nebraska, but that doesn’t mean this landlocked business is a fish out of water. In fact, Flagship has 15 sushi restaurants from the Midwest to the South – and a variety of other restaurant concepts, including the Tex-Asian Anthem pub in Austin’s Rainey Street neighborhood.
The Plank concept originated in Omaha in 2013 and is billed as a “coastal-inspired oyster and seafood grill bar”, which seeks to “transport guests to an elevated yet whimsical ocean-themed setting. “.
Sustainable sourcing of seafood is the name of the fish game at Plank. In fact, Flagship Restaurant Group is the revered Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch’s largest sushi restaurant group partner and maintains a Conscious Earth program that commits the company to responsible and sustainable seafood sourcing. The restaurant’s menu even includes details on sourcing each fish, fish roe, shellfish, and meat product that Plank serves.
The new restaurant – adorned with boat-shaped wood carvings, nautical rope accents, and marine-style artwork – has a full bar and wood-fired grill, and the dishes on the menu range from must-try seafood dishes to weird but intriguing platters. Highlights include seafood rounds from the raw sea bass, chowder fries, crispy crab turkey necks with creole sauce and chives, sautÃ©ed mussels, plancha scallops and a fillet of shell crab sandwich soft.
Saturday and Sunday brunches include entrees like a crayfish omelet, fried clam strips, and BLT avocado toast with bacon and onion jam. The kid-friendly tackle box menu takes into account that toddlers aren’t necessarily addicted to seafood and includes corn dogs and grilled sourdough cheese, as well as grilled salmon.
Unsurprisingly, Plank also offers cocktails and mocktails inspired by seafood, including the Overboard Oyster (oyster, infused vodka, cocktail sauce, hot sauce, dirty mix) and the Island Hopper, made up of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Electric Austin’s Pinthouse Brewery Jellyfish IPA, pineapple and lemon. The restaurant also offers a selection of beers and wines.
Plank also has a four season patio for seafood lovers to dine in the aforementioned alfresco style.
Plank Seafood Provisions is open daily for lunch and dinner service, Monday through Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and for brunch service on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Until April 4, Plank will welcome Austinites with half-price oysters.
And proving that there is always more fish in the sea, Flagship Restaurant Group will also open its Blue Sushi Sake Grill – the company’s very first concept – in Austin in April. With Blue Sushi Sake Grill already open in Dallas and Fort Worth, the company plans to expand further into Texas with its Austin spot, as well as a location in Houston that will open by the end of this summer.